Aclara Technologies Grabs Gold at Connected World Magazine Awards STAR Network System Recognized for M2M Technology

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aclara Technologies LLC, a leading provider of intelligent infrastructure technologies for water, gas and electric utilities and part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc., today announced it has won a Gold Connected World Award in the Utilities category for implementing machine-to-machine (M2M) technology in its STAR® Network system.

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The Connected World Awards honor the companies that have successfully leveraged M2M in order to solve a critical problem within their businesses, all with quantifiable results. Aclara worked with Multi-Tech Systems to implement M2M data collection technology for backhaul cellular communications within Aclara's STAR Network, which is scalable for utilities of all sizes and delivers secure and accurate meter data on an hourly basis.

"Implementing M2M technology through Multi-Tech eliminates the delay in adopting the latest cellular technologies, allowing us to upgrade our cellular-based products faster," said Cynthia Daugherty, Aclara's STAR Network product manager. "We can meet customer requirements effectively and at a lower cost than with previous technologies."

The 2014 award winners honored this year are a combination of large and small companies, representing a range of industries and applications," said Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World magazine. "Solutions were implemented for GPS, car sharing, and even concrete-management systems. This is a testament to the growth of the vertical markets and acceptance of the technology within those various segments."

The Connected World awards emphasize the process of creating a winning solution by combining multiple technologies, such as device, connectivity, hardware, radio modules, network service and provisioning, as well as application software and infrastructure. Award winners were announced during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

About Aclara

Aclara® represents the industry's leading Intelligent Infrastructure technologies for providing device networking, data-value management, and customer communications to water, gas, and electric utilities globally. Over 500 utilities in nine countries rely on proven Aclara solutions to connect with their customers. Aclara Technologies LLC is part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), St. Louis. Create Your Intelligent Infrastructure™ www.Aclara.com. Follow us on Twitter @AclaraSolutions.

About Multi-Tech Systems

Multi-Tech Systems has been delivering industry-leading M2M communications solutions since 1970. With carrier-approved external and embedded modems and gateways, Multi-Tech makes it easy and fast to connect your devices to networks anywhere in the world.  We work with clients in almost every market to efficiently enable cellular, analog, Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and GPS capabilities into their M2M solution. If we don't have it, we will develop it. Multi-Tech established its reputation for innovative designs by obtaining 80+ patents as well as certifications from more than 30 carriers in over 80 countries. Multi-Tech has made M2M simplified for thousands of customers worldwide.  For more information, please visit www.multitech.com.

About the Connected World Conference

The Connected World Conference is the window into the emerging technology trends shaping the future of connected devices. The conference is a destination for everyone interested in learning, sharing, and presenting their ideas and visions about the future of our digital lifestyle, connecting to our vehicles, our homes, our energy, our apps, and our health/fitness. This event gives attendees a chance to explore the strategic shifts that new technologies will have now and into the future. Visit www.connectedworldmag.com/conference.

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