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NIPSCO selects SoftSmiths' e-Wheel product suite for its Control Area scheduling operations

Houston, TX. – February 19, 2002 – Today, SoftSmiths announced that Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has chosen SoftSmiths’ e-Wheel Product Suite for its control area scheduling operations, and to provide its NERC E-Tag 1.7 compliant tagging solution. NIPSCO, a Nisource company, is the largest natural gas distribution company, and the second largest electric distribution company, in Indiana. SoftSmiths delivers critical e-Business solutions and services that enable energy industry participants to enhance profitability and reliability in the competitive marketplace.

e-Wheel is designed for Control Area Operators, Transmission Providers, and RTO's who face an increasingly diverse customer service base and require cutting-edge technology to accommodate transaction rates in the hundreds of thousands. SoftSmiths' e-Wheel Suite provides just that - a flexible, scalable business technology solution, seamlessly integrating Scheduling, Transmission Services, ATC Management, Interchange Checkout, EMS integration, Accounting and Reporting - so that Transmission Providers can stay on top in the changing business environment. The e-Wheel suite also provides NIPSCO with the NERC 1.7 compliant e-Authority and e-Approval applications.

Paul Kunzinger, Director of Technical Services at SoftSmiths, commented, "We are extremely pleased to have been selected by NIPSCO to implement our e-Wheel scheduling solution. This adds to our growing reputation as a leader in application software design and development, and highlights SoftSmiths' focus on delivering innovative technology that meets the business requirements of its customers".

About SoftSmiths

SoftSmiths is a leading provider of proven business critical Transaction Management Systems and services to the energy industry. SoftSmiths' seamlessly integrated and scalable products are designed to address increased customer and transaction volumes and yield increased operational efficiencies, thereby enabling its customers to profitably operate in the competitive marketplace. SoftSmiths' highly differentiated position in the market is a result of its in-depth knowledge of the industry’s business practices, having the broadest product development strategy and using its intellectual property and consulting service to meet its customer’s competitive business requirements. The company has been successfully delivering e-business solutions to energy service companies since 1997.

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