Report highlights growth in U.S. AMR deployments

Pequannock, NJ, June 21, 2002 — Cognyst Consulting announces publication of the 4th edition of “The Scott Report: Insights on AMR Deployments in the United States.”

Regarded as an authoritative source of AMR (automated meter reading) market data, Insights is the result of an exhaustive and comprehensive research and analysis effort covering the market for AMR systems and related subsystems, devices, and services in North America.

Highlights from the Insights report include:
* The number of AMR units shipped in the US has grown 40% from 2000 to 2001, growing from 5.5 million to 7.7 million units.
* 54.8% of all electric IOUs have some form of AMR.
* The RF market share of AMR projects in the US is 84.4%, with 2,782 out of 4,445 projects.
* 17% of the AMR installed base of systems were initiated in 2001 (757 new AMR projects).

Insights on AMR Deployments in the United States includes a summary of all AMR deployments and details on market penetration and growth by industry segment. Additional information includes the potential for future industry growth, a study of project durations, a projection for the growth of the industry and several other specialized topics.

Howard Scott, Managing Partner at Cognyst and Editor of The Scott Report series noted: “The breadth and growth of the AMR industry is truly impressive. That this market strength can occur at a time when the U.S. is suffering through a recession is strong proof that utilities believe in this technology. All indications are that the AMR industry will continue to grow for the next several years.”

“Those of us who produce The Scott Report want to thank the many industry participants who have been so supportive of this work and especially the long list of vendors who have trusted us with their private shipping records.”

Cognyst Consulting is a provider of customer service and technology services and solutions for electric, gas, and water/wastewater utilities. Cognyst services include business case development, technology procurement, reengineering, project management, strategic planning, and policy analysis. The firm also published a series of annual utility market studies, including the “The Scott Report”, a study of the automatic meter reading market.

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