Russ Agrusa Re-elected to OPC Foundation Board

ICONICS Executive Lends Years of Experience to Interoperability-focused Organization

FOXBOROUGH, MA – January 5, 2007 – ICONICS' chief executive, Russ Agrusa, has been re-elected to the OPC Foundation Board of Directors.

The OPC Foundation has over 450 members from around the world, including nearly all of the world's major providers of control systems, instrumentation, and process control systems, extending the reach beyond automation into areas like retail, finance, health care and security. OPC is dedicated to ensuring interoperability in automation by creating and maintaining open specifications that standardize the communication of acquired discrete and process data, and alarm and event records between significant automation devices. These devices include sensors, instruments, PLCs, RTUs, DCSs, HMIs, historians, trending subsystems, alarm subsystems and more as used in the Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Utility, Machine Builders and Oil, Gas and Petrochemical industries.

"Russ Agrusa has clearly demonstrated his outstanding commitment to secure reliable interoperability, and his visionary, technical and marketing expertise cannot be underestimated with respect to his position on the OPC Foundation Board of Directors," said Tom Burke, OPC Foundation President and Executive Director. "The dedication and leadership that Russ provides to the OPC Foundation has championed many of the OPC Foundation marketing and technical programs including the new OPC Foundation Unified Architecture.”

Russ Agrusa has over 25 years of experience in managing software development of HMI/SCADA and control products for the Process Control and Data Acquisition industry. Through Mr. Agrusa’s leadership, ICONICS has been contributing to the OPC foundation since day one and has been leading the development efforts with OPC-UA, resulting in being one of the first companies to offer OPC-UA solutions.

ICONICS recognized that OPC was core to the future of Plug and Play software components and produced the first commercially available "OPC-to-the Core" based HMI/SCADA products. The GENESIS32 suite of HMI/SCADA products was designed from the ground up to take maximum advantage of OPC. ICONICS, itself, has done an enormous amount of volunteer work for the OPC Foundation, with employees having served on the Data Access, Alarm/Events, HDA committees and assisting with the development of OPC-UA.

OPC-UA is a robust, secure and scalable expansion of the highly successful basic COM/DCOM-based OPC standard communication protocol. OPC-UA allows the interoperability of best-of-breed real-time, alarm management and historian systems. This allows for a standard model of plant floor integration with the enterprise. Any plant system that is currently using OPC communications can easily add OPC-UA applications to their existing system, giving them the added value of Web services that allow for more enterprise connectivity.


ICONICS Background Information
Founded in 1986, ICONICS is a leader in the development of Web-enabled industrial automation and manufacturing intelligence software for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Offering the industry's only suite of fully-integrated OPC-based components and products, GENESIS32 Enterprise Edition is available for Windows XP, XP Professional x64, Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 x64. Pocket GENESIS for Windows CE and Pocket PC was built from the ground up based on ICONICS' OPC-To-The-Core framework. BizViz is a suite of manufacturing and business intelligence products, which bridge the gap between manufacturing and corporate business information systems. BizViz is designed around Microsoft .NET technology and Microsoft SharePoint Services. ICONICS also offers a complete set of Plug and Play automation components, including best-in-class OPC ActiveX Controls, OPC Toolkit, Human Machine Interface (HMI), Microsoft SQL Server-based data logging, Multimedia Alarming, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) products. ICONICS is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner represented in over 60 countries, and has more than 200,000 product installations worldwide.

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