TracerNET Corporation and Southern LINC Align to Offer Real-Time Location and Status Information for Mobile Fleets

ATLANTA & CHANTILLY, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 7, 2003--TracerNET Corporation, a leading provider of automated location-based mobile solutions, and Southern LINC, the wireless communications service from Southern Company (NYSE: SO), today announced the availability of a joint solution that allows organizations operating mobile fleets to receive automatic status and vehicle location information over Southern LINC's iDEN wireless data network. This solution enables improved efficiency and productivity.

TracerNET's TracerFleet and TracerWeb offerings use GPS, sensors and a proprietary design to determine a vehicle's location and the job status, without the need for driver input. This information is then delivered in real-time over Southern LINC's wireless data network to either a web-based or a client/server application. The TracerFleet software collects the information from the vehicle's sensors and GPS receiver and can then integrate it directly into their payroll, order processing, dispatching, customer service, and maintenance software systems. This solution improves customer service as well as operational performance.

"Our complementary solutions provide automated real-time access to delivery status and fleet information. TracerNET's solutions enable this information to be directly integrated with back office systems, such as dispatching, payroll and ERP systems," said Rick Beyer, president and CEO of TracerNET Corporation. "Our collective mission is to enable our clients to realize increased productivity and better customer service with the use of automated and integrated location-based technologies and wireless communications."

"This powerful combination provides our customers with an innovative service that will improve efficiency and productivity," said Bob Dawson, president and CEO of Southern LINC. "TracerNET's automated tracking device combined with Southern LINC's extensive coverage provides a reliable solution for businesses that need to stay regularly connected to their employees and vehicles in the field."

Information about TracerNET's fleet management solution and Southern LINC's wireless data solutions is available at or

About TracerNET Corporation

TracerNET Corporation is a leading provider of next generation, location-based, enterprise-class solutions for businesses and organizations operating mobile fleets. TracerNET's solutions emphasize non-manual, machine-to-machine event monitoring and communications, making TracerNET solutions the most automated and accurate fleet management solution on the market. TracerNET has developed an innovative end-to-end solution that leverages the latest available technologies in satellite global positioning, wireless telecommunications, microelectronics, and the Internet, integrated with proprietary electronics design and software to produce high return on investment solutions for its customers. The family of products, including TracerFleet and TracerWeb, are based upon the proprietary IMAT platform, which provides a modular and extensible foundation that will grow with an organization as their needs expand. For more information, please visit TracerNET on the Web at

About Southern LINC:

Southern LINC, which stands for Long-range Integrated Network Communications, covers 127,000 square miles in the Southeast, including major metro and rural areas in Alabama, Georgia, southeastern Mississippi and northwest Florida. Using Motorola's iDEN(R) technology, Southern LINC combines multiple communication services into one handset or installed device including Instant LINC two-way radio, phone service, numeric and text paging, wireless Internet and wireless data access and Java(TM) 2 Micro Edition (J2ME)(TM) applications. Southern LINC is also recognized by Motorola as the most reliable iDEN network in the world. More information about Southern LINC can be obtained by calling 1-800-818-LINC (5462) or visiting the Southern LINC Web site at

About Southern Company

With 4 million customers and nearly 37,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier super-regional energy company in the Southeast and a leading U.S. producer of electricity. Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states, a fast-growing competitive generation company, an energy services business and a competitive retail natural gas business, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service and high reliability. Southern Company has been named No. 1 on Fortune magazine's 2002 "America's Most Admired Companies" list in the Electric and Gas Utility industry. Southern Company has more than 500,000 shareholders, making its common stock one of the most widely held in the United states. Visit the Southern Company Web site at

CONTACT: TracerNET Corporation
             Theresa Hatton, 703/502-8125 x121  
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             Southern LINC
             Gretchen Crawford, 678/443-1525 or 888/429-0990
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             John Moore, 404/262-3000
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