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Data Systems & Solutions to Strengthen Transmission

Control Functions at Two Scottish Power Substations

RESTON, Va., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Data Systems & Solutions has won a major transmission contract with Scottish Power, Power Systems to supply a substation control scheme at two of its 275 kV substations, Coylton and Auchencrosh, which form a major part of the Scotland and Northern Ireland Interconnector. The substation control scheme will streamline the monitoring of electricity transfer from Scotland into Northern Ireland.

The Coylton and Auchencrosh substations will be supplied with Data Systems & Solutions' state-of-the-art ACTIVia system and Microsol, Inc.'s XCell Remote Terminal Units (RTU). Microsol, Inc. is located in Dublin, Ireland.

The combination of ACTIVia and XCell RTUs in the substation control scheme will provide substation engineers with better control and monitoring of the substations as electricity flows between the two countries. The scheme also will supply data to and from two Scottish Power Control Centers using independent serial communication links, as well as via remote control. In addition, the substation control scheme will provide local control of the substations with the integration of intelligent electronic devices.

With its open system and object-oriented architecture, ACTIVia provides a distributed monitoring, control and data integration platform that is scalable for the addition of devices and outputs, and extendable to the enterprise for current and future information needs. One of the latest developments of Data Systems & Solutions, ACTIVia links legacy transmission and distribution field subsystems to other enterprise information systems, such as GIS, EMS, and WMS.

Financial details of the contract were not released. Work on the substation control scheme is expected to be completed in June 2001, and is being carried out by the Data Systems & Solutions Gateshead, England, office.

Note to editors

Data Systems & Solutions is equally owned by Rolls-Royce plc and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and began operations in February 1999. The company provides predictive maintenance technologies and integrated asset management solutions to aerospace, defense and energy clients to help enable industry professionals to focus on their core business. Data Systems & Solutions employs approximately 500 information technologists, engineers, and other professionals in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.

SOURCE Data Systems & Solutions

-0- 02/06/2001

/CONTACT: Mia Walton, Vice President, Corporate Communications of Rolls-Royce North America, 703-834-1700, or fax, 703-709-6087; or Jane Van Ryan, Vice President for Public Affairs of SAIC, 703-676-4097, or fax, 703-676-2269; or Thomas W. Jenkins, Senior Vice President, Business Development of Data Systems & Solutions, 703-375-2920, or fax, 703-375-2959/

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CO: Data Systems & Solutions; Scottish Power, Power Systems; Rolls-Royce plc;

Science Applications International Corporation ST: Virginia, Scotland, England IN: OIL CPR SU: -0- Feb/06/2001 14:43 GMT

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