Endesa Selects Symbol Technologies Mobility Solutions to Improve Customer Service

Endesa Selects Symbol Technologies Mobility Solutions to Improve Customer Service

MADRID, October 17 --

- Symbol and Telvent Interactive supplied 650 MC9000 mobile computers to read customer meters

Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:SBL), The Enterprise Mobility Company(TM), today announced that Endesa Electrical Distribution, the largest electrical company in Europe, chose Symbol's MC9000 mobile computers to help its field services team to read customer meters. The solution has been rolled out to 55 percent of workers as part of Endesa's wider ALMA (application of readings for improving activity) project.

"We have already seen many improvements thanks to Symbol's MC9000 mobile computers," said Joaquín Diaz Quirós, Measurement Representative of the Endesa Group. "Among the most remarkable advantages is the ability to download and transmit data from the mobile computer without the need for the reader to be present in the office or connected to a PC."

"Before the implementation of ALMA and the Symbol MC9000 mobile computers, the information captured in the field could only be collated at the end of the day, when the devices were returned to the service provider's facilities. The previous solution also lacked support for WAN or LAN connectivity and didn't offer Web browsing capabilities, which meant that a docking station and PC were needed for the information to be downloaded and received. The MC9000 mobile computers eliminated the docking port process, and employee productivity has improved significantly as a result," explained Diaz Quirós.

The challenges led Endesa to investigate other options as part of a wider billing process automation initiative, which included the implementation of an extranet, integrated with the corporate portal. The portal allows Endesa's meter reading partners to download each day's readings, and then input information about customer consumption through the Web.

Although the meter reading activity and all the associated resources are the responsibility of its meter reading partners, Endesa certifies the technology to be used with the aim of making their work easier and always offers at least two alternative suppliers, according to Diaz Quiros, "Internet and the Web technologies are the standard ways we communicate with our meter reading partners, so we wanted to extend their support from our portal to the other end of the billing process chain: the terminals used to read customer meters. With this in mind, the new terminals had to include a standard browser, and support a range of wireless technologies and the Windows Pocket PC operating system. They also had to be extremely robust, to withstand bumps, humidity and dust out in the field, while having a battery that could power the device for the entire working day."

Following these criteria, Endesa selected numerous terminals to review.
Symbol's partner, Telvent Interactive, recommended the Symbol MC9000 mobile computer that would best meet their needs. Currently, 650 MC9000 mobile computers (approximately 55 percent of the total) are supplied to Endesa by Telvent Interactive, along with a six year maintenance service.

About Telvent Interactive

Telvent Interactive was created in the year 2000 to provide IT solutions to companies, especially focusing on Internet technologies and with the purpose of establishing long term outsourcing relationships with its customers. Its activities cover the broad range of Internet-related products and services, consulting, analysis, design, development, and maintenance. It focuses its offer to the areas of energy and environment, traffic and transportation, information systems, and data housing. This organization is integrated as a unit in the Telvent Group (Telecom Ventures), created in 1999 with the goal of developing new business solutions in the area of telecommunications and Internet. Currently Telvent operates in America, Spain and China, and treasures more than 40 years of experience in control systems and industrial supervision, and corporate processes management

About ALMA

ALMA, which is integrated in Endesa's Technology and Innovation Activity Plan, will provide the organization with a benefit in terms of updated cash flows (VAN) of 19 million Euros in a ten year period, with a return-on-investment period of only 18 months, which will turn the project into one of Endesa's most profitable investment lines in the last years. In fact, it has already distinguished the organization as a market leader and exemplary model in commercial operations' cost reduction and technological innovation in the measurement field.

About Symbol Technologies

Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company(TM), is the recognized leader in mobility products and solutions used to enter, transfer and manage information in real time, both to and from the activity site.
Symbol's mobility solutions include advanced data input tools, radio frequency identification technologies, laptops, wireless network infrastructures, mobile applications and services provided worldwide under the banner Symbol Enterprise Mobility Services. Its products and solutions increase employee productivity, reduce costs, improve performance, and give companies a real competitive edge. For more information: www.symbol.com.

Source: Symbol Technologies Inc

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