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SmartSynch and Siemens to Showcase Wireless Smart Meters with Power Quality and Reliability Features At AMRA.

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JACKSON, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2000

New Wireless Data Technology Takes Energy and Utility Industry Into

B2A Era

SmartSynch, a leading developer of end-to-end wireless data solutions, and Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution, Inc., will exhibit Smart Meters(TM), a cutting edge business-to-asset (B2A) energy and utility solution at the Automated Meter Reading Association (AMRA) annual conference next week. Utility industry officials from around the world will view demonstrations of the companies' automated meter reading technology, which has been newly enhanced with unique Power Quality and Reliability (PQ/R) features.

The Automated Meter Reading Association 2000 International Conference, a prominent industry trade event, will be held September 25-28 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. A host of industry notables from utility executives to trade reporters is expected to attend.

SmartSynch and Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution, Inc. developed the Spectrum Integrated Meter System (SIMS), a secure end-to-end monitoring, control and information management solution for commercial and industrial (C&I) metering applications.

Jan van Dokkum, president and CEO of Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution, stated that Spectrum electronic modules effectively transform Siemens S4 meters into cost-efficient wireless, Internet protocol (IP) enabled communications devices. The modules are entirely enclosed "under glass" through innovative design work which dramatically simplifies network installation and reduces installation and operating costs.

"The demand is growing for our end-to-end solutions that enable two-way communication with devices that previously only recorded data. We build B2A connections that make a real difference for businesses such as energy and utility companies and their customers," said SmartSynch CEO Mark Rodgers.

A recent report by industry analysts at Banc of America Securities puts power quality breakdown losses in the US at 50 billion dollars in 1999 and projects 100 billion in the future. Last year's power quality losses for the US alone were about five times the amount spent on power quality worldwide.

"With SmartSynch's PQ/R AMR technology, energy and utility companies can automatically relay information about power outage, high/low voltage, momentary sags, voltage imbalance, etc., and the status of any resolution directly to their customers, technicians and customer service representatives," noted Tom Somers, vice president of sales and strategic marketing for SmartSynch.

Florida Power and Light, the first utility to employ SmartSynch's Power Quality/Reliability Smart Meters, will have two representatives speaking on the technology at the AMRA show on September 27. Ed Brill of Florida Power and Light will discuss "Power Quality and Reliability Reporting" and Ed Malemezian of FPL's Energy Data Management business will speak on "Smart Meters and Power Monitoring." SmartSynch is a leading developer of B2A connectivity, which is especially important as the utility industry looks for new ways to deliver better service, less expensively.

About Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution

Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution, Inc., headquartered in Wendell, N.C., manufactures and markets equipment and energy service solutions for electric utilities, independent power producers, co-generators and other energy-intensive industries. For more information, contact Melissa Seuster, (770) 751-2447,

About Florida Power & Light

Florida Power & Light is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL), one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-related services with annual revenues of more than $6 billion. The company serves 3.8 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC, FPL Group's U.S. and international energy generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Information is available on the Internet at and

About SmartSynch

SmartSynch delivers wireless data solutions that enable two-way communication among corporate assets: people, devices and systems. SmartSynch's end-to-end solutions generate new value by providing online Business-to-Asset (B2A) connections. Now, that's smart. For more information, contact Angelyn Bush or Nola Nicholas, (601) 206-9313,,, or visit the Web site at

SmartSynch and SmartSynch logo are trademarks of SmartSynch, Inc. All other companies and products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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