Powerline carrier AMR technology expands reach, annual report finds


ATLANTA, Sept. 25, 2002 — Powerline carrier technology is no longer just for cooperatives.

The rise of automated meter reading (AMR) vendor Distribution Control Systems Inc. (DCSI) is testimony to that, as the Hazelwood, Mo.-based vendor has used its two-way powerline technology to grab an estimated 10% of the AMR market, according to a new report from Chartwell Inc.

By garnering a sizeable share of the largest network AMR installations announced in recent years, DCSI has vaulted into third in estimated marketshare behind leaders Itron and SchlumbergerSema, according to The Chartwell AMR Report 2002, 7th Edition. Itron, the long-time industry leader, maintains an estimated 54% of the AMR market while SchlumbergerSema has about 28%, according to the report.

In addition to market analysis, The Chartwell AMR Report 2002 offers the latest trends surrounding utility management strategies and technology implementation regarding AIndustry analysis and the majority of conclusions made in the report are derived from data compiled through Chartwell’s exclusive industry survey, the only survey of its kind that examines the AMR industry from utilities’ perspective.

Chartwell surveyed 115 utility executives and managers at random via telephone in late July and August 2002.

The surveys also indicate that utilities are incorporating AMR into their plans at a slow and steady rate. The number of utilities using or at least considering AMR has increased from 85% to 96% over the past four years, according to recent Chartwell surveys. This includes utilities using, testing, planning or considering the technology.

Indeed, most utilities see some need for AMR, whether for a full deployment or for niche applications, such as hard-to-read and commercial/industrial meters.

The Chartwell AMR Report 2002 is part of The Chartwell AMR Research Series that provides twice-monthly analysis and industry updates. The Series will examine the survey data in greater detail throughout the next 12 months to provide Chartwell’s members with a look at specific industry issues, including the use of AMR for:

* reducing the cost of reads for transient customers;
* submetering apartments and office buildings;
* providing detailed energy usage data to commercial and industrial customers;
* providing prepaid metering;
* and much more.

Membership in The Chartwell AMR Research Series is available annually. For more information, call Juli Collins at 800.432.5879 or 404.237.9099, or visit www.chartwellinc.com .

Source: Chartwell Inc.

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