Elster Electricity and Global Data announce distribution agreement for wireless communications options used in remote metering applications


RALEIGH, N.C. & TORONTO, April 8, 2003 — Elster Electricity, LLC (formerly ABB Electricity Metering), part of the world’s largest multi-utility metering company, and GDI Global Data Inc., a provider of integrated communications products and services for telemetry networks, said they have signed a distribution agreement to serve North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

The agreement takes effect immediately and enables Elster Electricity to offer a variety of wireless communications options using its ALPHA® metering technology that facilitates remote meter reading applications. Global Data manufactures wireless communications modules for CDPD, CDMA/1xRTT, GSM, GPRS, and AMPS.

“We understand that our customers require a variety of solutions,” stated Sharon Allan, director of product management and business strategy for Elster Electricity. “The addition of the Global Data technology to our advanced technology ALPHA electronic meters gives our customers a variety of choices in digital and analog technologies as well as multiple carriers.” The Global Data products will enable customers to choose and deploy the AMR technology that gives them the best coverage at their targeted cost points.

Regardless of their preferred network technology, customers may now select cellular AMR interfaces from a family of products with common form factors, meter interfaces and installation techniques. “Our EZ-Star family of cellular AMR interfaces enables deployment across most cellular network technologies with virtually no change to the data collection application,” stated Phil Sutter, President and Chief Technology Officer of Global Data. “We understand that multiple cellular network technologies will exist for many years to come and are committed to providing a consistent platform that offers seamless access to all of them.”

Both companies feel this distribution agreement strengthens their commitment to deploy metering solutions that enable and facilitate cost-efficient meter data collection.

About Elster Electricity

Elster Electricity is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Elster Electricity offers an integrated suite of metering solutions designed to meet the needs of customers worldwide. These solutions include advanced, high-accuracy ANSI and IEC electricity meters, featuring the ALPHA electronic meter line, communications software solutions, and metering automation systems. Elster Electricity serves customers through a global sales force. Visit Elster Electricity’s web site at www.elsterelectricity.com.

About Global Data

Global Data offers a wide range of industrial communications products for automated meter reading and fixed telemetry applications. These solutions include the EZ-Star family of cellular AMR interfaces, the StarPoint family of cellular telemetry modules, and specialized communications software for cellular network access. Visit Global Data’s web site at www.globaldata.com.

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