MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc.

MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc.

March 08, 2005 07:30 ET

NSTAR Chooses MDSI's Advantex r7; Solution to Improve Enterprise Field Service Efficiency and Performance


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MARCH 8, 2005 - 07:30 ET

NSTAR Chooses MDSI's Advantex r7; Solution to Improve
Enterprise Field Service Efficiency and Performance

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 8, 2005) - MDSI Mobile
Data Solutions Inc. (TSX:MMD)(NASDAQ:MDSI)

NSTAR, the largest investor-owned electric and gas utility in
Massachusetts, has selected MDSI Mobile Data Solutions' Advantex r7
software to manage service, meter, emergency and customer service work
for its gas operations.

For NSTAR Gas Operations, Advantex will transform largely paper-based
processes for scheduling, assigning, dispatching, and managing field
work into a fully automated, wirelessly enabled, real-time system. The
Advantex enterprise-wide mobile workforce management solution will let
all NSTAR users become more productive.

According to Jim Devereaux, NSTAR's Director of Gas Service, "Our goal
is to increase customer satisfaction and productivity. We expect to be
able to complete more jobs in a day, assign work more efficiently,
reduce unproductive travel time, and exchange real time updates between
the field, dispatchers and call center representatives. Our familiarity
with MDSI, coupled with feedback from other Advantex users, makes us
confident that we can make that happen."

"NSTAR is a long-standing customer of MDSI. We look forward to extending
Advantex to their entire operation, and to extending our relationship
with NSTAR into the future," commented Erik Dysthe, MDSI's President,
CEO and Chairman.

Advantex helps companies provide better customer service and improves
field productivity. It automatically schedules and dispatches work
orders, and helps field workers, supervisors and dispatchers record and
manage their work throughout the day and report results wirelessly, in
real time. At NSTAR, Advantex will enable 200 workers to work more
efficiently and will be part of an enterprise solution that also manages
customer service, asset and parts information, It will be used in
conjunction with Verizon's 1xRTT network and Panasonic rugged mobile
computers.

About NSTAR

NSTAR transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas to 1.4 million
customers in Eastern and Central Massachusetts, including over one
million electric customers in 81 communities and nearly 300,000 gas
customers in 51 communities.

About MDSI

MDSI is the largest, most successful and experienced provider of mobile
workforce management software in the world. MDSI's software improves
customer service and relationships and reduces operating costs by
allowing companies to manage field resources more effectively.
Headquartered in Richmond, BC, Canada, MDSI was founded in 1993 and has
approximately 325 employees. The company has operations and support
offices in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. MDSI
services approximately 100 customers and has licensed more than 80,000
field service users around the world. MDSI is a public company traded on
the Toronto Stock Exchange (MMD) and on NASDAQ (MDSI). www.mdsi.ca.

This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown
risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual
results, performance or achievements, or developments in our industry,
to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or
achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements in this release include statements as to
MDSI's expectations regarding extension of its Advantex product to the
entire NSTAR organization. Factors that could cause actual results to
differ materially from anticipated results include risks and
uncertainties such as: the possibility that our potential customers will
defer purchasing decisions due to economic, political or other
conditions or will purchase products offered by our competitors; product
development, product pricing or other initiatives of MDSI's competitors;
and other risks and uncertainties detailed in MDSI's most recent Annual
Report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. MDSI disclaims any intention or
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether
as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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    Robin Jones
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    or
    MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc.
    Rick Wadsworth
    Investors
    (519) 729-7998
    ir@mdsi.ca
    www.mdsi.ca