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Centricity v6.5 offers security and detailed audit-trails to meet NERC suggested applications guidelines. Switching modules include step redlining and support for complex restoration sequences. MyCentricity suite provides multi-modal communication support for pagers, email, and cell notifications of critical events that are personalized for various types of users.



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CES International Inc., the Leading Global Provider of Outage- and Network-Management Systems for Distribution Utilities, Today Announced the General Availability of Centricity Release 6.5



The release of Centricity 6.5 follows the recent publication of an analyst report that ranks CES International as the leader in North American market share, with 36 percent. The 2003 Utility WMS/OMS Report, authored by Peter Manos, vice president of analyst firm Warren B. Causey Ltd., ranks the leading vendors who provide outage-management systems, or OMS, to electrical utilities.

CES International estimates that it leads in global market share as well, with 43 percent of the worldwide market for commercial outage-management systems. The Warren B. Causey report also provides overviews of Centricity projects at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Idaho Power and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. CES International has more than 40 named accounts on five continents representing more than 35 million electric service connections.

In the report, Manos comments on the state of the commercial outage-management market, noting, "One technique which vendors need to employ to stay strong is to constantly reinvest in their own products through technical and functional improvements."

To that end, CES International announced the general availability of Centricity 6.5 this summer. Highlights of the new release include:

Security and detailed audit-trail enhancements to meet NERC suggested application guidelines.

Functional improvements to the Java-based Storm Management and CrewCentricity modules.

Production environment support for the Red Hat Linux operating platform.

Significant enhancements to switching and suggested switching modules including step redlining and support for more complex restoration sequences.

Expansion of the MyCentricity suite to include multi-modal communication support for pagers, email and cell notifications of critical events that are personalized for various types of users.

Expansions planned to the product-based integration to MDSI Advantex R7.

CES International Chief Executive John Blend remarked, "CES International has held its own in a difficult market for utility IT solutions because of the commitment of our dedicated employees and the support of our world-class customer base. We will continuously invest in Centricity not only to expand our leading global OMS market share, but also to meet the rapidly growing needs of our current customer community."

The 5th annual CES International Centricity user group conference, advanCES 2003, will bring together delegates from more than 60 CES customer and partner companies Oct. 26 through 29 in Washington, D.C. This year's conference, hosted by Pepco, will focus on operations system cyber-security and emergency response. Additional information on the conference sponsoring publication Platt's Energy Business and Technology, and on conference sponsors HP, ESRI, JCMB, MDSI, KEMA, and ExtenSys is available at advanCES2003.com.

About CES International
CES International supplies real-time software solutions to utilities on five continents, serving more than 35 million metered accounts. CES International is the developer of the Centricity operations resource management (ORM) system, which includes the market's leading outage-management system, and the newly developed Energy Delivery Management (EDM) suite of network-management software. For more information, visit ces.com or call 1-800-450-0266. CES International Redefining Connectivity.

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