Wonderware Selects Kepware as Endorsed Partner for Expanding Device Communications Offerings

July 16th, 2008

Portland, ME - Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announced today that it was selected as the primary provider to extend device communications options for Wonderware's System Platform 3.0 product beyond Wonderware's own line of device communications servers.

Wonderware's System Platform, built on the industry standards-based ArchestrA® software architecture, gives customers one common strategic platform for all of their networked HMI, SCADA, MES, EMI and business connectivity solutions. The partnership with Kepware enables the Wonderware System Platform offering to connect to thousands of additional devices through the over 130 protocols that KEPServerEX currently supports. Kepware will create a private branded version of KEPServerEX to be sold and supported as a 'Kepware for Wonderware' product.

In addition to sourcing product from Kepware, Wonderware has selected Kepware as an Endorsed Partner as part of the Wonderware Innovation Partner ecosystem." - This designation highlights Kepware as a preferred solution through technical and marketing collaboration between Kepware and Wonderware. The Kepware products for Wonderware will be sold and supported through Wonderware channels. In addition, Wonderware will leverage technical support from Software Toolbox, a long time Wonderware and Kepware partner, in order to deliver the highest quality and value of support to Wonderware customers.

"Wonderware is a world leader in automation and information software and we are extremely honored to have been chosen for such a critical relationship," says Roy Kok, - Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Kepware. "Kepware products have long been used by both Wonderware channels and customers. Kepware will be working closely with Wonderware to develop a seamless integration to maximize ease of use and deployment of the combined solution."

"We spent a great deal of time evaluating Kepware and its products," explains Tim Sowell, Vice President of Solution and Partner Strategy at Wonderware. "There is no other company that we found that had the depth, breadth and reputation of Kepware in the automation communications space. Our relationship with Kepware, combined with the Wonderware software platform and support offerings, should deliver the best possible automation communications and user experience for our customers."

"Wonderware and Kepware both stand out as leaders in the industry and this relationship enables them to focus more of their energies delivering value to their customers in what they do best," says Craig Resnick, Senior Analyst for ARC Advisory Group. "Device communications has been one of the most persistent problems in manufacturing automation and this is clearly better for their customers because it can enable less diversity and more support options. This sort of focus is especially important for helping customers evolve to OPC-UA, as well as keep up with other technologies."

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About Kepware

Kepware is the world leader in communication software for automation and offers a unique experience in both OPC and embedded device communications. Since 1995, Kepware has focused on the development of communication drivers to automation controllers, I/O and field devices. Applications include M2M (Machine to Machine) and M2C (Machine to Computer) communications. Operating system support includes; Microsoft Windows Desktop, Windows Server and Windows Embedded (Windows CE and Windows Embedded NT/XP). Today, with over 130 communication protocols, and through the efforts of our direct sales, distribution and embedded partners, Kepware is the leading provider of communications with annual shipments exceeding 100,000 units. Kepware's responsiveness to customer needs and strong partnerships with other leading automation suppliers ensures that your next application will be a success. Ask around and you'll hear why automation professionals everywhere consider Kepware Technologies "Automation's Best Friend". www.kepware.com

Kepware Media Contact:
Roy Kok
VP of Marketing and Sales
207-775-1660 x253

Wonderware Media Contacts:
Kari Garcia
Comm Strategies for Wonderware
(949) 459-9696, ext. 244

Thomas Muth
Director of Partner Programs

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