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 RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Exide Electronics Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: XUPS), the world's largest dedicated supplier of network power protection and power management products, today announced the acquisition of the assets of DataTrax Systems Corporation. DataTrax is a leading developer of power, environmental and security monitoring systems for facilities and mission-critical applications. With annual revenues approximating $3 million, DataTrax serves a customer base including many Fortune 1000 companies. Current customers include Hughes Aircraft, Chemical Bank, Proctor & Gamble and Abbott Labs.
 Exide Electronics has established a solid leadership position in the power management industry for more than 30 years. In a recent report published by Venture Development, the company was recognized as the U.S. marketshare leader in uninterruptible power systems (UPS), holding approximately 15 percent of a highly segmented market estimated to reach $3 billion by 1997. Exide Electronics recently reported results for its nine months ended June 30, 1993, with revenues up 38 percent over the same period a year ago. Total sales for fiscal 1992 were $213.4 million.
 According to James A. Risher, Exide Electronics' president and chief executive officer: "The acquisition of DataTrax strongly supports one of our strategic objectives to further strengthen our worldwide competitive leadership position in network power management. DataTrax products, coupled with our wide array of distributed network power management solutions, gives our customers the ability to monitor and manage power and related environmental items from either central or distributed locations. It expands and enhances both our sales network and our product offerings which are designed for customers with mission critical systems availability requirements. It also allows us to integrate DataTrax's advanced monitoring capabilities in order to bring greater flexibility, increased functionality and overall added value to our new network power management offerings."
 DataTrax, which is located near Denver, Colo., will be operated as a wholly owned subsidiary, under the ongoing management of Stephen Poirier, who will hold the title of vice president and general manager. DataTrax will continue to market its DataFrame monitoring products through an existing independent sales channel, while providing Exide Electronics' authorized sales associates with PowerVision(R), a line of differentiated monitoring products.
 Stephen Poirer, DataTrax VP and general manager, said: "The acquisition was motivated by complementary technology, market focus and strategic direction, and clearly enhances our position in the monitoring business. Combining forces with the leader in power protection products will strengthen our ability to meet market demands and service our customers while maintaining our superior technological position."
 Both DataFrame and PowerVision products are customized PC-based monitoring workstations which use a real-time, high-speed, multi-tasking operating system. Whereas most monitoring products on the market are DOS-based and function in a reactive mode, DataTrax products are designed under Intel's iRMX(R) operating system and provide comprehensive qualitative and quantitative trending analysis which allow customers to proactively take action before operational issues or problems escalate.
 A single monitoring workstation has the capacity to track 1,024 critical points. Monitored points can include the status of a range of critical facility management systems, including UPSs, air conditioners, chillers, ambient temperature and humidity controls, smoke detection devices, fire suppression systems, utility power sources, motor generators, and other auxiliary power components. Software features also permit data archiving and report writing.
 Exide Electronics is the largest company in the world dedicated exclusively to developing, manufacturing and servicing a full line of power management and power protection systems. Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., Exide Electronics responds to the power management needs of a broad range of businesses and institutions worldwide, including many Fortune 1000 companies. Exide Electronics' products and services are used for financial, medical, industrial, telecommunications, military, and aerospace applications -- wherever continuous power is essential to daily operations.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: iRMX is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation PowerVision and Powerware(R) are registered trademarks of Exide Electronics./
 /CONTACT: Karin Cram, 919-870-3239, or Marty Kittrell, 919-870-3076, both of Exide Electronics/

CO: Exide Electronics Group, Inc.; DataTrax Systems Corporation ST: North Carolina, Colorado IN: CPR SU: TNM

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