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Wonderware Launches New Data Access Servers For Siemens and Rockwell

Invensys' Next-Generation Communication Servers Based on ArchestrA(TM) Architecture Provide Enhanced Maintenance and Diagnostics

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Jan. 30, 2003 -- Wonderware, an operating unit of Invensys plc, today announced the release of several new and enhanced Data Access Servers (DAServers) supporting Siemens and Rockwell. DAServers are Wonderware's next-generation I/O servers built on ArchestrA(TM) technology and offer enhanced communication diagnostics and performance.

Each DAServer is designed to provide connectivity between client applications based on Wonderware's SuiteLink(TM), OPC and DDE protocols running on Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000 and XP operating systems and data devices supported by the specific protocol being translated.

Wonderware's DAServers also come with a new user interface called the DAServer Manager, which is installed as a Microsoft Management Console snap-in, as well as an ArchestrA System Management Console plug-in that supports Wonderware's IndustrialSQL Server(TM) historian and the Industrial Application Server. Its end-user benefits include simple remote server activation, configuration and operation, and extensive protocol diagnostic troubleshooting.

Several standard features are available with each DAServer, including:

-- Compliance with OPC version 2.05
-- Stand-alone operation mode -- Support for hot configuration, device additions and device- and server-specific parameter modifications
-- Non-English installations for supported Microsoft operating systems, including German, Japanese, French and Chinese

The newest DAServer products include the Siemens Simatic Net S7 Data Access Server and Allen-Bradley Data Highway Plus Data Access Server.

The Simatic Net S7 DAServer features include:

-- Connectivity to S7 PLCs via Simatic Net.
-- Support for Siemens (CP5411, CP5511, CP5412-A2, CP5613, CP1413,
CP1411, CP1511) interface cards and standard commercial TCP/IP network interface cards.

The Allen-Bradley DHPLUS DAServer features include:

-- Connectivity over Data Highway Plus, Data Highway, DH485 protocols to PLC 5 and SLC-500 PLCs.
-- Support for AB (1784 PKT, 1784 PKT D) and SST (5136SD, 5136 SD PCI) interface cards.

A wide range of DAServers are available that support connectivity to a wide variety of protocols and products. The current offering of DAServers also includes support for Allen-Bradley CIP protocol for ControlLogix and Allen-Bradley TCP protocol. Many new DAServers are in development and will be introduced over the next year.

DAServers can operate with many current FactorySuite(R) 2000 client components, as well as with FactorySuite A2(TM) (squared) product offerings when used in conjunction with their associated device integration objects. The "A2" signifies the ArchestrA product family.

Invensys' new ArchestrA technology platform 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.

Subscribers to Wonderware's comprehensive support service can access this product now at www.wonderware.com/support/mmi/esupport/downloads/esdownload.asp. The newly introduced DAServers will be included in the next re-mastering of the I/O Servers with the Device Integration Products CD-ROM currently scheduled for release this summer as part of Comprehensive Support CY2003.

About Wonderware

Wonderware is an operating unit of the Production Management Division 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 operating system in human machine-interface (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 completed more than 180,000 successful installations in more than 30,000 plants worldwide. 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, Baan, 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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