TWACS® Net Server software certified MultiSpeak® 2 compliant by NRECA

St. Louis, MO, Jan. 19, 2004 — Distribution Control Systems, Inc. (DCSI), a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies Inc., and manufacturer of the power line carrier automatic meter reading system TWACS® (two-way automatic communication system), announced that the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has certified the TWACS Net Serverà¢â€ž- (TNS) version 2.02 SP3 software application is MultiSpeak® 2 compliant for the meter reading-customer billing data flow.

DCSI’s TWACS Net Server (TNS) is the first meter reading software package to pass 2.2 compliance testing.

DCSI is an active participant in the MultiSpeak Software Integration Initiative, and has been since its inception in 2001. In a collaborative effort, 120 companies and consultants are participating in the development of the architecture for MultiSpeak standards. The objective of this effort is to develop a uniform definition of the features of the data to be exchanged between the most commonly utilized software applications to enable software vendors to address cooperatives’ integration needs.

Those companies and cooperatives with technologies that are compliant with the standard do not have to create their own customized interfaces to retrieve meter reading data for billing systems.

With the inherent, demonstrated reliability of TWACS power line communication system, and the implementation of the MultiSpeak 2 standard, DCSI is able to provide interface solutions that allow utilities to minimize the costs of specific interface development to meet automated meter reading requirements for customer billing.

The MultiSpeak Initiative is a collaborative effort of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) along with software providers and consultants that serve electric utilities.

MultiSpeak’s goal is to make interoperable software available to utilities as cost effectively as possible. In order to accomplish this, the Initiative seeks to gain as wide a consensus on the definition of data exchange specifications as possible. Where custom development is necessary to meet a specific utility’s needs, MultiSpeak provides a foundation that minimizes the cost of specialized development. Additional information is available at www.multispeak.org.

DCSI is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and has manufactured and marketed the highly successful and field-proven TWACS two-way power line communication technology for over 25 years.

TWACS solutions cost-effectively provide unique capabilities ideally suited for AMR, Load Control, Interval Data, TOU/Real-Time Pricing, Line-Voltage Monitoring, Outage/Restoration Data, Remote Disconnect/Connect, and Tamper/Theft Detection using open architecture interfaces. There are over 6.5 million devices installed or under contract. Customers include ATCO Electric, Florida Power & Light Co., PPL Electric Utilities, Puerto Rico Public Power Authority, Wisconsin Public Service Co., and over 100 electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. For more information visit www.twacs.com.


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