ElectriCities selects OSI to supply a new SCADA and metering system

Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 11, 2002 — Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI), a provider of open and high-performance automation solutions to electric utilities, has been awarded a contract to supply a SCADA and Energy Metering System to the North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1, an agency of ElectriCities of North Carolina.

The system includes a real-time communications interface direct to solid state metering using the DNP3.0 protocol, SCADA functionality, Historical Information Management, and Energy Accounting.

The system is based on the Microsoft® Windows 2000 platform with the primary and backup master stations located at two geographically separated sites connected via a Wide Area Network. Meters are connected via a Frame Relay Network to the SCADA system.

The system is scheduled to be delivered four months after contract award date and commissioned six months after the contract award. North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 has an ownership interest in generating facilities in North Carolina and distributes this power to 19 cities/municipalities in the piedmont and western part of the state.

ElectriCities of North Carolina (www.electricities.com) is a service organization representing cities, towns and universities with electric distribution systems.

ElectriCities provides customer service, safety training, emergency and technical assistance, communications, as well as government affairs and legal services for 100 cities in the Carolinas and Virginia, 51 of which are members of the North Carolina Municipal Power Agencies.

OSI (www.osii.com & www.e-scada.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, provides open, state-of-the-art, high-performance automation solutions to electric utilities worldwide.

These solutions include Energy Management Systems (EMS), Distribution Management Systems (DMS), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems, and Generation Management Systems (GMS), as well as individual software products and e-business solutions for electric utility operations. For additional information regarding this News Release please contact: Robin Noll, at rnoll@osii.com..

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