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Wonderware signs Echelon and ConneXSoft as endorsed partners

March 9, 2009 - Wonderware added Echelon and ConneXSoft to the Wonderware Innovation Partner Network. This expansion reflects a significant commitment by Wonderware to develop more open and integrated solutions for facility and energy conservation management applications.

With the selection of Echelon Corp. and ConneXSoft as new Endorsed Software and Hardware Partners, Wonderware will work closely with these companies to develop new, cooperative energy and facility conservation solutions that are easy to use, engineer, install and maintain. In addition, each partner will participate in new business development and joint marketing activities worldwide.

"By working with industry leaders such as Echelon and ConneXSoft, Wonderware customers will benefit from significant cost savings through new levels of innovation, service and support," said Rashesh Mody, Wonderware vice president of global product management. "These partnerships will offer more open choices for customers who are looking to quickly address the need for energy efficiency and cohesive management at their facilities by linking into their existing building automation systems and equipment."

Wonderware and Echelon solutions have been used together extensively worldwide for facility and energy management. This partnership enables the two companies to continue to work closely together on technical integration of their key technologies, including Echelon's i.LON, SmartServer and Wonderware System Platform software - built on open industry standards-based ArchestrA technology. The i.LON SmartServer enables Wonderware customers to control, monitor and manage virtually any electronic device in a LonWorks network, and offers energy-saving benefits for many industry segments, including retail stores, quick-service restaurants and monitored street lighting systems. Wonderware System Platform software provides a single, unified platform for the SCADA, supervisory HMI, MES and EMI software solutions needs of industrial automation and information personnel.

"We're excited to join Wonderware and ConneXSoft in bringing easy-to-use energy and facility management systems to the market," said Anders Axelsson, Echelon's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "There are a tremendous number of existing buildings of all types that lack both visibility into their energy use and, most certainly, managed energy saving capabilities. Working together, our intent is to reduce energy waste in this important segment that consumes the majority of the electricity that is generated worldwide."

ConneXSoft's specialty in connectivity for facilities management applications enables Wonderware customers to integrate data acquisition servers, objects and engineering tools with industry-leading Wonderware HMI and SCADA systems. Working in conjunction with Wonderware software, ConneXSoft products help customers decrease development time, cost and project risk by providing BACnet and LonWorks connectivity with a new class of industry-specific application generators, application objects and tools.

The specific endorsed software applications include the ConneXSoft CXSiLink integration package for the Echelon i.LON SmartServer, the communication Data Access Server and related application objects. They are designed to be integrated into Wonderware Facilities Management software solutions. Also included is the ConneXSoft CXS BACnet Integration Package, which includes the BACnet Data Access Server and BACnet Application Generator. The BACnet server and generator enable customers to integrate the building automation communication standard, BACnet, into the Wonderware Facilities Management software applications.

"We will deliver reliable communications combined with a new class of productivity tools to integrate Wonderware software solutions and Echelon's i.Lon SmartServer technology," said Michael Haedrich, managing director of research and development at ConneXSoft. "We are confident Wonderware is the right partner to deliver our technology to the industry," said Dr. Walter Immler, managing director of operations at ConneXSoft. "This technology will enable the industry to quickly and easily build and control very complex building automation and energy management projects."

About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) is leading the worldwide transformation of the electricity grid into a smart, communicating energy network, connecting utilities to their customers, and providing customers with energy aware homes and businesses that react to conditions on the grid.

Echelon's NES System - the backbone for the smart grid - is used by utilities to replace existing stand-alone electricity meters with a network infrastructure that is open, inexpensive, reliable, and proven. The NES System helps utilities compete more effectively, reduce operating costs, provide expanded services and help energy users manage and reduce overall energy use. Echelon's LonWorks Infrastructure products extend the smart grid, powering tens of millions of energy aware, everyday devices made by thousands of companies - connecting them to each other and the grid. LonWorks based products work together to monitor and save energy; lower costs; improve productivity; and enhance service, quality, safety, and convenience in utility, municipal, building, industrial, transportation, and home area networks.

About ConneXSoft
ConneXSoft is a company specializing in connectivity for Industrial Automation with focus on the facilities and energy management markets. ConneXSoft provides data acquisition servers, objects and engineering tools for native integration into HMI/SCADA systems to enable vertical solutions. ConneXSoft products help to decrease development time, cost and project risk by providing network connectivity and a new class of industry specific application generators, application objects and tools. Based in Munich, Germany, ConneXSoft products address a wide range of facility and energy management applications that significantly optimize the application development process. Its team serves and supports automation vendors, their worldwide channels and customers in application projects for improved efficiency and productivity.
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