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Invensys' Wonderware Business Unit Receives Editors' Choice Award from Control Engineering Magazine for Industrial Application Server

January 202004
Product Recognized as One of the Most Innovative Applications of 2003

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Jan. 20, 2004 -- Wonderware, an operating unit of Invensys Systems, Inc., today announced that Control Engineering magazine has selected the Wonderware Industrial Application Server product for its 2003 "Editors' Choice Award." The Editors' Choice Award winners are selected from among new products featured in Control Engineering, Control Engineering Online or one of Control Engineering's topical e- newsletters.

"Our editors review literally hundreds and hundreds of new product announcements each year, and only the best are chosen for publication," said David Greenfield, editorial director of Control Engineering magazine. "The winners are chosen from among those products we've covered during the past year -- both in print and online. At the end of each year, the editors of Control Engineering select the Editors' Choice Award winners based on three criteria: market impact, service to industry and technological advancement."

Built on Invensys' ArchestrA software architecture, the Wonderware Industrial Application Server is designed to significantly reduce engineering time and the costs of application ownership and maintenance with a flexible and extensible software framework. Industrial Application Server applications can perform real-time data acquisition, alarm and event management, data modeling and manipulation services as well as collaborative engineering capabilities.

"The fact that the editors of Control Engineering selected the Wonderware Industrial Application Server for this award is a significant achievement for Wonderware and Invensys, which developed the ArchestrA architecture on which the Industrial Application Server is based," said Steve Garbrecht, product marketing manager for Wonderware's Industrial Application Server. "Many customers will benefit from the Industrial Application Server because they do not have to update or replace existing systems or supervisory applications to use it, but can simply add it as a value-added information layer without disrupting plant production."

With the Industrial Application Server, new applications can be easily assembled from a library of standard, reusable components, or objects, without writing or compiling new code, which can help customers save significant amounts of money and time. More information on the Industrial Application Server is available at www.wonderware.com/products/appserver.

"This award, which is ranked among the top in our industry, validates our strategy to provide a comprehensive plant automation and information architecture designed from the outset to extend the life of legacy systems by leveraging the latest software technologies," said Mark Davidson, vice president of global marketing for Invensys' Wonderware and ArchestrA business units.

As one of 35 Editors' Choice Award winners, the Wonderware Industrial Application Server will be eligible to win a Control Engineering "Engineers' Choice Award," to be announced at National Manufacturing Week on Feb. 24, 2004. Control Engineering will survey its subscribers to select winners for the Engineers' Choice Award.

About Wonderware
Wonderware is a business unit of Invensys Systems, Inc., and is the world's leading supplier of industrial automation software. Founded in 1987, Wonderware pioneered the use of the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 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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