Toronto, Canada. February 22, 2002
Advanced Utility Systems Corporation (Advanced) announced today that Greater Sudbury Hydro Inc., the electricity provider for the City of Greater Sudbury, has contracted with Advanced Utility Systems Corporation to provide CIS Infinity® Customer Information and Utility Billing software. CIS Infinity will be provided on a license basis, to handle the customer information and billing needs of Greater Sudbury Hydro, and deal with the complexities of the competitive electric market in Ontario, which will open on May 1, 2002.
The contract was finalized in January, and implementation began immediately. Using a rapid implementation approach, Greater Sudbury Hydro and Advanced are striving to meet the goal of an operational CIS Solution by Market Opening. Greater Sudbury Hydro provides electrical services to approximately 43,000 customers in the City of Sudbury and surrounding areas. The Sudbury market is anticipated to be competitively active, with electric retailers able to target the mix of industrial, commercial and residential customers.
Frank Kallonen, Manager of Market Services and Information Technology for Greater Sudbury Hydro was instrumental in choosing Advanced, "We wanted to make sure we were selecting a CIS solution that could meet the complexities of the deregulating Ontario Market while maintaining control over the cost of providing the necessary services. We have been aware of CIS Infinity for many months, and after discussions with several of the customers of Advanced we knew it was the right solution for us."
Frank added, " Advanced is committed to the Ontario market, with over 20 current clients in place. We were impressed by this commitment, and recognize that they are the Ontario market leaders."
CIS Infinity will be used to handle the intricacies of the market including retailer billing and distributor billing. Beginning in May CIS Infinity will be used to interface via the Internet to the EBT clearing hubs in Ontario. This process will be streamlined and completely automated.
Patricia Sorbara, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced echoed Frank's words, "Each of our Ontario clients have put their faith in Advanced and CIS Infinity. We have dedicated significant resources, and are working closely with each client, to meet the challenge of deregulation in the Ontario electric market. We are enthusiastic about the changes we have made to both the software and our company, and we are looking forward to working with our clients throughout this exciting period."
Greater Sudbury Hydro will be using a SQL Server database, operating on clustered Pentium Class servers to ensure performance and reliability. Users will be able to use the system at the main office and at several cash payment facilities. In the short period of time that the implementation has been underway, significant progress has been made. The first stages in data conversion are completed, training plans are finalized and courses have begun, using their own data. Testing of deregulation functionality - which is underway at all of the clients of Advanced, has also begun in Sudbury where they ensure their unique practices and mix of customers can be handled efficiently and effectively.
Greater Sudbury Hydro provides electrical distribution, broadband data communications and retail services to over 43,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Sudbury. As one of the largest municipal electricity providers in Ontario, and a regional center for Northern Ontario, the company is focused on meeting the needs of its customers, and building on its strong market image.
For additional information contact:
Peter Fanous, General Manager
Advanced Utility Systems, a division of N. Harris Computer Corporation
(888) 355-7772 x231
About Advanced and Harris:
Advanced is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harris Computer Systems that provides
Customer Information and Billing solutions exclusively to utilities and municipalities. Harris is a leading provider of financial
management and Customer Information Systems (CIS) software solutions.
Since 1976, Harris has focused on providing feature-rich and robust
turnkey solutions to all levels of local government as well as public
power and water markets 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
http://www.Harriscomputer.com, or call 888-847-7747.
For more information on Advanced and CIS Infinity ® please contact us at www.advancedutility.com/contact.asp
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