Innovative Technology Test Drive Introduces Plant Engineers and Systems Integrators to ArchestrA Through Hands-On Demonstration | Automation.com

Innovative Technology Test Drive Introduces Plant Engineers and Systems Integrators to ArchestrA Through Hands-On Demonstration

January 222004
Engineer Wins BMW Z4 Through Online Promotional Campaign

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Jan. 22, 2004 -- The Wonderware (UIR:PQG2336) and ArchestrA business units of Invensys Systems, Inc. today announced that approximately 5,500 people have participated in the ArchestrA Test Drive demonstration program to date. This hands-on test drive gives people the opportunity to experience how the ArchestrA architecture accelerates application development through a sample application featuring the Wonderware Industrial Application Server and other FactorySuite A2 ("A-squared") products, such as the IndustrialSQL Server historian and InTouch visualization software.

The Wonderware and ArchestrA business units promoted the ArchestrA Test Drive by offering all qualified participants, including engineers and systems integrators who completed the test drive, the chance to win a 2003 BMW Z4 sports car. The winner was randomly selected from the list of qualified participants shortly after the conclusion of the promotion, which ended Nov. 30, 2003.

The winner was David Gowanlock, a 36-year-old engineer from Alberta, Canada. Gowanlock works for the Edmonton, Alberta office of Matrikon Inc., an IT solutions provider.

When informed that he won the BMW Z4 sports car, Gowanlock said, "I've been using and installing Wonderware products now for about eight years and honestly took the test drive because I was interested in learning more about ArchestrA technology. Because I am a controls integrator, the development time and cost savings inherent in ArchestrA technology were evident to me right away, and I look forward to having the opportunity to use it on a future project."

"On a more personal note, now that I've overcome my initial shock of winning, I have a smile that you could not beat off with a stick. I can't believe that I'm actually getting my midlife crisis car while I still have hair! Thanks."

Even though the BMW promotion is over, anyone who would like to experience how the ArchestrA architecture accelerates application development can still access the ArchestrA Test Drive via www.invensys.com/archestra.

The interactive test drive shows participants how to set up and install a system network, create supervisory control applications and re-use application object templates for a plant-centric, modular approach to application development. With the Industrial Application Server, new applications are easily assembled from a library of standard, reusable components, or objects, without writing or compiling new code.

"The ArchestrA test drive clearly demonstrates how ArchestrA technology puts the 'engine' back into your engineering toolset for unprecedented levels of personnel productivity," said Mark Davidson, vice president of global marketing for Invensys' Wonderware and ArchestrA business units. "One of the best things about the Industrial Application Server software is that it already works with virtually all of the systems and networks that are installed in customers' plants by utilizing a broad set of standard connectivity tools, including greater than 1,000 I/O Servers, OPC(R) Servers and DataAccess Servers."

About Wonderware

Wonderware is an operating unit of the Production Management Division (PMD) of Invensys plc and is the world's leading supplier of industrial automation software. Founded in 1987, Wonderware pioneered the use of the Microsoft Windows operating system in HMI automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Wonderware powers intelligent plant decisions in real time.

Based in Lake Forest, Calif., Wonderware has regional sales and development offices throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia to provide support to its network of more than 160 distributor offices. Wonderware has approximately 300,000 software licenses in approximately 100,000 plants worldwide, which is about 30 percent of the world's 335,000 plants with 20 or more employees. For more information, visit the Wonderware Web site at www.wonderware.com.

About Invensys

Invensys is a global leader in production technology. The group helps customers improve productivity, performance and profitability using innovative services and technologies and a deep understanding of their industries and applications.

Invensys Production Management works closely with customers to increase performance of production assets, maximize return on investment in production and data management technologies and remove cost and cash from the supply chain. The division includes APV, Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, IMServ, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware. These businesses address process and batch industries -- including oil and gas, chemicals, power and utilities, food and beverage, and personal health care -- and the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.

Invensys Rail Systems is a global leader in the design, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of safety related rail signaling and control systems as well as a complete range of rail signaling and communications products. The business includes Westinghouse Rail Systems Limited (WRSL), Dimetronic Signals, Safetran Systems, Burco Services, Westinghouse Signals Australia and Foxboro Transportation. WRSL was recently awarded two contracts valued at more than £850m (US$1.3 billion) for the renewal of signaling on the London Underground.

Invensys also currently serves other market sectors through its Development Division. The businesses in this division are: Appliance Controls, APV Baker, Climate Controls, Hansen Transmissions, Lambda, Metering Systems and Powerware. Invensys is actively seeking to develop these businesses through equity partners or new owners.

Invensys operates in more than 60 countries, with its headquarters in London. For more information, visit www.invensys.com.


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