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Invensys Wonderware Releases Service Pack 1 for SuiteVoyager 2.0 Plant Information Portal Software

SP1 Offers Integration with Wonderware's Industrial Application Server and an Additional Multilingual Feature

LAKE FOREST, Calif., March 3, 2003 -- Wonderware, an operating unit of Invensys plc, today announced the release of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the SuiteVoyager(TM) 2.0 plant information portal, which allows for the viewing of real-time and historical information over the Internet and the delivery of plant intelligence.

SuiteVoyager 2.0 software with SP1 provides several new features and also integrates tightly with Wonderware's new FactorySuite A2(TM) (squared) Industrial Application Server, the IndustrialSQL Server(TM) 8.0 plant historian and InTouch(R) 8.0 human-machine interface (HMI) software. The FactorySuite A2 family includes products that benefit from being built on Invensys' new ArchestrA(TM) automation and information software architecture.

"This is more than the usual service pack because it enables SuiteVoyager users to leverage many additional features offered by the ArchestrA architecture," said Renee Robinson, product marketing manager for Wonderware's visualization products.

Invensys' new ArchestrA architecture enables customers to extend and improve the value of their automation, information and human assets by unifying multiple vendor offerings and systems. Current and emerging systems can be linked in an orchestrated plant-level application model, maximizing total return on investments.

SuiteVoyager 2.0 software with SP1 can integrate with Wonderware's new Industrial Application Server for real-time delivery of event, process and quality information. The SuiteVoyager software supports real-time data transfer and graphical windows facilitate the acquisition and interaction of data from the Industrial Application Server. In addition, the SuiteVoyager portal software allows for the viewing of Industrial Application Server alarms. It tightly integrates with Industrial Application Server security to control user privileges throughout the application, whether the information is displayed on a control node or over a browser.

SuiteVoyager 2.0 with SP1 users also can directly interface with Wonderware's IndustrialSQL Server plant historian, third-party historians and data sources through SQL, ADO or OBDC data connectors for rapid delivery of real-time quality and process reports.
SuiteVoyager 2.0 software with SP1 also integrates directly with the latest version of Wonderware's InTouch HMI software for industrial automation, process control and supervisory monitoring. InTouch 8.0 graphical windows can be converted and published to the SuiteVoyager software, displaying real-time process information. In addition, with the SP1 release, new alarm fields in the InTouch 8.0 HMI can be displayed through the SuiteVoyager software, enabling better visualization of process changes.

"This increased visualization is important for customers who need to comply with government regulations, such as FDA 21 CFR Part 11," Robinson said. "From within the plant or a continent away, companies can use SuiteVoyager software and a browser to track who is making changes to their process control systems."

SuiteVoyager 2.0 software with SP1 also includes integrated support for the Simplified Chinese language.

"As more companies have moved their manufacturing facilities overseas, Wonderware has seen a strong demand for products which enable visualization of the industrial process from anywhere in the world," Robinson said. "Supporting the Simplified Chinese language in the SuiteVoyager software opens the portal to more of the Asia Pacific market."

Integrated language support in the SuiteVoyager software enables the customer to view portal information in Simplified Chinese without additional configuration.

The SuiteVoyager portal software senses the language of the browser and automatically converts and displays all the portal text and messages in that language. This multilingual feature is also available for French, German and Japanese.

SuiteVoyager 2.0 software with SP1 provides visualization of real-time and historical industrial information through a browser. It leverages the latest in Web technology, enabling companies to securely view information from one site or enterprise-wide, without the need for additional software programming. SuiteVoyager software is used in thousands of installations around the world and in a variety of vertical markets, including food processing, oil and gas, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, transportation, and utilities.

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(R) operating system in HMI automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Its mission is to power 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 sold approximately 300,000 software licenses in approximately 100,000 plants worldwide, which is about 30 percent of the world's plants with 20 or more employees. For more information, visit the Wonderware Web site at www.wonderware.com.

About Invensys
Invensys plc is a global leader in production technology and energy management. The group helps customers to improve performance and profitability using innovative services and technologies and a deep understanding of industries and applications.

The Invensys Production Management businesses work closely with customers in order to drive up performance of production assets, maximize the return on investments in production technologies and remove cost and cash from the whole supply chain. The division includes APV, Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware. These businesses address process and batch industries -- including the oil, gas and chemicals, food, beverage and personal healthcare -- and the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.

Invensys Energy Management works with clients involved in the supply, measurement and consumption of energy and water, to reduce costs and waste and improve the efficiency, reliability and security of power supply. The division includes Energy Management Solutions, Appliance Controls, Climate Controls, Global Services, Metering Systems, Powerware and Home Control Systems. These businesses focus on markets connected with power and energy infrastructure for industrial, commercial and residential buildings.

The company also serves the specialized rail, wind-power and electronic manufacturing (power components) markets through Invensys Rail Systems, Hansen Transmissions and Lambda, respectively, in its Development Division.

Invensys operates in more than 80 countries, with its headquarters in London. For more information, visit www.invensys.com.
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