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SkyBitz Addresses Utility Infrastructure Outages

March 26, 2009

The company strengthens its real-time, satellite-based solution to manage critical assets and infrastructure for utilities, enabling disaster recovery crews to respond to outages more quickly and efficiently.

STERLING, VA /PRNewswire/ -- SkyBitz, the leading satellite-based asset tracking and information management service provider, announced a solution for the utilities market and Smart Grid program to track, manage and deploy a range of assets in dispersed geographies during power outages and other utility disaster recovery efforts.

The SkyBitz Disaster Recovery Solution allows utility companies to leverage real-time information about the location, status and environmental conditions of their assets, enabling a secure, fast and effective response. This includes the deployment of teams to remote locations during network outages, as well as efficient selection, retrieval and redirection of assets. The SkyBitz solution is available and compliant with the objectives of the recently signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Title XIII funding for Smart Grid and improvements for reliability and recovery from disruptions and integration of renewable generation.

The SkyBitz solution is based on SkyBitz's proven Smart Sensor Tracking management solution. For the last six years, SkyBitz has provided disaster recovery solutions to emergency field services, the transportation industry, chemicals and oil and gas industries.

The SkyBitz disaster recovery solution provides an active communication channel between critical mission command and control systems and teams and assets in the field through bi-directional messaging capabilities. The SkyBitz satellite-based solution has a ubiquitous coverage and operates in remote areas that lack terrestrial coverage. The solution can be used to comply with FEMA cost recovery requirements.

With a battery life up to 5 years, the SkyBitz system is easily set-up, HERO certified and used for SCADA/telemetry type applications.

About SkyBitz
SkyBitz is the leading asset management solution provider, providing real-time information on the location and status of assets to customers in the fields of transportation, energy, and government. SkyBitz delivers a reliable, easy-to-use solution that provides clear visibility and assessment of remote assets anytime, anywhere. Throughout North America, more than 600 customers currently rely on cost-effective SkyBitz technology to manage more than 180,000 assets to achieve total visibility, improve security, lower operating costs and enhance customer service. SkyBitz is a privately held company backed by CIBC Capital Partners, Highstar Capital, Inverness Graham Investments, Motorola Ventures and ITV, a fund of Cordova Ventures.

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