RAMAR introduces new electric TransPondIT

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Sept. 27, 2002 — RAMAR® announced a new TransPondIT®, a meter interface unit (MIU), designed specifically to meet the needs of the North American Electric Utility Market.

The TransPondIT, part of RAMAR’s market leading Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system, is a flexible and low-cost radio-based transmitter that remotely reads utility meters.

The electric TransPondIT works similarly to RAMAR’s 900 Series TransPondIT for water meters; it collects meter data and transmits it via radio frequency (RF) to either a mobile or fixed receiver data collection device such as RAMAR’s hand-held, HandTrackIT®; vehicle-based, FastTrackIT®; or fixed network, CellTrackIT®.

This TransPondIT also maintains the same open system architecture and compatibility to existing meter reading equipment that has made the RAMAR solution so popular with water utilities. Its ability to interface into existing system components means that the cost and disruption of implementing an AMR system is minimized. Currently the RAMAR electric TransPondIT is compatible with popular electro-mechanical meters provided by General Electric, Siemens, and ABB.

Michael Ueland, Chief Operating Officer for AT RAMAR LLC, believes the new product not only broadens the RAMAR product line, it secures RAMAR’s position as one of the fastest growing AMR solutions providers in the industry.

“RAMAR is dedicated to providing proven AMR systems to water, gas and electric utilities,” says Ueland. “Our 900 Series products have experienced great success in the water market and we look forward to an equally successful launch into the electric utility market. We intend to provide electric utilities with the same products and customer support that boast distinct cost and functional advantages over other AMR systems.”

The electric TransPondIT is easily installed under the meter’s glass cover; it can be fitted or retro-fitted in minutes to the desired electro-mechanical meter. TransPondIT is also field programmable; if necessary, it can be configured in the field without removing the glass. This means utilities can assign utility numbers and investigate/ clear any tamper/ error messages without return trips to the meter shop. These features will significantly increase the efficiency and productivity of a utilities’ meter reading operation.

RAMAR will showcase the new TransPondIT at the Automatic Meter Reading Association (AMRA) Symposium September 29 – October 2 in San Antonio, Texas.

About RAMAR

RAMAR is a designer and supplier of radio-based AMR systems. Since 1995, RAMAR has been providing mobile and fixed RF based AMR systems for water, gas, and electric utilities worldwide. Through continuous development, RAMAR has developed a low-cost core RF technology especially designed for AMR applications. The 900 Series automatic meter reading product line provides distinctive cost and functional advantages over other AMR systems. RAMAR system is based on an “open systems” philosophy.

RAMAR’s products are designed to use standard interfaces and protocols to integrate into popular meters, hand-held computers, billing systems and route management software. For more information about RAMAR or RAMAR products, call 888-98-RAMAR (72627) or visit RAMAR’s Web site at www.ramartech.com.

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