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Widespread Customer Adoption Continues for Invensys' ArchestrA Technology Via Products, Projects and Partners

October 222003
32 Leading Global Companies Implementing Projects Built on ArchestrA Technology; Invensys Demonstrates ArchestrA Technology in Microsoft and OPC Booths at ISA 2003

ISA TRADE SHOW, HOUSTON, Oct. 21, 2003 -- Invensys announced today that customers continue to adopt ArchestrA technology with new Wonderware products, Invensys projects and third-party partners.

Wonderware has been shipping the Industrial Application Server, which is built on ArchestrA technology, for nine months. To date, 32 leading global companies across a broad range of industries including oil and gas, food and beverage, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, paper, automotive, steel, electronics and utilities are implementing it. Recent orders include 3M, SAB/Miller and Jim Beam Brands as well as two embedded OEMs. These diverse customer project applications include remote SCADA operations, plant-wide supervisory control, plant intelligence, regulatory compliance, production management and enterprise collaboration. In addition, Wonderware has shipped more than 2,500 copies of FactorySuite A2 ("A-squared") software featuring the ArchestrA integrated development environment to customers as part of its comprehensive software support agreements. The "A-squared" indicates the presence of ArchestrA technology.

More than 120 third-party systems and plant networks are now classified as "ArchestrA Ready," allowing a wide range of existing plant data sources to plug into ArchestrA applications. A total of nine Invensys and third-party systems offer even higher levels of ArchestrA integration. These include offerings that are "Integrated with ArchestrA" for advanced communications and diagnostics, and offerings "Built on ArchestrA" for instant integration of the most common industrial application functions such as plant modeling, configuration, alarming, historization, scripting and IT integration using Microsoft(R) .NET technology.

Invensys also offers a Certified ArchestrA Systems Integrator Program for FactorySuite A2 products. Through this program, hundreds of systems integrators have been trained on the latest FactorySuite A2 products that are built on ArchestrA technology. As project experience is gained, some have already passed the rigorous certification criteria. To date, Wonderware application engineers and systems integrators have contributed 28 downloadable and reusable application object templates to the ArchestrA Application Object Warehouse to facilitate rapid application assembly and re-use. For a complete listing of shareware software objects, products, programs and user forums that support the ArchestrA community of interest, please visit www.archestra.biz.

"We are making great strides in achieving widespread adoption of the ArchestrA software architecture," said Mark Davidson, vice president of marketing for Invensys' Wonderware and ArchestrA business units. "We are very pleased with how quickly the diverse industries are implementing and deriving significant productivity benefits from products that utilize ArchestrA technology. Within the last six weeks alone, approximately 3,000 people have experienced ArchestrA technology with FactorySuite A2 products using our online ArchestrA Technology Test Drive."

The ArchestrA Technology Test Drive can be accessed via www.invensys.com/archestra.

ArchestrA development tools and software technology are openly available to third-party systems integrators and OEMs to help make them more competitive and encapsulate their unique domain knowledge and value add. Third-party platform providers that are working with Invensys on ArchestrA technology include Standard Automation and Control LP of Houston and Stratus Technologies of Maynard, Mass.

Invensys continues to work closely with Microsoft Corp. to ensure that customer applications built on the ArchestrA software architecture meet the mission-critical needs of industry while evolving effectively as the Microsoft Windows(R) Server System and Microsoft .NET technologies evolve. Microsoft and Invensys recently formed an alliance in which, among other things, they will work together to market and sell Invensys products and solutions that use ArchestrA technology.

"Invensys is committed to implementing the full range of Microsoft technologies, and the ArchestrA architecture continues to be the most comprehensive industrial automation and information software architecture for the delivery of solutions across discrete, process, hybrid, building and SCADA applications," Davidson said.

The ArchestrA architecture was designed from the outset to extend the life of legacy systems by leveraging the latest software technologies like Microsoft .NET. Offerings built on this architecture empower decision-makers to achieve their business goals without abandoning prior investments in automation systems, production processes or intellectual property. ArchestrA technology allows software applications to be rapidly assembled rather than programmed. New applications also can be created simply through the reassembly of existing applications.

For more information about ArchestrA technology, speak with an Invensys representative at Microsoft Booth #1631 or the OPC Booth #1623 at the ISA Expo in Houston Oct. 21 to 23. Or, visit www.invensys.com/archestra or www.archestra.biz.

For more information on Standard Automation and Control, visit www.stdauto.com. Additional information on Stratus Technologies can be found at www.stratus.com. For more information on Microsoft, visit www.microsoft.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 850 million pounds (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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