zed.i solutions inc.

zed.i solutions inc.

January 17, 2006 17:58 ET

zed.i solutions inc. Announces the Issuance of a Patent on its FINE System® Technology by the United States Patent Office

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 17, 2006) - zed.i solutions inc. (TSX VENTURE:ZED) (the "Company") today announces that it has received U.S. Patent Number 6,985,831 titled "Systems for Acquiring Data from a Facility and Method", which protects the proprietary function of the company's Smart-Alek® system and FINE System® operating network. Combined with patent # 6,963,817, issued in November 2005, today's patent establishes the essence of an operating system to manage a wide variety of instruments and systems on the company's FINE™ network. Through this innovative operating system, a broad range of production operations applications will be accessible to the oil and gas market, allowing them to manage their production operations with greater insight and certainty.

In 2006, zed.i intends to invest technical resources to continue work on defining its intellectual property and applying for new patents associated with the FINE System®. This will further strengthen the protection of the ongoing investment in the FINE System®, which creates a robust network management operating system for zed.i customers. In addition, patent applications are filed in Canada, Japan and Europe, which will now proceed following the issue of the U.S. patent.

Central to zed.i's business model, and the supporting core information delivery platform, is the proprietary FINE System® architecture. The FINE System® is an integrated end-to-end system that is capable of collecting data from decentralized points of the production process, and deploying innovative technologies to influence operational productivity. Further value is added when production operations management teams deliver timely, accurate information throughout their companies with the use of intuitive, Internet-hosted applications. All solutions developed by zed.i solutions are based on this concept and incorporate the three core components of FINE™. 1) FI represents the Field Intelligence where data is collected from sensors and then analyzed and interpreted in an intelligent form. 2) N stands for communications Network where data is processed, encrypted and transmitted from a remote location to a secure centralized database. 3) E represents the End-user interface where data is mined and interpreted to create actionable information that accomplishes business objectives.

The patent protects the unique FINE System® process developed by the Company, and facilitates plug-and-play solutions for oil and gas producers, providing data integrity and operational certainty from the field to head office. The FINE System® brings significant value to oil and gas production operations, and their people, enabling them to make a productive shift in operational performance. This brings certainty to decentralized production operations management while reducing cost of ownership internally. zed.i is well positioned with a unique offering for production operations intelligence in the marketplace.

Toku Ito, the Company's Chief Technology Officer, said, "This second patent in conjunction with the last patent ensures that the protection we have extends well beyond the instrument to the entire network." The FINE System® brings significant value to zed.i through reduced cost of ownership, scalability, and quality of service through data accuracy, integrity and reliability. The Company will continue to support and deliver an exceptional customer experience through its speed of deployment, network reliability and customer service and support.

zed.i solutions inc. (ZED on TSX Venture Exchange) is a leading provider of innovative technologies for the management of production operations in the energy sector. The focus of our business is three fold. One is zed.i Field Intelligence, including electronic flow measurement and metering as well as optimization solutions that maximize production by controlling equipment in real time. The second focus is zed.i Web Services, comprised of network communications and software designed to manage the business information needs to link remote assets and production with operations, head office and throughout the enterprise. The third focus is the zed.i Services Culture, where we invest in our people and organizational infrastructure to continually improve customer experience. Energy producers can increase earnings by using digital information to improve the complex business processes that impact oil and gas production. zed.i seeks to develop and commercialize technologies that improve customer cash flow from the reservoir to the point of sale and address the needs of field, regional and head office operating personnel. For more information please visit www.zedisolutions.com.

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