Industrial Networking

STX Europe Sets Sail with Sixnet Industrial Connectivity

April 28, 2010

Autic Systems equips Norwegian ships with Sixnet automation and switch products.

BALLSTON LAKE, NY --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sixnet, a global market leader of machine-to-machine (M2M) networking solutions for industrial and commercial markets, announced that Autic Systems AS, a distributor of industrial automation systems in Norway, is equipping STX Europe (formerly Aker Yards Electro) ships with marine-certified industrial connectivity from Sixnet.

As a global shipbuilder focused on ships and offshore vessels, STX requires rugged, easy-to-implement equipment designed to withstand harsh marine environments. Sixnet's industrial RTUs, I/O modules and switches allow STX to reliably support a wide range of inputs and outputs over a redundant high-speed ring network. The flexibility and durability of Sixnet's automation and switch products enable STX to deliver high-quality integrated automation and power management systems to ship owners.

"Our clients demand reliable and flexible solutions capable of performing regardless of environmental conditions or location," said Petter Kvalberg, managing director at Autic Systems. "By partnering with Sixnet to deliver rugged solutions, we have been meeting STX's marine requirements effectively since 2006."

Sixnet products are independently tested and certified to ABS marine and maritime standards. Sixnet has also verified its offerings against DNV No. 2.4 and Lloyds to meet stringent marine requirements, including extended temperature ranges, humidity, vibration, emissions, high voltage and power supply variations.

"Sixnet's marine-certified industrial solutions are ideal for harsh environments such as those faced by the Norwegian shipbuilding industry," said Marita Heath, director of automation solutions at Sixnet. "This project exemplifies how the flexibility and scalability of our products makes Sixnet solutions suitable for the most rugged and complex environments."

About STX Europe
STX Europe is an international shipbuilding group which aims to be the leading builder of cruise and offshore vessels. The group has a strong position in terms of developing state-of-the-art concepts, technology, processes and products for customers around the world. STX Europe AS comprises 15 shipyards in Finland, France, Norway, Romania, Brazil and Vietnam. STX Europe has approximately 16,000 employees. STX Europe's principal shareholder, the international industrial group STX, has approximately 46,000 employees, and aims to be a global top player in its core areas: shipping and trade, shipbuilding and machineries, plant and construction, and energy.

About Autic Sytems
Autic Systems AS is a leading supplier of hardware and software to the Norwegian automation market. The company represents world-class organizations such as Sixnet and Schneider Electric and serves markets including marine and offshore, water and wastewater and building automation.

About Sixnet
For more than three decades, Sixnet has been providing leading industrial and commercial machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity to customers and markets worldwide. Sixnet's flexible solutions enable organizations to cost-effectively increase business productivity. By integrating powerful enterprise-class networking with rugged reliability, Sixnet meets the standards of the most demanding industrial and commercial applications in industries such as power & energy, banking & retail, transportation, video & security, utilities, military, mobile data, maritime and more. Based in Ballston Lake, NY, the company has offices across North America, Asia and Europe.

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