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Richmond, BC, - February 6, 2001 - Itron and eMobile Data Sign Exclusive Development, License and Distribution Agreements
eMobile Data Inc, a leading developer of Web-based, wireless Mobile Resource Management software, has entered into an agreement with Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) to develop an Automated Meter Reading (AMR) installation and deployment application. The new product will incorporate the underlying technologies utilized in eMobile Data's Service-Link 3.0.
In tandem with the development agreement, the two companies have entered into a global license and distribution agreement by which eMobile Data has granted to Itron the right to distribute the Service-Link technology as a component of the new Itron product. Over the combined terms of the two agreements, eMobile is to be paid up to US$1,975,000. The initial term of this exclusive agreement is five years.
"Itron and eMobile Data share a management style and an objective to deliver leading-edge solutions for energy data management and communication challenges faced by the electric, gas and water industries.
Itron's reputation for quality, strong market presence and industry knowledge, teamed with eMobile Data's expertise in mobile dispatching and leading-edge Internet technologies, will make for a formidable alliance," said Marc Jones, President and CEO of eMobile Data.
"Itron is excited to ally with a company that shares a very customer-focused vision. The combination of Itron and eMobile Data technologies will lead to new and exciting solutions for our customers," said Randy Kinsey, Senior Marketing Manager for Itron.
Itron has approximately 2,000 utility customers in over 45 countries around the world. Itron technology touches more than $200 billion in energy and water transactions annually in North America alone.
About eMobile Data & Service-Link
Service-Link is a Web-served, multi-tiered, Java-based application for real-time, integrated field service, dispatching and Mobile Resource Management and was designed to streamline and automate many of the processes associated with providing field service. Service-Link 3.0 has been built from the ground up utilizing J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) and the latest Internet technologies - Java, XML/XSL and an Oracle 8i DBMS. This approach makes Service-Link scalable to meet the requirements of small and large organizations and ready for interfacing to a variety of computer systems. Customers benefit in terms of shorter deployment time, a faster learning curve and a lower total cost of software ownership and usage. Service-Link 3.0 is delivered with standard order templates that can be quickly configured to meet the dispatch and data collection needs of field service organizations. In addition, Service-Link's thick mobile client uses a browser, but allows the field service worker to continue to operate even when temporarily outside of radio coverage. Service-Link is deployable under traditional turn-key installations or via an Application Service Provider (ASP).
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