RWE Group Opts for GIS Solution from AED-SICAD

Plan for company-wide introduction

Dortmund, October 6, 2006 - Following extensive market research activities and a call for tenders for a Geoinformation system, RWE Systems AG and RWE Energy AG opted in favor of AED-SICAD's standard application for utilities.

The RWE companies and AED-SICAD signed an outline agreement by the end of September 2006, covering the Europe-wide use of the new GIS solution for utilities within RWE Energy's associated companies.

With the implementation of the GIS, RWE intends to achieve considerable advantages, especially by reducing running operational costs.

Systematic way to multiple use
In a first step, AED-SICAD realizes a master application, together with RWE Systems and RWE Energy. In the second project phase, this will be introduced at the three network companies RWE Westfalen Weser Ems Netzservice GmbH, RWE Rhein-Ruhr Netzservice GmbH and SÜWAG Netzservice GmbH. Only by introducing the software in these three companies, the final number of users will exceed 2.400. These persons will make use of the network information from the GIS in the office as well as in the field.

In addition to implementing the GIS application, AED-SICAD will also provide all necessary migration services and professional training. This also applies for the system introduction at other European associated groups of RWE.

Company Profiles

About RWE Energy
RWE Energy is in charge of the RWE Group's sales and network activities for Continental Europe. In a total of 12 regions, including six abroad, RWE Energy offers electricity, gas, water and related services from a one-stop shop. Customers include residential households, small businesses, large business and industrial customers as well as municipal and regional utilities. Supraregional electricity and gas network operations as well as the storage of gas are handled by independent companies. Together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, RWE Energy supplies 15.8 million customers with electricity and 8.3 million customers with gas. In 2005, sales totalled 150.6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, 288.8 billion kilowatt-hours of gas and 109 million cubic metres of water. With its 37,598 employees, RWE Energy generated revenues of �25.2 billion in 2005, which makes it one of the leading utility companies in Europe.

Press contact RWE Energy AG: Sebastian Ackermann
Phone: +49 (0) 231 438-30 22, email: Email Contact

About RWE Systems
RWE Systems AG, Dortmund, offers one-stop-shop services ranging from purchasing and payables accounting to information technology, real estate management, facility management and personnel services through to management consulting, auditing and data protection. As service provider within the RWE Group, RWE Systems enables RWE companies operating in the European energy markets to truly focus on their core businesses. The company employs some 2,800 people at 70 different locations. Offerings range from simple solution modules to complete solution strategies primarily for the RWE Group, but also for external clients. In fiscal 2005, RWE Systems generated revenues of 1.9 billion euros.

Press contact RWE Systems AG: Horst Niggemeier
Phone: +49 (0) 231 438-4638, e-mail:

AED-SICAD Aktiengesellschaft (AED-SICAD), Bonn/Munich, Germany, is the leading GIS application house in Europe, offering standard applications and tailor-made solutions. Our portfolio comprises high-end geo-information systems for the key segments cadastre, land management, utilities and local government. AED-SICAD employs more than 200 people. With various office sites in Germany as well as numerous distribution partners worldwide AED-SICAD offers a high degree of customer proximity. Additionally, we make use of the international sales channels of ESRI, Leica Geosystems and Siemens. ESRI and Leica Geosystems are holding shares in AED-SICAD. AED-SICAD owns a majority interest of 51% in its business partner BARAL. We develop innovative standard applications and branch-specific solutions and offer individual services ranging from project management and consulting, customer-specific customization and localization to technical support and training. With ArcFM™ UT for the utility industry and LM on ArcGIS® for cadastre and land management, AED-SICAD develops a new generation of GIS applications and solutions based on the worldwide leading ArcGIS® core technology.

Press contact AED-SICAD: Andrea Schmitz
Phone: +49 (0) 89 450 26 218, e-mail: Email Contact

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