Southern Cross EZ Tech Technology Named Platts 2013 Global Energy Awards Finalist

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EZ Tech eliminates time-consuming, error-prone transfer of field data from paper reports.

EZ Tech allows radical improvement throughout businesses processes associated with pipeline field services and greatly improves efficiency and effectiveness, thereby lowering both cost and risk.

Southern Cross has announced that its EZ Tech(TM) GPS-enabled compliance and mobile workforce technology has been selected as a finalist in the Platts 2013 Global Energy Awards recognizing exemplary industry leadership. EZ Tech was nominated in the Leading Technologies category.

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EZ Tech eliminates time-consuming and error-prone transfer of data from paper reports in the field. The system features "store and forward technology" allowing technicians to continue working even when not connected. Field technicians record and relay information via their mobile device into a central database. Reports delivering unique user-name, date and time-stamps with GPS position provide proof positive to public service commissions that survey work was completed on time.

Southern Cross provides services and innovative technology solutions for utlilities in North America, including gas leak surveys, pipeline integrity projects, and training. The EZ Tech first-of-its-kind software package was developed principally for pipeline field workforce management and compliance reporting. The device-agnostic mobile technology works with multiple mobile devices and operating systems.

"We are honored to be named a finalist," said Southern Cross CEO Ron Bertasi. "Our groundbreaking EZ Tech technology has enabled pipeline utilities to completely reengineer the way they perform field services. For the first time, gas utilities have electronic records of field service results, allowing the immediate use of electronic data for compliance and work force management and enabling, over the longer term, much more sophisticated analysis and reporting of pipeline integrity. EZ Tech is being increasingly accepted as the industry standard and is driving bottom line improvements for our customers while, most importantly, improving pipeline safety."

The EZ Tech software package enables utilities to:

  •     Digitally record and transmit critical inspection-related data in the field in real time.
  •     Employ the latest GPS and GIS technology to access electronic records of utility asset locations and to leave an electronic record, including a breadcrumb trail, confirming location.
  •     Document vital information on utility assets like meters, service lines.

EZ Tech allows radical improvement throughout businesses processes associated with pipeline field services and greatly improves efficiency and effectiveness, thereby lowering both cost and risk.

"We are seeing clients interested in re-engineering their process through EZ Tech. We are working with a client to leverage our technology to reduce yearly meter visits from 3 to 1 while delivering valid proof source for compliance. Just one way EZ Tech is truly a game changer for utilities," said Southern Cross VP of Technology Michael Cleary.

Established in 1999 and now widely regarded as the "the Oscars" of the energy industry, the Platts Awards highlights corporate and individual leadership, innovation, and performance. Finalists are selected by an elite panel representing world governments, regulatory agencies, corporations, and academia. Entries are evaluated on strategic vision, innovation, commercial viability, and leadership. For the full list of 2013 Platts Global Energy Awards finalists, visit

About Southern Cross

Founded in 1946, Southern Cross is a leading provider of outsourced utility services and technology solutions in North America. The company has more than 500 highly-skilled certified technicians and consultants serving customers across the U.S. and Canada with asset-intensive infrastructure, including companies in the oil & gas, utility, and public infrastructure industries. Southern Cross offers solutions to efficiently ensure the integrity and safety of assets, including services such as leak detection, pipeline integrity and corrosion inspection, compliance consulting, and other field inspection services; technology through compliance, reporting, tracking and analysis software; and products such as survey equipment and inspection instruments. Together, these solutions provide customers the ability to extend the useful life of their mission critical assets, comply with government safety and environmental regulations, enhance risk management operational decisions, manage and optimize mobile workforces, and improve productivity and profitability. Southern Cross parent Sparus Holdings owns businesses that provide field, professional, and technology services to utilities and other large industrial customers. With headquarters in Atlanta, Sparus and Southern Cross are backed by Source Capital, LLC, an Atlanta-based private equity group. Additional information is available at

About Platts

Founded in 1909, Platts is a leading global provider of energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture information and a premier source of benchmark prices for the physical and futures markets. Platts' news, pricing, analytics, commentary and conferences help customers make better-informed trading and business decisions and help the markets operate with greater transparency and efficiency. Customers in more than 150 countries benefit from Platts' coverage of the biofuels, carbon emissions, coal, electricity, oil, natural gas, metals, nuclear power, petrochemical, shipping and sugar markets. A division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), Platts is headquartered in New York with approximately 900 employees in more than 15 offices worldwide. Additional information is available at

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