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May 31 2005

TANTALUS WINS BEST WIRELESS PRODUCT AWARD AT UTC EXPO 2005 TUNet Recognized for Innovation at North America's
Largest Utility Telecom Technology Expo

Vancouver, BC Canada – May 31, 2005 – The two-way utility command and control capabilities of TUNet® earned Tantalus an award for Best Wireless Product at the United Telecom Council’s 2005 Expo, North America’s leading telecom technology tradeshow for utilities.

TUNet was selected as the top wireless product by a panel of utility experts who use telecommunications and information technology daily for the efficient operation of their utilities. The UTC Expo product awards recognize products and services that are at the forefront of the utility telecom industry and are given based on quality, functionality for the specialized needs of the utility industry, and innovation. This year’s Expo, held in Long Beach, CA, showcased approximately 150 suppliers and drew 1500 representatives from utilities as well as technology companies that serve this sector.

The Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet) is a real-time wireless network that is the communications backbone for a utility’s distribution system. The long-range wireless network unites applications, making advanced metering, outage management, power quality monitoring, load management and distribution automation practical throughout both urban and rural service areas. TUNet incorporates a 220 MHz WAN that provides extensive coverage from a single radio tower, and a 900 MHz LAN that creates an affordable, robust connection to clusters of devices. TUNet offers total network visibility and unprecedented control over a distribution system. Network performance and every device on it – reclosers, load management switches, meters – can be monitored and managed from a utility operations and control center.

“Recognition by our customers in the utility market is a great honor,” says John Brett, Vice President of Marketing and Operations at Tantalus. “TUNet is the result of a five year R&D investment to develop a communications network specifically for distribution utility applications. This award supports our vision and Tantalus’ long-term commitment to provide a reliable, cost-effective, and innovative way to manage mission critical information and, in doing so, help utilities optimize their delivery systems and better serve their customers.”

About Tantalus
Founded in 1989, Tantalus is a privately owned wireless communications company that designs, develops, and markets two-way, real-time data communications networks to monitor and control electric, gas, and water utilities. The Tantalus Utility Network helps utilities extend the capacity of their energy delivery infrastructure by giving them a snapshot of their entire distribution system at any point in time. This real-time network is designed specifically for utilities and supports outage management, power quality monitoring, advanced meter reading, load management, and distribution automation.

 


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