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OSI Launches a Utility-owned Smart Thermostat (Tina™), Empowering Utilities and Their Environmentally Conscious Customers to Directly Engage in Energy-use Reduction

Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) has launched a new business unit, AfterNext Solutions™, to provide utilities with integrated hardware and software solutions connecting consumer grid-edge devices to OSI's field-proven monarch™ operational platform in a seamless and secure way.

The newest addition to the AfterNext hardware portfolio is Tina (Thermo Intelligent Network Appliance), a secure, intelligent thermostat that connects utilities directly to consumers—without any middlemen. Made in the USA, Tina is eco-friendly; mobile app capable; intuitive to set up and operate; and designed to be the least expensive smart thermostat on the market, promoting social equity among utility customers from a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds. As an IoT device, Tina integrates seamlessly with a utility's existing distribution management system, demand-response programs, and generation and market portfolios. It also provides intelligent customer profiles and analytics to utilities, informing customer incentive programs, time-of-day pricing, green energy profile, and other prosumer programs.

Utilities of any size will benefit from directly connecting and owning the in-home relationship with their consumers. With pay-as-you-go pricing models and flexibility in cloud communication providers, implementation of Tina smart thermostats is fast and easy, leveraging OSI's monarch ADMS, DERMS, and DR platforms, and the existing in-home Wi-Fi or phone network.

OSI will support each utility with customized marketing and enrollment services, ensuring robust participation by consumers. Legacy BYOT programs and third-party DR systems can also be integrated to leverage past investments. Custom dashboards and reports for utility stakeholders, as well as an engaging consumer mobile-app, make OSI's solution a well-rounded addition to existing OSI-installed applications.

"Most utility companies are worried about losing their customers to new, non-utility energy providers, and view in-home IoT devices as a potential threat," said Bahman Hoveida, president and CEO of OSI. "OSI is uniquely positioned to partner with our utility customers to promote long-term customer loyalty, managing consumer relationships and ensuring operational ROI benefits are captured."

AfterNext's solution portfolio and Tina will foster an interactive and symbiotic relationship between consumer and utility company, directly empowering each individual to have a positive influence on the environment through reduced energy consumption and a diminished carbon footprint.

Open Systems International (www.osii.com)—headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota—provides open, state-of-the-art and high-performance enterprise automation solutions to utilities worldwide. These solutions include Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Energy Management Systems (EMS), Distribution Management Systems (DMS), Outage Management Systems (OMS), Generation Management Systems (GMS), Substation Automation (SA) Systems, Data Warehousing (Historian) Analytics, Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS), Situational Awareness Systems, Pipeline Network Management Systems (NMS), individual software and hardware products, and Smart Grid solutions for utility operations. OSI's solutions empower its users to meet their operational challenges, day in and day out, with unsurpassed reliability and a minimal cost of technology ownership and maintenance.

For additional information regarding this news release, please contact news@osii.com.