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BAM and Comverge Technologies Announce Alliance for Utility Industry
March 9, 1998
Bell Atlantic Mobile
announced today the signing of a joint marketing agreement to address
the data needs of the rapidly deregulating electric, gas, and water
industries. Using Bell Atlantic Mobile's AirBridge® Cellular
Digital Packet Data (CDPD) network, Comverge Technologies hardware and
software solutions offers utility companies automated meter reading,
home automation, environmental monitoring, energy management, and
distributed generation monitoring services.
Frank Magnotti, President of Comverge Technologies states, "I'm truly
excited to expand our relationship with Bell Atlantic Mobile. Bell
Atlantic Mobile's coverage in the major population centers throughout
the Northeast make them a great partner for us and energy service and
distributed generation companies.
Bob Hirsh, Director of Wireless Data Distribution for Bell Atlantic
Mobile states, "Meter reading and energy management are perfect
applications for our AirBridge® CDPD service. Comverge Technologies
has successfully demonstrated these applications on our network.
Comverge's hardware and software, combined with our CDPD service,
provide a cost effective way to offer these kinds of services to
Magnotti added, "I'm impressed with the capabilities of the CDPD
network. Their intelligent network has made system integration quick.
We can rely on Bell Atlantic Mobile to continue to upgrade its
capabilities. We would not have found this with private proprietary
Bell Atlantic Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on the
East Coast and the second largest in the United States. The company
owns and operates the most extensive network in the East, covering
111,000 square miles, and the largest chain of wireless retail
outlets offering a full range of wireless personal communications
services, including voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ,
Bell Atlantic Mobile has more than 5 million customers and 7,000
employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and - through a
separate subsidiary - the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at
Work..." community relations program, which includes HopeLine( voice
mail service, Bell Atlantic Mobile uses its wireless technology to
help individuals and communities improve security and emergency
Comverge Technologies, a global subsidiary created by Data Systems and
Software Inc.(NASDAQ/NMM:DSSI) is a provider of end-to-end, two-way
communication solutions for energy related data, home automation,
environmental monitoring and distributed generation monitoring. Their
open architecture solutions work with a variety of wide area networks
including CDPD, cable tv, telephone, and Personal Communication
Services (PCS).They have deployed systems in the U.S., Venezuela,
Argentina, Israel, and Mexico. U.S. operations are headquartered in
Whippany, N.J. International operations are located in Israel.