SOURCE: Trilliant Incorporated

April 30, 2008 07:00 ET

Trilliant and Motorola Introduce iDEN®-Based Communications Solutions for Advanced Energy Meters

Over-the-Air Switching for Private and Public Wireless Network Support Delivers Flexibility and Cost Savings

REDWOOD CITY, CA and SCHAUMBURG, IL--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - Trilliant Incorporated, the industry's leading provider of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) based on open standards, and Motorola, Inc. today announced co-developed advanced meter communications solutions for iDEN® public and private utility customers. These real-time solutions allow utility companies to better service customers and reduce expenses with flexible and scalable solutions that can be integrated with other technologies and applications to meet the evolving needs of the utilities market.

"Our relationship with Trilliant has enabled us to co-develop the industry's first 'underglass' standards-compliant two-way advanced meter communications products for commercial electric meters and advanced gas meter instruments that can operate over both Public and Private iDEN® networks," said Jim Hanson, energy and utility industry principal of Motorola's Enterprise Mobility business. "Together, Motorola and Trilliant have developed an ideal wireless communications solution for commercial and industrial solid state electric meters -- saving customers time and money with secure communications and data transfers."

Motorola and Trilliant offer support for four of the major energy meter brands, including Elster A3 Alpha®, GE kV2c+, Itron SENTINEL®, and Landis+Gyr S4 families of meters. AMI solutions for these meters are available now and use Trilliant CellReader® Communications on Motorola's private Harmony™ and iDEN® communications networks and on Sprint/Nextel public iDEN® networks. These advanced meter communications systems can also support over-the-air switching between public Sprint/Nextel and Motorola Private Harmony systems. The combined meter brands represent the majority of all ANSI meters being sold into commercial and industrial (C&I) metering applications.

Motorola's Harmony system is a user-owned wireless voice communications network designed to provide mobile workforces with fast, flexible communication services. These digital private wireless systems range from large, multi-state utility networks to small, single-site private systems. The Trilliant CellReader meter communications modules with integrated iDEN® communications provide utilities with an optimum solution for ensuring complete regional coverage while fully leveraging investments in private wireless networks. Thousands of meters with integrated iDEN® CellReader communications are already deployed at utilities in the United States. The same module can support both Motorola Private Harmony systems, as well as public Nextel networks. These latest CellReader offerings are the result of continued collaborations and joint development utilizing the latest iDEN® technologies.

"Motorola is an established leader in providing communication solutions for utilities," said Paul Karr, vice president of marketing of Trilliant Incorporated. "The CellReader solution with iDEN® communications delivers the market's most flexible and cost effective solution for utilities who have invested in Harmony™ wireless network platforms."

CellReader Advanced Communications Solutions

The Trilliant CellReader solution with Motorola iDEN-based communications provides remote interval and time-of-use data collection, including all necessary register, load profile and meter diagnostic data, using packet data transmission. It requires no external power supply and no batteries and provides secure, tamper-resistant operation. CellReader modules are factory integrated under glass C&I class meters and provide for communications to legacy MV-90 systems or to the Trilliant SerViewCom® Data Acquisition and Data Processing Platform.

Supported Meters and Availability

The Elster A3 Alpha and Itron SENTINEL meters using Motorola communications and Trilliant CellReaders technology are available now in production quantities. The GE kV2c+ is available now in sample quantities with production in Q3 2008. The L+G S4 is scheduled for availability by end of 2008. Also available now with iDEN® support is the Trilliant CellGateway standalone device providing communications via standard RS232 or RS485 interfaces.

About Trilliant Incorporated

Trilliant Incorporated is an industry-leading provider of wireless communications solutions that support smart grid applications such as advanced metering, demand response, and grid management. With more than 20 years' experience delivering standards-based solutions, the company is focused on enabling choice for utilities from meter, network and IT infrastructures to full or hybrid outsource models involving metering services, submetering, AMI system management and data management services. Trilliant has more than 100 utility customers including Duke Energy, E.ON US (Louisville Gas & Electric), Hydro One, Hydro Quebec, Milton Hydro, Northeast Utilities, OneOK, PowerStream, Public Service Electric & Gas, San Diego Gas & Electric, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Ltd., and Union Gas. The company is privately owned. For more information about Trilliant, please visit http://www.trilliantinc.com.

About Motorola

Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications. The company develops technologies, products and services that make mobile experiences possible. Our portfolio includes communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility solutions, digital set-tops, cable modems, mobile devices and Bluetooth accessories. Motorola is committed to delivering next generation communication solutions to people, businesses and governments. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.6 billion in 2007. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit http://www.motorola.com.

Trilliant, CellReader and SerViewCom are registered trademarks or trademarks of Trilliant Incorporated and/or its affiliated companies. All other third party marks mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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