Avante Security and Aztech Associates Reach Agreement to Integrate Energy Management Systems



    
    Energy Management Solution enhanced by bringing together two leading-edge
    made-in-Ontario technologies
    

    TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Avante Security Corp. (TSXV: ASY) ("Avante")
and Aztech Associates Inc. ("Aztech") are pleased to announce they have signed
a Memorandum of Understanding. Under the terms of the agreement, Avante and
Aztech will integrate their respective exclusive technologies into current
product lines to offer a comprehensive home automation and energy management
solution. Aztech specializes in conservation and demand management accessories
for the utilities industry and remote monitoring and control, utilizing
terrestrial and satellite wireless systems, which can integrate seamlessly
with major meter manufacturers' devices for In-Home Displays (IHD). Under the
agreement, both Avante and Aztech are committed to develop a portable in-home
display for the Avante smartboxx Energy Manager solution.
    "This agreement brings two leading-edge technologies together to develop
a made-in-Ontario energy management solution that is ground-breaking in the
industry," said Emmanuel Mounouchos, President and CEO. "Avante has been
searching for a reliable in-home display option for some time to complement
its Avante smartboxx platform, and the Aztech IHD meets our specific
requirements."
    "We are very excited to partner with Avante to extend the Aztech In-Home
Display solution to our utility partner base," added Geoff Salter, CEO of
Aztech. "We believe the Avante smartboxx and the Energy Manager technology
provide our utility partner with an attractive electricity and natural gas
management solution."
    The Avante smartboxx family of technologies is the latest advance in
true, two-way, interactive wireless automation. The Avante smartboxx platform
is a significant technology upgrade to its currently deployed patent-pending
724Smart WIP(TM). This latest release includes expanded functionality with a
full range of extended automation and energy management features. The Avante
smartboxx "anywhere, anytime" remote monitoring and control technology
hardware uses GSM, SMS and GPRS networks to interact and communicate.
    The Avante smartboxx family of technologies includes: the Energy Manager,
Server Room Protection Manager, Family Help Button, and Flood Protector, along
with the complete Home Manager Solution. Mobile devices interact with energy
infrastructure such as electricity, gas and water metering, HVAC equipment
controls, and electric load management. Your home is automatically placed in
energy conservation mode when you activate your security system.
    The Aztech In-Home Display communicates wirelessly with smart meters, and
combines the novel use of light patterns and graphical displays to provide
homeowners with electricity usage and cost information to better manage their
utility consumption. This direct and immediate feedback is imperative to
raising energy awareness, empowering families to conserve energy, save money
and protect the environment.

    
    About Avante Security Corporation
    ---------------------------------
    

    Over the past thirteen years, Avante has built its reputation as
Toronto's preeminent security company by providing premium security services
through the use of advanced technology and a focus on client service.
Trademarked 724Smart WIP(TM), the Company's proprietary technologies provide
"anywhere, anytime" two-way wireless communication to any electronic device.
Originally developed for wireless security applications, the technology's open
architecture provides a platform for expanded functionality, and the Company
is now positioned to exploit the growing worldwide opportunities in energy
management and metering applications and home automation and remote video
monitoring, among others.
    Additional information relating to Avante is available on SEDAR at
www.sedar.com, and on the Company's website at www.avantesecurity.com.

    
    About Aztech Associates Inc.
    ----------------------------
    

    Established in 1993, Aztech Associates Inc. enjoyed early success with
global customers by specializing in the design of embedded low power systems
featuring wireless technology. The company achieved international acclaim
after developing a remote satellite tracking system which allowed clients to
monitor the precise location and status of railway cars. Aztech then expanded
the system for the oil and gas exploration and shipping industries to monitor
the temperature of refrigerated cargo containers, the course and speed of
ships, and the amount of fuel in an individual truck. Aztech now specializes
in energy conservation and demand management (CDM) products for the home, and
has rapidly become one of North America's leading designers and manufacturers
of simple-to-use smart grid accessories for complete Home Area Network (HAN)
energy management. Aztech Associates Inc. is headquartered in Kingston,
Ontario, and also has offices in Annapolis, Maryland. For more information,
please visit Aztech's website at www.aztechinc.com.

    
    The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. The TSX
    Venture Exchange Inc. has in no way passed upon the merits of the
    proposed transaction, and has neither approved nor disapproved of the
    contents of this release.
    

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For further information:

For further information: please contact (for Avante): Leland Verner,
Chairman, (416) 823-7474, lelandv@avantesecurity.com; Emmanuel Mounouchos,
President & CEO, (416) 923-6984 x224, manny@avantesecurity.com; For Aztech
Associates: Geoff Salter, President, (613) 384-9400 x24,
gsalter@aztechinc.com; Gardner McBride, Vice President, (613) 384-9400 x31,
gsmcbride@aztechinc.com

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