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United Illuminating Completes 31,000 Time of Use Customer Rate Changes In One Day With Cellnet.

ATLANTA, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellnet Technology, Inc. (Cellnet(R)) announced today that United Illuminating recently used the Cellnet wireless fixed network AMI platform to complete rate changes for over 31,000 time of use (TOU) customers across its southwest Connecticut service territory in less than twenty-four hours.

In deploying the rate change in one day, United Illuminating ensured that all customers received the benefits of the new rates in a uniformly rapid approach. United Illuminating gained the added benefit of cost savings conservatively estimated at over one million dollars compared to traditional manual approaches to rate conversion.

United Illuminating's associate vice president and general manager of client fulfillment Joe Thomas remarked, "Taking full advantage of the capabilities of the Cellnet fixed network system and other technology initiatives we have in place, we're able to cost-effectively meet the new challenges of deregulation and better serve our customers. This is a winning combination."

United Illuminating leverages the Cellnet capabilities that deliver real- time, on-demand meter readings to support aggressive demand management programs designed to drive down energy prices for the customers it serves.

Cellnet president and CEO Mike Zito remarked, "Cellnet customers like United Illuminating are well positioned today to face the new challenges and opportunities presented by the demand response initiatives that are increasingly taking hold across the United States and deal with them in a flexible and cost-effective manner."

Guy Cattaruzza, United Illuminating director of revenue meter systems concluded, "This rate change effort was truly a team effort by the many different groups involved both at Cellnet and United Illuminating. Great teamwork and the enabling technologies we have from Cellnet, SAP, and SPL made this rate conversion possible in record time."

About Cellnet Technology, Inc.:

Cellnet is the leading provider of fixed-network data communication systems and automation solutions to the utility industry. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Cellnet supplies gas, water, and electric utilities with highly reliable, field-proven networks which enable them to communicate with residential and commercial and industrial (C&I) endpoints for applications such as automated meter reading (AMR), distribution automation (DA), and SCADA. Cellnet is dedicated to combining its leading technology and vast experience to continue to provide the industry with the most reliable and proven automation solutions available. Additional information is available at

About United Illuminating:

The United Illuminating Company (, headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, was formed in 1899 when the Bridgeport Electric Company merged with the New Haven Electric Company. UI is a regional distribution utility providing electricity and energy-related services to more than 320,000 customers in the Greater New Haven and Greater Bridgeport areas. The company services approximately 21% of Connecticut's total population.

CONTACT: Don McDonnell of The McDonnell Group, +1-404-583-0003, or, for Cellnet Technology, Inc.

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