Asplundh announces partnership to market new utility vegetation management solution system

Willow Grove, PA, May 8, 2006 — Asplundh Tree Expert Co. announced that it has signed a license and distribution agreement to bring eVMS, an electronic vegetation management solution, to customers in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

eVMS’s patent-pending software and business process are designed to provide the tools and support for utilities to create, plan, execute, monitor, and report on aspects of transmission and/or distribution vegetation management programs and activities. Such activities may include performing an inventory of vegetation, prioritizing pruning activities, and scheduling the people and equipment to perform the required tasks. eVMS is also designed to help utilities to comply with and report on new NERC mandatory transmission clearance requirements.

eVMS was developed by three companies in the United States: CN Utility Consulting, Enporion, and ViryaNet. CNUC provides product definition leadership. Enporion is responsible for the development and operation of eVMS, which has incorporated key capabilities from ViryaNet’s work management system, Service Hub.

A pre-production field trial of eVMS was completed with Asplundh and Southern California Edison. The project, conducted in the second half of 2005, demonstrated the capabilities of eVMS to capture and update inventory information, dispatch work assignments to crews, capture completed work, and report results, said a recent press release from Asplundh.

As a result of the announced agreement, Asplundh Tree Expert Co. will now market eVMS.

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