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DOMESTIC AUTOMATION COMPANY ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE REFLECTING FOCUS ON WIRELESS DATA COMMUNICATIONS

 SAN CARLOS, Calif., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Domestic Automation Company announced today that it has changed its name to CellNet Data Systems. According to CellNet's CEO Paul Cook, "The new name more accurately reflects our corporate focus on wireless data communications. Our resources are now devoted to providing communications solutions to electric utilities and other industries."
 "The name 'CellNet' combines key aspects of our technology and our business," says Chris Slaboszewicz, CellNet's Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "Our engineers have created a cellular radio communications network that functions much like the car phone system, but it's dedicated to data only. 'CellNet Data Systems' positions us clearly as a total data systems solution provider."
 CellNet's new name coincides with the closing of a major round of equity financing that included AT&T Ventures. AT&T Ventures joined other venture investors in providing the financial backing to complete commercial development of CellNet's technology, which has been operating in field trials at three major utilities going back to 1991. The company's networks are in use at Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation's largest utility, Northern States Power, and Georgia Power Company.
 AT&T Ventures' Neal Douglas said, "We are excited about the potential of CellNet. The company's technology holds great promise for opening up new markets in wireless data. We were impressed with CellNet's ability to identify clear business needs, then design complete technological solutions. We are eager to participate with CellNet as it makes these solutions available to its customers."
 CellNet's Paul Cook adds, "AT&T's investment is a validation of our company and our strategy. It is a strong vote of confidence as we begin commercial deployment of CellNet networks across the country."
 CellNet Data Systems, founded in 1984 as Domestic Automation Company, specializes in the collection, processing, and delivery of information to businesses such as electric utilities and others whose assets are distributed among widely dispersed or difficult-to-reach locations. Building on advances in cellular technology, CellNet has developed a low-cost wireless data communications solution that can dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of accessing and managing data from remote locations thereby increasing efficiency, profitability, and competitiveness.
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 /CONTACT: Rachel Schnal, Marketing Communications Program Manager of CellNet, 415-508-6040/


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