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Invensys’ Hesh Kagan to Serve Second Term as President of Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance

February 242006
FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS, USA – February 24, 2006 – The Board of Directors of the Wireless Industrial Networking Association (WINA) has elected Harris (Hesh) Kagan to serve a second term as WINA board president. Kagan is technology marketing director at Foxboro, Mass.-based Invensys Process Systems. He has worked in the automation and controls industry for more than 25 years. He headed Foxboro’s systems engineering group for a number of years and was part of the original team that developed the ground-breaking, standards-based I/A Series automation system. Kagan currently directs the wireless strategy across Invensys and is the architect of the company’s unique managed wireless network approach, announced at the ISA 2005 EXPO in Chicago.

“This is a particularly exciting time to serve in a leadership role at WINA,” commented Kagan. “Recent wireless standardization activities have been significant and have helped move wireless technology from a ‘wild west-like’ environment, to one that is both more civilized and more manageable for the end users who stand to gain so much from wireless technology, as well as the vendors who are providing wireless products and associated services. These activities include the formation of the ISA SP100 wireless interoperability initiative, accelerated vendor activity in low-power wireless radio devices for sensor mesh networks developed in accordance with the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, and WINA’s own successful educational webinar series.”

WINA (www.wina.org) is a coalition of companies, industry organizations, technology suppliers, software developers, systems integrators, and others interested in accelerating the adoption of wireless solutions for industry.

In addition to Kagan’s involvement with WINA, Invensys executives serve in leadership roles for many other important industry standardization initiatives. These include ISA S95, ISA S99, ISA S84, MIMOSA, OAGiS, OPC Foundation, OMAC, Fieldbus Foundatioin, Profibus Trade Organization, and the FDT Group. Invensys also supports a number of other important standards efforts through active membership. These include the HART Communications Foundation, World Batch Forum, and the ISA SP100 wireless interoperability initiative.

About Invensys Process Systems
Invensys Process Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions that enable today’s industrial process plants to monitor, manage, and improve the performance of their manufacturing assets. In addition to its rapidly expanding Global Solutions group, Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Avantis, Foxboro, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex, and Wonderware, whose products are installed at more than 100,000 sites across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world’s largest upstream projects, refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, and pulp and paper mills.

The Invensys Group (www.invensys.com) is made up of five businesses: Process Systems, APV, Eurotherm, Rail Systems and Controls. The Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with approximately 30,000 employees working in 60 countries.
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