Datamatic, RedMoon form strategic broadband AMR system partnership

They'll jointly market advanced automated meter reading systems using WiFi networks to municipalities requiring a fixed network. The relationship significantly enhances both organizations' offerings to cities wanting to increase monitoring and control of water, gas and electric power distribution...

PLANO, TX, Sept. 21, 2005 -- Executives with Datamatic Ltd. and RedMoon Inc. have announced a strategic partnership to jointly market advanced automated meter reading systems using WiFi networks to municipalities requiring a fixed network. The relationship significantly enhances both organizations' offerings to cities wanting to increase monitoring and control of water, gas and electric power distribution. RedMoon is a leading provider of mobile data networks for cities and counties. Texas-based Datamatic has been a leading supplier of enterprise meter reading solutions since 1980.

"Pioneering cost effective and feature rich solutions for our customers is at the core of every product and program that Datamatic develops," said Datamatic President and CEO Ken Kercher. "By working with RedMoon, even more municipalities can obtain time-of-use metering information as they experience the benefits of WiFi."

For over a quarter century, Datamatic has provided meter reading and field data collection solutions to water, natural gas and electric utilities. The heart of the system is the FIREFLY® Meter Interface Units that archive consumption data at user-definable intervals. Data is extracted for conversion into a graph, spreadsheet or other meaningful format using Datamatic's patented ProfilePLUS® software.

RedMoon specializes in the engineering, design, construction and maintenance of citywide mesh and fixed wireless networks. RedMoon provides wireless high-speed Internet service as well as support and billing management systems.

"RedMoon focuses its expertise on the deployment of mobile broadband networks that cover all aspects of Internet access, Public Safety, surveillance, and utility meter reading," stated Bryan Thompson, President and CEO of RedMoon. "By working with Datamatic, utilities can use our unique mesh technology to collect data from a FIREFLY Meter Interface Unit. The result is similar to installing a fixed network, but at a fraction of the cost."

Under the terms of the agreement, Datamatic will be able to market and promote the RedMoon services to its customers. RedMoon will jointly market its services to promote Datamatic's products and services to its customers.

"Tools such as our ProfilePLUS software will make utilities more productive, customer friendly and efficient, both today and well into the future," added Kercher. "This software can allow a public or privately owned utility to monitor usage, resolve billing disputes and enforce conservation efforts. And as our FIREFLY AMR systems are compatible with all major meters, this type of collection system can be quickly deployed for a reasonable investment. Our strategic alliance with RedMoon will make it even easier for utilities to take advantage of these critical solutions."

Datamatic (www.datamatic.com) is a leader in utility data collection solutions. The company's innovative ideas virtually created an industry when it installed the first electronic meter reading system in 1980. For nearly a quarter of a century, it has been at the forefront in the design, implementation and support of advanced utility meter reading and field data collection solutions for water, gas and electric utilities.

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