Prague, Czech Republic --- (METERING.COM) --- March 13, 2008 – Czech utility CEZ is setting up the biggest ICG measurement readout center in Europe, which will provide data readouts and processing of commercial measurements for C&I customers and the CEZ Group production sites. The center will be built in Prague during the course of the year.

The solution is based on Landis+Gyr's technology, in particular the MDW Converge center, the ‘www.100’ data portal and the MessageHandler system, intended for data exchange in liberalized markets.

The data services center will support all activities related to data readouts from ICG measurements and their primary processing. This includes validation and processing of raw data for invoicing purposes. Measured data will be sent to end-users through an Internet portal. The MessageHandler module will ensure communication with market operators to comply with regional legislation.

The center's target capacity will be 85,000 measurement points – 300,000 scanned and 80,000 calculated load profiles. The system will be integrated into associated systems, especially the existing SAP ERP system. It has a sophisticated fail-safe design so that if any one component fails, the rest of the system will continue to operate.

The project is the successful conclusion of many years' work between Landis+Gyr and CEZ. This SuperConverge project will be the sixth system upgrade, responding to the dynamic growth of the CEZ Group and to the increasing demands of measurement data quality and availability. Every upgrade has also been part of a continual process and driven by a desire to improve quality of service provided to end-users.

The new center will provide support for the distribution company in the Czech Republic, as well as distribution companies in Romania and Bulgaria that are part of the CEZ Group.