UtilityCenter™ 2.0 to provide enhanced features for workflow automation

Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 6, 2002 — Utility Automation Integrators (UAI) has announced the upcoming release of UtilityCenterâ„- 2.0 – a comprehensive solution addressing the operational needs of electric, water, wastewater, gas and broadband utilities.

Chairman and CEO S.K. Chauhan said the latest version is the result of input from UAI’s current client base as well as the company’s staff of former utility engineering professionals.

“We take pride in having listened to what our users wanted,” Chauhan said. “UtilityCenterâ„- 2.0 takes the innovative functionality of our original software and enhances it with additional features that make daily operations even more efficient.”

UtilityCenterâ„- 2.0 provides functionality for outage management, facilities management and field engineering/electronic staking. Utilities may license the entire program or the specific functionalities needed to meet their immediate needs.

Built on ESRI’s core ArcGIS technology, UtilityCenterâ„- 2.0 provides the tools users need to work smarter, improve productivity and reduce costs. Through seamless integration with all existing third-party systems for billing, telephony, engineering analysis and planning, SCADA and others, UAI is able to provide utilities with a truly integrated solution that fully puts customer and facility information to work on a daily basis.

Enhancements in the UtilityCenterâ„- 2.0 offering include a common interface among all functionalities. Users can customize views, toolbars and other settings. This allows multiple users to utilize the same PC while maintaining individual preferences.

Enhanced drawing and sketching tools make it even easier to generate work orders in the office or field. Red-line sketches can be attached to specific work orders and archived for future reference.

UtilityCenterâ„- 2.0’s quick-pan feature allows users to easily navigate the DigitalUtilityâ„- seamless electronic map of the service area while enhanced security manager functionality simplifies the process of assigning permissions among individual users and workgroups.

UtilityCenterâ„- 2.0’s field engineering functionality is still field portable. Crews can have access to the complete GIS on computers in their trucks. Work orders can be staked in the field once and flowed to all other departments automatically.

UAI’s Web-modules make it possible to access applications and information via Web-browser, expanding the ability of users throughout the company to use the tools provided beyond the constraints of traditional licensed workstations.

UtilityCenterâ„- 2.0 is currently in Beta testing with final release slated for 4Q 2002.

Utility Automation Integrators

Utility Automation Integrators (UAI) was founded in 1994 as a utility system integration firm dedicated to providing electrical engineering and GIS/GPS consulting software services. UAI is a developer of AM/FM/GIS mapping software for utilities while also providing consulting, implementation and technical support services.

Headquartered in Alabama, UAI has regional offices throughout the United States. UAI’s goal is to provide engineering professionals with an integrated suite of GIS application software and services that meets the operational needs of utilities and other industries. Visit their web site at www.uai.com for more information.

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