muNet, Datamatic partner for first combined broadband-RF AMR utility solution

MU Net Inc. (muNet), a provider of IP-based communication solutions targeted at automated metering and related operation-enhancing applications for utilities, has announced an agreement with AMR specialiast Datamatic Ltd., to incorporate the Datamatic FIREFLY technology into muNet's suite of WebGate IP Interface products...

KISSIMMEE, FL, Sept. 26, 2004 -- MU Net Inc. (muNet), a provider of IP-based communication solutions targeted at automated metering and related operation-enhancing applications for utilities, has announced an agreement with AMR leader Datamatic Ltd., to incorporate the Datamatic FIREFLY® technology into muNet's suite of WebGate® IP Interface products.

The resulting integrated solution will allow electric meters equipped with muNet's WebGate technology to collect water and gas meter readings sent via Datamatic's wireless RF technology. The agreement was announced at the Automatic Meter Reading International Symposium in Kissimmee, Fla., on Sept. 26.

"Utilities throughout North America use muNet's WebGate technology to connect electric meters to IP-based broadband networks" noted Vincent Moeyersoms, muNet's Co-CEO. "The agreement to incorporate Datamatic's industry-leading FIREFLY RF technology into our WebGate systems will provide utilities with a single solution to secure data from all of their electric, gas and water meters over any broadband network. This will maximize a utility's communication infrastructure investment returns by providing critical operational information such as meter reads, time-stamped interval data and benefit from the other system features such as voltage sensing, turn-on/turn-offs and load management."

muNet's WebGate iRIS (Internet-based Residential Information System) and WebGate iCIS (Internet-based Commercial Information System) IP Interfaces, the first Internet Protocol products to be electric meter-based, support not only traditional metering applications, such as automated retrieval of billing and time stamped interval data, but also offer a wide range of configuration options targeted at business applications enabled by this unique platform. WebGate products are specifically designed to plug-and-play on broadband networks, and to deliver attractive returns on investment by combining competitively priced options focused on enhancing operations for utilities and network operators.

Datamatic Automatic Meter Reading System solutions include walk-by and mobile platforms. The combination of these platforms provides complete coverage for multi-utility data collection. FIREFLY Meter Interface Units are compatible with virtually any water, gas or electric meter. The gas and water FIREFLY AMR systems offer meter independence, mobile collection capabilities, detailed customer usage profile data and peak demand information in an affordable package.

"Our partnership with muNet will give electric utilities and municipalities the most cost effective and flexible AMR solution available," said Shawn Fields, Director of Market Development for the Datamatic Energy division. "muNet is integrating a 'receiver' device based on Datamatic's FIREFLY technology with its WebGate platform to fit under the glass of a solid state residential electric meter. For the first time, utilities will have a broadband/RF solution that can deliver water and gas readings via wireless RF technology to their electric meter for storage and transfer via a broadband network. This dramatically enhances the value of the WebGate system and slashes data collection costs."

muNet is integrating the FIREFLY technology into its WebGate system during Q3 and Q4 2004.

About Datamatic Ltd.
Datamatic (www.datamatic.com) is a leader in utility meter reading automation. The company's innovative ideas created an industry when it installed the first electronic meter reading system in 1980. For nearly a quarter of a century, Datamatic 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. Additional information about Datamatic is available by calling Scott Black at (214) 520-3430 or on the Web at.

About MU Net Inc.
MU Net Inc. (www.munet.com) is the leading provider of IP-based communication solutions targeted at automated metering and related operation-enhancing applications for electric utilities. muNet's products are designed to enable utilities to leverage existing broadband communication infrastructure to enhance operational efficiencies and deliver new services. Incorporated in 1997, muNet is a privately funded company located in Lexington, MA.

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