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NorthStar Signs Agreement with Tillsonburg Hydro to Implement MeterSense


NorthStar Utilities Solutions continues their expansion into the Canadian MDM/R market with the selection of MeterSense by Tillsonburg Hydro. MeterSense is an Operational Data Store that will provide Tillsonburg Hydro with a comprehensive solution to monitor and validate their immediate smart meter rollout plan while supporting their goal of improving customer service.

NorthStar Signs Agreement with Tillsonburg Hydro to Implement MeterSense
Ottawa, Canada, February 06, 2010 --(PR.com)-- NorthStar Utilities Solutions, a division of Harris Computer Systems, is pleased to announce that Tillsonburg Hydro Inc. has signed a multi-year Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for MeterSense. "MeterSense will provide us with the integration we require between a number of disparate systems within our operating environment, including the Ontario government's provincial Meter Data Management/Repository MDM/R, our Elster AMI and metering environment, and billing. We chose a hosted solution as it provides us with all the benefits without having the issue of supporting a new system," said Rob Skevington, Operations Regulatory Affairs Manager.

MeterSense is an Operational Data Store that will provide Tillsonburg Hydro with a comprehensive solution to monitor and validate their immediate smart meter rollout plan while supporting their goal of improving customer service by better responding to outage and power quality issues. MeterSense's standard interfaces and a hosted server contribute to rapid deployment. This will allow Tillsonburg to realize the benefits quickly.

The Province of Ontario has embarked on a plan that will see the implementation of resident smart meters on every household by 2011 and the move to time of use billing. This program is part of the government's overall strategy to create and promote a conservation culture that encompasses over four million residential smart meters. The incorporation of both smart grid technology and smart meters will facilitate the use advanced information-based technologies to increase grid efficiency, reliability and flexibility.

Tillsonburg is a multi-service utility and will also be supporting water meters through their Elster Energy Axis system.

About Tillsonburg Hydro, Inc.:
Tillsonburg Hydro Inc. distributes electricity to residents and business customers in southwestern Ontario.

Mr. Rob Skevington
Operations Regulatory Affairs Manager
Tillsonburg Hydro Inc.
10 Lisgar Avenue
Tillsonburg, ON
N4G 5A5
(519) 688-3009 2258
rskevington @ tillsonburg.ca

About MeterSense:
MeterSense is a comprehensive meter data management solution (MDMS) designed to provide utilities with long-term storage of billing and operational data, validation, and through its configurable Rules Engine, intelligent real-time event management. MeterSense is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for manual intervention in handling the significantly increased volume of data utilities are now faced with and act as the central point for integrating meter data and events with other business systems such as CIS, SCADA, GIS, OMS, WMS, and other critical utility systems.

About NorthStar Utilities Solutions:
NorthStar has been serving the utility market for more than 30 years. NorthStar provides utilities with integrated solutions for customer information and billing, financial management and meter data management. Our 200 customer in North American and the Caribbean, benefit from our solutions that let utilities manage their revenues, deliver superior customer service and improve efficiencies while reducing total cost of ownership.

For more information on NorthStar Utilities Solutions and the NorthStar product suite please visit our website at www.northstarutilities.com.

To learn more about MeterSense please contact:
Mike Foley, Senior Account Executive
NorthStar Utilities Solutions
A division of Harris Computer Systems
(613) 868-5594
mfoley @ northstarutilities.com

About Harris Computer Systems:
Since 1976, Harris has focused on providing feature-rich and robust turnkey solutions to public power and water markets as well as all levels of local government throughout North America. Harris' focus is on creating long-term relationships with our customers and ensuring that we meet the changing needs of our customers over time.

For further information on Harris Computer Systems, please visit our website at www.harriscomputer.com or call 888-847-7747.

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