AMR system survives wrath of Hurricane Ivan in Alabama & Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS, September 27, 2004 — Southern Company service territories in Alabama and Mississippi were among the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Ivan when it came ashore from the Gulf of Mexico on the evening of Sept. 15. Yet despite top winds of 135 MPH, a deluge of rainfall and sporadic tornadoes throughout the region, a new generation of automatic meter reading (AMR) installations by Advanced Metering Data Systems (www.AMDSWireless.com) not only survived the storm but operated flawlessly throughout the ordeal.

The patent pending AMDS technology represents a new approach to the gathering, transport and dissemination of utility metering data that is based on a wireless network architecture that is simple, reliable and inexpensive to purchase, install and maintain.

“AMDS avoids reliance on complex third-party cellular and RF common carriers that can default to busy signals and must first be reinitialized after a catastrophic outage,” said Marc Reed, AMDS vice president of systems & software. “Because the AMDS system controls all critical communications elements, it was able to keep operating throughout the storm, collecting valuable meter readings, power failure events, power restorations, and line voltage readings even in Hurricane Ivan’s hardest hit areas. Our tower network remained 100 percent operational the during entire storm, even though some tower sites operated for 8 hours or more on internal back-up power.”

Formed in 2003 by a team of experienced industry professionals, AMDS provides automatic meter reading technology and monitoring services to electric, gas and water utilities using patented technology and a dedicated, FCC-licensed fixed wireless network.

The AMDS system provides secure, reliable meter data from a fixed based wireless network. Unmatched reliability is achieved by nationwide receiver tower coverage of metering end-points, data/message redundancy, fail-over backup provisions and operation on FCC licensed primary-use (unshared) spectrum that no other AMR system can claim.

ABOUT AMDS

Advanced Metering Data Systems, LLC is a metering and wireless connectivity company with headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana. AMDS provides automatic meter reading technology and monitoring services to electric, gas and water utilities using patented technology and a dedicated, FCC-licensed fixed wireless network. Please visit us at www.AMDSWireless.com.

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