MDSI customer Yorkshire Water wins award

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RICHMOND, British Columbia, Canada, Feb. 22, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc., a provider of enterprise workforce management solutions to the utility, telecommunications and broadband industries, announces that Yorkshire Water Services Ltd. has been acknowledged with another award for outstanding customer service and operational excellence. Today, with its Advantex r7 implementation, Yorkshire Water is able to successfully meet 98% of customer appointments and 85% of emergency jobs within a two-hour time frame.

Yorkshire Water, the ninth largest water utility in the world, recently won Utility Company of the Year for 2004 at the recent Industry Achievement Awards. Yorkshire Water beat stiff competition from some of the biggest names in the water, gas, electricity and telecommunications industries to claim the award. Comments from the judges included: "Top quality submission," "Yorkshire Water has clearly worked hard on the community considerations of its business," and "an excellent turnaround."

"We are extremely delighted to see one of our long-term customers win an award for improved customer service and operational efficiencies, and we are pleased that Advantex has been a part of their success," said Erik Dysthe, CEO and chairman.

Yorkshire Water's Advantex solution interfaces with several SAPTM UtilitiesTM modules, and field technicians use ruggedized laptops with a built-in radio modem to receive and send completed orders over the GSM network. Work group queue managers have visibility into the field operations, and order status information can be relayed to call takers who in turn can provide up-to-the-minute information to customers.

Serving about 4.5 million residential customers and 130,000 business customers, Yorkshire Water Services Ltd. (www.yorkshirewater.com) provides clean water services, wastewater services and waste management services to the Yorkshire region, England. The company employs about 3,000 people and operates 112 water treatment works producing 1.3 billion liters of water daily and 620 sewage treatment works that treat nearly 1 billion liters of domestic sewage, industrial effluent, and run off from roads and roofs. The network of water mains and sewers that Yorkshire Water maintains comprises enough pipework to circle the earth.

Mobile workforce management software from MDSI (www.mdsi-advantex.com) improves customer service and relationships and reduces operating costs by allowing companies to manage field resources more effectively. Based in Richmond, BC, Canada, the company was founded in 1993 and has about 325 employees. It has operations and support offices in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. A publicly traded company, MDSI services about 100 customers and has licensed more than 80,000 field service users around the world.

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