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AMI Communications Platform Integrated with Prepaid Account Management

Metrum Technologies and Exceleron Software have successfully integrated Metrum’s Utiliwise AMI/Smartgrid communications platform with Exceleron’s PAMS™ Prepaid Account Management System.

Metrum’s Utiliwise platform is a highly flexible, under-glass, true IP to the endpoint technology that leverages existing public wireless network infrastructure allowing users to strategically deploy endpoints and retrieve data as needed to support advanced programs. Exceleron’s Prepaid Account Management System is a Web-based application requiring no on-site hardware or software installation. The combination of UtiliWise and PAMS allows the users to create, implement, and manage prepaid accounts while consumers are provided with a consistent flow of timely and accurate information from the meter. Transactions -- including payments, debits and credits -- are passed from CIS to PAMS. According to Metrum and Exceleron, the integration of UtiliWise and PAMS has created the utility industry’s most cost-effective and rapidly deployable prepaid solution. With this solution, utilities can now launch cost effective prepaid programs prior to deploying full AMI roll-outs.

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