Tadpole wins mobile GIS software contract from multi-utility Consumers Energy of Michigan

CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan. 15, 2002 — GIS field-mapping software company Tadpole-Cartesia has won a large field deployment indicative of a growing trend in the user community to extend the reach of GIS into the field.

The contract, from Michigan-based utility Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corp.(annual revenues $15 billion, assets $16 billion), paves the way for the energy provider to put quality task and spatial data into the hands of over 1,800 field engineers, make further gains in field worker productivity, and increase customer service levels.

Tadpole’s business and technology relationship with ESRI combines the best practices and expertise of both companies. ESRI technology is the world’s most widely-used GIS platform, and Tadpole has an enviable pedigree in developing value-add modules that allow full use of decision-making GIS technology in the field.

Satisfying the myriad roles of Consumers Energy’s field engineers called for Tadpole to supply its field extension modules running on ESRI’s ArcPad data capture software. Tadpole’s solutions integrate seamlessly with the utility’s investments in existing business systems, hardware and processes such as dispatch and work order management.

Prominent features of the value-add modules include a synchronization tool that automatically records new events in corporate GIS data and transmits that information to field computing devices, and functionality that permits all data formats to be read and viewed in their native forms.

About Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy is Michigan’s largest electric and natural gas utility. It is the nation’s fifth-largest natural gas utility and the country’s 10th largest electric utility. Consumers Energy provides electric and natural gas service to more than six million of the state’s nine and one-half million residents in all 68 counties of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Consumers Energy is the principal subsidiary of Dearborn-based CMS Energy Corp., an $11 billion (sales), $16 billion (asset) international corporation.

About ESRI

For more than 30 years, ESRI has been the developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. In addition to its headquarters in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,200 business partners. ESRI can be found on the Web at www.esri.com.

About Tadpole-Cartesia
Tadpole-Cartesia, a software business unit of Tadpole Technology plc (www.tadpole.com), is a provider of enterprise-class mobile information systems in the world’s utilities, telecommunications and public service industries, and is a field solutions provider for ESRI-based technology.

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