DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - Jan 29, 2013) - Nighthawk, a leading wireless smart grid solutions provider, has released a new line of wireless (RF) MESH radio meters that work in conjunction with Nighthawk's existing cellular RF solutions. These new MESH meters provide a lower cost alternative for higher density applications with full two-way coverage and a rich suite of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) features. Similar to their cellular predecessors, Nighthawk MESH meters are easily controlled and managed using Nighthawk's feature rich, cloud-based WebConnect software.

Operating in MESH mode enables meters to communicate with nearby units creating a dynamic wireless network. Nighthawk utilizes the Synapse Wireless SNAP MESH network technology, which provides optimum performance and low maintenance costs for utilities. The networking technology will subsequently enable electric, water and gas utilities to leverage shared Mesh-Cellular™ infrastructure across an integrated metering network. Nighthawk's Mesh-Cellular™ solutions provide utilities with the flexibility of dynamically expanding over time from individual meters to a neighborhood cluster of meters or to a full system wide deployment. Without infrastructure build-out, utilities can quickly and easily have a full two-way AMI smart meter deployment.

"Our new Mesh-Cellular™ platform meters are so versatile that they can be deployed immediately upon delivery, and offer fast two-way communications without interruption," said Charles Kitowski, CEO of Nighthawk. "Dense deployments like apartment complexes or downtown city areas can benefit from new MESH radio meters, which offer a most cost-effective AMI solution while avoiding further infrastructure build-outs."

About Nighthawk: Nighthawk is a leading provider of intelligent devices and systems that allow for the centralized, on-demand management of assets and processes. Nighthawk products are used throughout the United States in a variety of mission critical applications, including utility applications, remotely turning on and off and rebooting devices, activating alarms, and controlling back up generation.

Nighthawk is a subsidiary of McWane Inc., a the leading manufacturer of ductile iron pipe, valves, hydrants, and fittings. McWane's products make up the backbone of vital water distribution and wastewater treatment systems throughout North America, dependably providing the U.S. with clean drinking water. The company operates 25 manufacturing plants including 13 iron foundries across the United States, Canada, Australia, and China.

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