Osmose announces new FastGate Manager application

BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 11, 2005 — Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., a leader in data-collection services and software for power utilities, introduced FastGate Manager, a new software product designed to help utilities of all sizes manage and maintain their pole and related field assets. The new application provides viewing and editing of poles and other network features in both map and table formats and offers numerous query and reporting options. Integrated data-maintenance functions, including FastGate Mobile software, support field operations and maintenance personnel and help keep pole data accurate and up to date.

“FastGate Manager lets utilities manage pole assets more effectively,” according to Nelson Bingel, Vice President of Sales and Engineering at Osmose. “The idea is to make pole inspection, maintenance, and related information easy to retrieve, analyze, and maintain. This in turn provides greater departmental control over pole data and permits more informed decisions regarding pole assets. The new FastGate Manager product makes pole information easy to access and edit. It also builds full data-maintenance into the package. Having these components integrated in one application is what makes this a comprehensive pole management solution.”

The FastGate Manager application offers two primary data-viewing options-a geographic “map” view of pole and other network features and a table-based view of all pole data. The map view gives users a visual sense of location, which is especially helpful in detecting trends and patterns and in planning work assignments. The table-based view provides a conventional spreadsheet display of information and allows sophisticated filtering and reporting of data, which can be structured to include or exclude poles with specific characteristics. Editing can be accomplished in map view on a pole-by-pole basis, or in table view using the familiar editing tools and techniques of spreadsheet programs. Using integrated FastGate Mobile data-collection software, existing data can be taken to the field for updates. Changes are then uploaded to the desktop system for posting.

The FastGate Manager application features a Windows®-based interface for viewing, editing, and analyzing pole data, digital photos, and GPS locations. The application includes search, filter, and report options that allow utilities to isolate pole categories-for example, reject poles, foreign-owned poles, and poles installed by a specific date or manufacturer. These features allow users to isolate certain categories of poles quickly and to view detailed information on condition, maintenance history, attributes, and work to be performed.

Integrated data-maintenance options allow field crews to perform inspections and to update existing information using the utility’s existing inspection and maintenance codes. Developed to allow ongoing maintenance of pole data, the FastGate Manager application also permits year-after-year accumulation of historical data on pole inspection and maintenance needed to isolate trends and to perform sophisticated analysis and reporting. Standard export of data to Microsoft® Access is also included. Custom interfaces to specific GIS and other data repositories are available as well.

About Osmose [ www.osmose.com/utilities/ ]

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., is a provider of asset-management solutions for electric, gas, and telecommunications networks. It serves utilities across North America, providing field inventory, pole maintenance and restoration, and capture of data related to joint use, phasing, customer connectivity, vegetation status, and other important network conditions. Osmose also provides inspection and maintenance of padmount transformers, steel towers, grounding systems, and integrated vegetation management services. Osmose pole and line products include guy-markers, Kudzu-Guardâ„-, signs and tags, remedial treatments and restoration systems.

The company’s Data Services business unit delivers data solutions that help to improve system reliability, OMS performance, regulatory compliance, and management of network assets.

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