UtiliNet AMI Technology Passes Testing for Ontario Utility Smart Metering Working Group

    ATLANTA, Jan. 14 /CNW/ -- UtiliNet(R), the advanced two-way AMI and Smart
Grid solution from Cellnet+Hunt, successfully passed system testing conducted
by an Ontario utility consortium.
    (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070924/CLM050 )
    The testing process was facilitated by Util-Assist on behalf of the
Ontario Utility Smart Metering (OUSM) working group, a consortium of 57
Ontario LDC's.  The OUSM has worked in an educational capacity since 2005.
Util-Assist reported the successful results of the Cellnet+Hunt system testing
to OUSM members in an AMI evaluation report delivered at the OUSM Working
Group Conference on Dec. 12, 2007. The system test report provides validation
that the Cellnet+Hunt technology meets the requirements of the Ontario Smart
Metering Initiative.
    "We look at all aspects of how the system performs to gain an
understanding of its architecture, how it stores and accesses data, and how it
interfaces with other networks," said James Douglas, President and Senior
Consultant of Util-Assist. "This is hands-on standardized testing the utility
can point to when making decisions about a system."
    The OUSM has to date tested 11 different technologies, and utilities have
installed five of these 11 technologies during Phase I of the Ontario Smart
Meter deployment. Cellnet+Hunt completed the testing at its Kansas City
National Network Operating Center that currently manages and delivers data
from over 14 million meters daily. Util-Assist ran standard test scripts that
tested the system architecture not only for its capability to meet and exceed
daily interval data requirements, but also for its capability to acquire other
operational information that maximizes the value of the AMI.
    "Successful completion of this test is another step forward for our North
American advanced metering strategy," said Lee Frank, General Manager of
Cellnet+Hunt's RF Mesh product line. "As we continue pursuing opportunities
throughout Canada, our demonstrated ability to meet system requirements is a
key advantage."
    UtiliNet is the leading two-way asynchronous RF mesh network combining
AMI, DA, SCADA and multi-service utility meter operation functions into one
Smart Grid network platform. UtiliNet is currently operational at over 200
utilities worldwide.
    About Cellnet+Hunt
    Cellnet+Hunt is the leading provider of advanced metering, energy
efficiency, and infrastructure communication systems to electric, gas, and
water utilities worldwide. The company's proven record of customer
satisfaction and value creation is supported by over 20 million customer
advanced metering end points in production or under contract at more than 500
utilities worldwide. Cellnet+Hunt is part of the global Bayard Group of energy
efficiency companies. For more information visit www.cellnethunt.com.

For further information:

For further information: Dan Jacobson of Cellnet+Hunt, +1-218-562-5195, 
dan.jacobson@cellnethunt.com Web Site: http://www.cellnethunt.com

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