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Opto 22's SNAP-M2M Garners Editors' Choice Award

Wireless Connectivity to External Assets Earns Company Third Consecutive Control Engineering Award

Temecula, CA — January 21, 2003 — Opto 22, a manufacturer and developer of hardware and software for industrial automation, remote monitoring, and enterprise data acquisition applications, announced that its SNAP M2M system, developed with partner Nokia, has been selected as a recipient of Control Engineering magazine’s 15th annual Editors’ Choice award honoring the most outstanding products for 2002.

Each year, the editors of Control Engineering review several thousand new product releases, the best of which are featured in Control Engineering and Control Engineering Online. At the end of the year, these products are judged on criteria such as technological achievement, service to the industry, and market impact before being narrowed down to 35 award winners. This year, SNAP-M2M was one of four winners recognized in the “Embedded Control” category.

The SNAP-M2M system, developed jointly by Opto 22 and Nokia, creates a method for business’ to connect to, monitor, control, and gather real-time operational data from their essential operational equipment and systems. SNAP-M2M provides everything needed—physical connections, mobile connectivity, and carrier services—to attach to and communicate with these legacy systems over wireless GSM/GPRS-based networks, thus facilitating a broad range of enterprise activities involving remote equipment monitoring, diagnostics, control and data acquisition. These activities, in turn, can positively impact supply chain execution, energy management, regulatory compliance, and other real-time business initiatives.

One company that is realizing these types of benefits is BioLab, Inc. The Georgia-based distributor of water treatment products has installed SNAP-M2M systems to remotely monitor and automate water treatment equipment at recreational water facilities throughout the US. As a result, owners and maintenance personnel for commercial pools, water parks, and the like are now able to evaluate water conditions in real time and remotely control their water treatment devices and systems so they deliver the correct range of chemicals.

The selection of SNAP-M2M for the Editors’ Choice Award marks the third year in a row that Control Engineering has recognized Opto 22. The company has previously been honored for its SNAP Ethernet I/OÔ, SNAP Wireless LAN I/OÔ, and SNAP Ultimate I/OÔ. “This award is a result of our collaboration with Nokia and the cooperative and innovative work of our engineering and product development teams, said Mark Engman, Opto 22 vice president of engineering. “We are pleased and proud to receive this distinction for our efforts to provide customers with enhanced, low-cost connectivity to their extended enterprise.”

About Opto 22
Opto 22 manufactures and develops hardware and software products for applications in industrial automation, remote monitoring, and enterprise data acquisition. Using standard, commercially available Internet, networking, and computer technologies, Opto 22’s input/output and control systems allow customers to monitor, control, and acquire data from all of the mechanical, electrical, and electronic assets that are key to their business operations. Opto 22's products and services support automation end users, OEMs, and information technology and operations personnel. Founded in 1974 and with over 65 million Opto 22-connected devices deployed worldwide, the company has an established reputation for quality and reliability.

Opto 22 products are sold through a worldwide network of distributors, partners, and system integrators. For more information, contact Opto 22 headquarters at 800-321-OPTO or visit our Web site at www.opto22.com.

About Control Engineering
Control Engineering magazine is the voice of the global control, instrumentation, and automation marketplace, providing more total information on technology, products, news, and trends in print and online, than any other source.
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