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TELECOMWORLDWIRE-2 April 2009-EnergyAustralia announces agreement with IBM(C)1994-2009 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

EnergyAustralia, an electricity distribution network in Australia, has announced an agreement with information technology company IBM (NYSE:IBM) for the implementation of an energy network monitoring and control solution.

According to the company, the Distribution Monitoring and Control (DM&C) project involves the deployment of 12,000 sensing devices throughout the electricity distribution network, creating a smart grid. The project is expected to enable EnergyAustralia to deliver energy more efficiently and reliably, as well as allowing a greater number and range of environmental solutions to be integrated into the electricity network.

Under the terms of the agreement signed in Q1 2009, IBM will design and build the system IT architecture to support the project, in which sensing devices will connect with EnergyAustralia's operational systems using a combination of fourth generation and existing technologies.

The network will carry the necessary data for EnergyAustralia to reduce outages through faster fault location and preventative maintenance and to work towards managing distributed energy sources such as solar and storage devices.

The project is an important part of the company's initial investment of AUD170m in its smart network rollout, EnergyAustralia said. No other financial details were disclosed.

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