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Elster Tests Interoperability Using Latest IEC/CIM Integration Standard

May 29, 2012


Elster further enhances its leadership role in system interoperability

RALEIGH, NC, May 29, 2012 – Elster (NYSE: ELT), a global leader in advanced metering technology and Smart Grid solutions, announced today its successful participation in vendor interoperability testing for the International Electrotechnical Commission/Common Information Model (IEC/CIM) 61968-9 standard.

Elster’s EnergyAxis® Smart Grid solution suite and EIServer® meter data management (MDM) system were used in the UCAIug interoperability tests, facilitated by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The interoperability testing affirms Elster’s commitment to implement open standards that allow Smart Grid applications to run over multiple systems.

“Elster’s dedication to innovation and interoperability standards allows us to continually provide unmatched technology risk mitigation to our customers,” said Mark Munday, chief technology officer, Elster Group SE.

“Our participation in interoperability testing demonstrates our commitment to providing interoperable, future-proof solutions based on industry standards, thereby helping our customers derive more value out from their Smart Grid investments and reduce their project costs and timelines,” Munday added.

As part of the tests, EnergyAxis® and EIServer® successfully exchanged CIM-compliant messages with multiple vendors using multiple service oriented architecture (SOA) technologies. Data transport during the test spanned the full end to end architecture, from enterprise level back office applications to the endpoint Smart Meter.

Participation in these tests helped demonstrate to the industry the value of the CIM and associated interoperability profile standards which Elster has played an important role helping to develop. Together, these standards provide a platform for streamlined and scalable data exchange between utility systems such as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), MDM, customer information systems (CIS) and distribution management systems (DMS).

Elster recognizes this IEC series of standards as a foundational international standard for the Smart Grid and has played an important role in its advancement globally. Having been identified by the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) for the United States’ Smart Grid standardization efforts, enterprise integration standards such as CIM and Multispeak are central to Elster’s vision to provide truly interoperable system solutions for the Smart Grid.

The test results from all vendor participants will be released in the first half of 2012 in a general report from the UCAIug test director.

About Elster

Elster (NYSE: ELT) is one of the world’s largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services – key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging Smart Grid markets.

Elster has one of the most extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial, and transmission and distribution applications.

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