Comverge announces $3.2 million Maingate contract with PPL Electric Utilities

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., April 9, 2002 — Comverge Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Data Systems & Software Inc., announced today that it has entered into a $3.2 million contract for an integrated deployment of its Maingateà¢â€ž- C&I wireless web gateway system combined with its PowerCAMPà¢â€ž- End-to-End Energy Intelligenceà¢â€ž- software solution.

The contract provides for near real-time wireless automated meter reading (AMR) gateways, for PPL Electric Utilities’ (PPL) largest commercial and industrial (C&I) customers that together account for nearly one quarter of PPL Electric Utilities’ regional revenue. PPL Electric Utilities is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation. The wireless gateway deployments will be in a 10,000 square mile area of central and eastern Pennsylvania, for operation in 2002.

Robert M. Chiste, Chief Executive Officer of Comverge stated, “Investor-owned utilities now have a viable cost-effective alternative to other AMR systems. Our wireless Maingateà¢â€ž- C&I provides the end-to-end solution for those utilities upgrading their metering communication systems for their large commercial customers. Wireless internet allows for swift deployments and flexible routing of valuable energy usage data.”

Michael E. Bray, President of PPL Electric Utilities, stated, “Comverge’s full-spectrum wireless gateways together with their PowerCAMPà¢â€ž- software enable a quick deployment of wireless web-based AMR for our largest industrial and commercial customers. We view AMR as a technology that will enable us to continue our leadership position in customer service and satisfaction.”

About PPL Electric Utilities
PPL Electric Utilities is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation. Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corporation controls or owns more than 10,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States, markets energy in select U.S. states and Canada, and delivers electricity to nearly 6 million customers in Pennsylvania, the United Kingdom and Latin America.

About Comverge Technologies, Inc.
Comverge Technologies Inc.’s End-to-End Energy Intelligenceà¢â€ž- software suite, PowerCAMPà¢â€ž-, combined with its field-proven hardware development and manufacturing expertise, enable scalable information infrastructures-custom-designed to meet the needs of today’s energy suppliers.

Comverge Technologies Group provides integrated, full-spectrum solutions for direct or voluntary load control programs, remote meter reading, price-responsive programs, time-of-use billing, distributed generation monitoring, theft/outage detection and more. Comverge Enterprises Group provides business solutions including owned and operated systems, negawatt power purchase agreements, and joint ventures. For more information visit

In addition to the energy management solutions business conducted through Comverge, Data Systems & Software is a provider of computer consulting and development services, and is an authorized direct seller and value added reseller of computer hardware. Through its Decision Systems Israel subsidiary, DSSI provides IT solutions. For additional information on DSSI, visit: or For additional information on Decision Systems Israel, visit

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