St. Louis, MO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 9, 2006 – Distribution Control Systems, Inc. (DCSI) manufacturer of the TWACS two-way power line communication technology, has announced the release of its advanced Outage Assessment System (OASys™) Version 4.0 that, based on the hardware configuration of the substation and meter, can identify outages or restorations at a rate of up to 1400 meters per minute.

This ability is provided to customers using DCSI’s AMIgo™ line of hardware products in their deployment plans. By utilizing group addressing, OASys can determine if a metering device is without power in as little as 1 second.

Outage assessment tasks, schedules and sampling groups are user-defined, as well as the selection of substations, bus sections or feeder options that are to be checked. OASys Version 4.0 enables the creation of more specific email notification on a per-job-basis by transmitting the meter serial numbers in the email notifications for blink alarms, meter offline and meter indeterminate states. This version also adds the capability to export all blink results for a given day.

When used in conjunction with a third party OMS application and DCSI’s OPTIMUMTM interface software, Version 4.0 adds the option for traversing the network upstream only or downstream only, as well as the ability to fulfill the requirement to provide ‘active outage detection’, and has added the capability to facilitate the tracking of power state of selected meters. OASys has always been able to collect ‘blink’ counts from any metering product, but now with the added capability of metering devices to collect ‘momentary’ and ‘sustained’ outage counts. OASys now has the option of collecting this data from the Itron Sentinel®, Landis+Gyr S4e, GE kV2 and the Elster A3Alpha® meters.