PITTSBURGH, PA - July 23, 2007
Paging Network of Canada, Inc. (PageNet Canada), a leading provider of two-way wireless messaging services, and Sensus Metering Systems, a leading provider of advanced utility meter reading systems, announced the signing of an agreement solidifying their alliance to provide utility meter monitoring services over a Canadian Narrowband PCS licensed radio network.
Having worked together for nearly a year under a Memorandum of Understanding, PageNet Canada will continue to provide Sensus with ongoing network services, including turnkey system build-out, maintenance, repair and central monitoring. The agreement also provides Sensus with access to over 350 tower locations throughout Canada where Sensus FlexNet Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) fixed network receivers will be installed.
Garry Fitzgerald, Chairman & CEO of PageNet Canada, said: “We are delighted to be a part of this strategic alliance with Sensus. This relationship is an excellent opportunity for us to expand our existing telemetry business and provide the infrastructure and on-going support for the future success of Sensus Metering Systems in Canada. We believe there is significant growth potential for machine-to-machine wireless communications and look forward to working with Sensus to help fulfill their potential in addressing the advanced utility metering requirements of Canada’s electric, water, gas and heat utilities.”
Sensus Chief Technology Officer, H. Britton Sanderford, Jr. said, “When combined with USA Mobility coverage in the US, this agreement puts in place the final partnership needed to complete and support our North American network coverage strategy. We now have the ability to offer Sensus FlexNet tower gateway base stations on existing towers, monitor and maintain tower equipment anywhere in North America.”
FlexNet is a simple, flexible and reliable RF fixed network utility meter reading system, which is designed to increase meter reading efficiency, reduce overhead costs, and enhance customer service. FlexNet offers both two-way and one-way fixed based monitoring for both urban and rural areas. The primary licensed system and high powered transmitters provide the most robust system available in the market. In addition, the system is designed to be scalable to accommodate growth as a utility expands the meter deployments throughout its service territory.
About Sensus Metering Systems
The Sensus Metering Systems companies are leading world-class providers of water, gas, heat and electric meters including comprehensive metering communications system solutions that comprise both automatic meter reading (“AMR”) and advanced metering infrastructure (“AMI”) systems. Additional linked businesses include Smith-Blair, Inc. a leading provider of pipe clamp & coupling products for the water, gas, and industrial markets; and Sensus Precision Die Casting a producer of complex, high quality die castings.
About About PageNet Canada
PageNet Canada is Canada’s largest paging and wireless messaging company. In addition, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Advanced Wireless Data Inc. (AWDI) markets and supports a wide variety of telemetry products including: Smart metering, Remote monitoring and control of commercial sprinkler systems, Delivery of news information to remote electronic signage, Measurement of pH levels in commercial swimming pools, GPS tracking of vehicles, Control of school crossing lights, and Remote monitoring of out-patients. For more information about PageNet visit their website at http://www.pagenet.ca