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Datamatic Announces Centron Certification for FIREFLY Electric AMR.

PLANO, Texas -- Executives from Datamatic today announced that they had completed manufacturer's certification for the FIREFLY([R]) Electric Meter Interface Unit (MIU) for use with the Itron CENTRON[R] electric meter. Datamatic has been a leading utility technology partner since 1980 and supports nearly 500 customers worldwide.

"This step builds on Datamatic's commitment to open-architectured solutions. The FIREFLY Automatic Meter Reading System was designed around the idea of delivering best-in-class AMR functionality while allowing customers complete freedom to choose their metering platform," said Datamatic CEO Ken Kercher.

"We're excited not only to have a 'plug-and-play' AMR solution for the CENTRON but also that users can take advantage of FIREFLY's ProfilePLUS[TM] Usage Profiling capabilities. FIREFLY-equipped CENTRONs will now store more than 169 days of - hourly usage profile data and make it available via walk-by, mobile and fixed collection platforms. This detailed data equips utilities with new tools for settling usage disputes, right-sizing transformers, performing load studies and executing virtual turn-offs."

FIREFLY MIUs can be pre-integrated with the CENTRON or retrofit into existing meters. The installation process requires less than one minute and requires no tools. The FIREFLY unit has an estimated life of 20 to 40 years in the field.

"Over the past few years, solid state meter prices have dropped to the point that they are an attractive option for most utilities," said Datamatic's Channel Sales Director, Matt Downey. "CENTRON users can now benefit from the same AMR and usage profiling functionality that electromechanical FIREFLY users have enjoyed for years. We're proud to be able to offer utilities the choice of deploying FIREFLY AMR using an electromechanical or solid-state meter."

Utilities interested in FIREFLY for CENTRON meters should contact Channel Sales Director, Matt Downey at (972) 234-5000.

About Datamatic, Ltd.

Datamatic 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, 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 www.datamatic.com.
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