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  • 4 May 2011 15:04

Leading Energy Company TransGrid Adopts Mincom’s Next-Generation Solution for Enterprise Asset Management

Australian transmission network operator adopts Mincom Ellipse 8 with field-enablement solution; will help ensure reliability and safety of electricity network supplying three million households and businesses

BRISBANE, 4 May 2011 — Mincom, a leading global provider of software solutions and services for asset-intensive industries, today announced a significant new deal worth $7.2 million with TransGrid, one of the largest high-voltage electricity transmission network operators in Australia and recognised as a best-practice transmission company.

Under the agreement, TransGrid will implement Mincom Ellipse 8, the world’s most comprehensive and modern Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solution for asset-intensive industries, as well as Mincom applications for human resources and supply chain management. The organisation will also deploy the Mincom Mobility suite of integrated field-enablement applications, including Mincom Mobile Worker and Mincom Mobile Inspector, to improve the efficiency and productivity of its dynamic workforce.

With Mincom’s enterprise solutions, TransGrid can achieve greater visibility, improved availability and increased return on nearly $6 billion worth of electricity assets, which provide electricity to more than three million households and businesses across New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). TransGrid’s assets include 91 substations; 12,600 kilometres of transmission lines; 36,000 transmission-line structures; and a workforce of more than 1,000 employees.

“TransGrid is committed to supplying an efficient, safe and reliable supply of electricity – now and in the future,” said Mr. Tony Meehan, Executive General Manager of Finance and Information Systems.

“Maximising the performance of our physical infrastructure and workforce is critical to meeting this objective,” said Mr. Meehan.

“We selected Mincom Ellipse 8 as we believe it is currently the most robust and fully modern platform for enterprise asset management, designed specifically to meet the needs of asset-intensive businesses like ours,” he said. “Mincom’s field-enablement applications are tightly integrated with Ellipse 8, which will assist TransGrid’s asset and work management processes in the field, where the work is being done.”

Mincom Mobility is a suite of end-to-end field-enablement applications that improves the decision-making and productivity of field-force operations using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, PDAs and more. Fully integrated with Mincom’s Ellipse solution for EAM, Mincom's mobile workforce management solutions allow field personnel to perform the right job, with the right resources, wherever they are.

“Utility companies around the world face significantly greater demand for energy due to rapid population growth, and must maximise the performance of their physical infrastructure and workforce to ensure continued reliability of service,” said Greg Clark, Mincom CEO.

“We’re pleased that a recognised energy leader such as TransGrid has adopted Mincom Ellipse 8, integrated with our field-enablement applications, for this important function,” said Mr. Clark.

Mincom Ellipse 8 is the industry’s most modern and complete Enterprise Asset Management solution designed expressly for industries with asset-intensive operating environments. Mincom Ellipse 8 provides companies in asset-heavy industries – such as mining, defence, energy, public infrastructure and transit – with a fully integrated and mobile-enabled suite of business-critical applications that improves their return on assets and workforce productivity, while also addressing the challenges inherent in remote and geographically dispersed operations that distinguish these industries from corporate-office environments.

TransGrid is the owner and operator of one of the largest high voltage transmission networks in Australia, connecting generators, distributors and major end users in NSW and the ACT. TransGrid, with 91 substations and over 12,600 kilometres of transmission lines, facilitates interstate energy trading and forms the backbone of Australia’s National Electricity Market, one of the most extensive electricity systems in the world. The electricity delivered by TransGrid’s network supplies more than three million households and businesses in NSW and the ACT, as well as to users in other states. For more details, visit www.transgrid.com.au.

About Mincom Mincom Pty Ltd is a global software and services provider with nearly 30 years of experience in providing business solutions to companies in asset-intensive industries – such as mining, defence, energy and public infrastructure – in more than 40 countries around the world. Mincom customers are global industry leaders, including Anglo American, Thales, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Boeing, National Grid, London Underground, Xstrata Copper, Western Power, QBuild, BNSF Railway, EDF Energy, Caterpillar and Ecopetrol. For more information about Mincom, visit www.mincom.com.

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Contacts Samantha Moore Mincom +1.408.712.0612 samantha.moore@mincom.com

Catriona Booth Hill & Knowlton - Sydney +61 2 9286 1275 cbooth@hillandknowlton.com.au

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