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Wonderware's Latest InTouch HMI Software Offers Engineering Improvements & Eases Migration

September 212005
LAKE FOREST, Calif., Sept. 21, 2005 - Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems, Inc., today announced the release of a new version of its award-winning InTouch human-machine interface (HMI) software along with commercial and support incentives to ease the cost and process of migration. Version 9.5 of InTouch software includes several new features that enable an increase in both operational capabilities and engineering productivity.

New operational capabilities in InTouch 9.5 software support intelligent alarm techniques, dynamic operator guidance, runtime language switching and virtually unlimited scalability to easily handle the smallest to the largest of applications. New engineering productivity capabilities significantly decrease the cost and time associated with the creation, modification, deployment and maintenance of applications. Users will benefit from enhancements to SmartSymbol change propagation, pan-and-zoom capabilities in development and one-click I/O backup configuration.

As part of this product upgrade launch, Wonderware and some of its business associates also are offering technical and commercial assistance as an incentive for customers to upgrade older systems. The InTouch 9.5 upgrade offer, in addition to standard upgrade discounts of up to 50 percent on InTouch 9.5 software, includes:

  • Special discount pricing on Dell hardware and Microsoft operating systems from Dell Inc.
  • Special pricing and upgrade options on Wonderware Touch Panel computers bundled with InTouch 9.5 software
  • Free Wonderware online technical support
  • Free Web-based application migration training

    Customer applications using previous versions of InTouch software can be easily migrated to this latest software. The additional hardware, software and support incentives will help customers overcome previous hurdles to updating their systems.

    InTouch 9.5 software was built using industry standards-based ArchestrA technology. The ArchestrA architecture enables reusable, distributed application development with centralized deployment and maintenance, resulting in best-of-breed applications with lower lifecycle costs. This provides significant advantages to customers when both the Wonderware Industrial Application Server and InTouch products are used together.

    SmartSymbols integrate object-oriented technology with InTouch graphics and transform them into reusable templates. Changes made to the templates automatically propagate throughout an application -- even across multiple networked PC nodes. As a result, engineers spend less time creating, modifying, validating and re-validating HMI applications.

    "The new operational capabilities make it easier and faster for diverse groups of users to obtain and analyze vital information from their graphical applications," said Renee Brandt, product marketing manager for Wonderware's visualization products. "InTouch software has always been extremely easy to use. Yet these enhancements will make it even faster and easier for a user to create and modify applications. This translates into increased productivity and profitability for our customers."

    Wonderware's InTouch HMI enables users to visualize and control plants and facilities, and provides engineers with an easy-to-use development environment. Its extensive functionality enables users to rapidly create, test and deploy powerful applications that connect and deliver real-time information to anyone, anywhere. InTouch software is an open and extensible HMI that offers flexibility in custom application design with connectivity to the broadest set of automation and information sources in the industry. Wonderware has installed approximately 270,000 InTouch HMIs worldwide.

    Wonderware's InTouch HMI software has received several editorial, industry analyst and user awards since its introduction, including being recognized as the industry's preferred HMI for 10 consecutive years by Control magazine readers as part of its annual "Readers' Choice Awards."

    About Invensys and Its Wonderware and ArchestrA Business Units
    Visit www.wonderware.com/about_us/news/wwarchestra.asp.
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