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Hydro One Installing Rugged Mobile Computers for Smart Meter Pilot Program

Psion Teklogix is working to provide Hydro One Networks Inc. with a customized rugged mobile computing solution for its field service employees as part of its smart meter program. Hydro One Networks Inc., headquartered in Toronto, owns and operates one of the ten largest electricity transmission and distribution systems in North America.

Hydro One began installing approximately 15,000 smart meters recently in the towns of Georgina and East Gwillimbury just north of Toronto to comply with the provincial government’s initiative to have electricity distribution companies install smart meters in all Ontario homes and small businesses by 2010. Psion Teklogix’ Workabout Pro computers are being used by Hydro One installers to support the smart meter installations. Hydro One will use this pilot project of 15,000 smart meters to evaluate the Psion mobile solution for possible use to support the mass deployment of smart meters to its 1.2 million customers province-wide.

Psion Teklogix' rugged Workabout Pro handheld device was selected by Hydro One Networks Inc. for the Community Rollout Pilot project north of Toronto, to run the custom application used by Hydro One's field service employees.

The Psion Teklogix Workabout Pro delivers the performance, ruggedness and durability required for mobile data collection all in an ergonomic package. The rugged device also uses Windows CE .NET, allowing it to be tailored to the specific needs of any particular mobile workforce.

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