CenterPoint Energy develops RouteMAP IMS application

Redlands, California, March 20, 2003 — CenterPoint Energy has developed a RouteMAP IMS application that allows employees to quickly and easily obtain driving directions.

Built for the organization’s Intranet, the application can be used by any CenterPoint Energy employee throughout the seven states it serves.

“After we rolled the application out to the Intranet, people really embraced the application and it’s been a real success,” says Cindi Salas, geographic information system (GIS) business solutions manager, CenterPoint. “We wanted something that was affordable and easily customizable and provided us with a quick and easy out-of-the-box solution. I think we got that with RouteMAP IMS.”

“CenterPoint Energy is a leader in innovative GIS uses, and its enterprise GIS implementation is providing real value to its business,” says Roxanne Cox-Drake, utilities industry manager, ESRI. “The company’s RouteMAP IMS application is another example of its constant growth and extension of GIS. In any of the CenterPoint Energy business units, users can get directions and other spatial data with just a few clicks of a mouse.”

CenterPoint deployed RouteMAP IMS in 2002 after testing a stand-alone version. The application includes additional spatial data such as the locations of power plants, service centers, district offices, and substations as well as service area and district out-boundaries, ZIP Codes, and much more.

Though the application is used throughout the CenterPoint organization, primary departments that use it include Survey and Mapping, Land and Right-of-Way, Marketing, Streetlight Operations, Electric and Gas Engineering, and Electric and Gas Dispatching.

RouteMAP IMS is a stand-alone, Internet-based site locator application that generates driving directions instantly. The affordable, out-of-the-box Internet mapping solution is designed for organizations that wish to add find-and-route mapping capabilities to their Web site. It requires no programming to create custom maps with symbols that represent a business or public sector service center. However, equipped with both ActiveX and Java Application Program Interfaces, it can be tailored to suit any application. With RouteMAP IMS, you can quickly and easily plot your single or multiple locations on a map and serve the map on your Web page to help get your customers from your Web site to your store site.

About CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution and sales, interstate pipeline and gathering operations, and more than 14,000 megawatts of power generation in Texas. The company serves nearly five million customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. CenterPoint Energy became the new holding company for the regulated operations of former Reliant Energy, Incorporated, in August 2002. With more than 11,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 130 years.

About ESRI

For more than 30 years, ESRI has been a developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI software is used in all 200 of the largest cities in the United States and in more than 60 percent of counties and municipalities nationwide. Headquartered in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,500 business partners. ESRI’s goal is to develop comprehensive tools that enable users to efficiently manage, use, and serve geographic information to make a difference in the world around them. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. ESRI can be found on the Web at www.esri.com.

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