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Augusta Systems Releases GridMonitor

November 15, 2007

The network appliance combines Augusta Systems' SensorPort with OSIsoft's ECHO and an ECHO-to-PI interface to enable data from remote locations to reach OSIsoft PI Systems.


MORGANTOWN, WV /PRNewswire/ -- Augusta Systems Inc., a provider of intelligent enterprise network technologies, announced the release of GridMonitor, a network appliance that supports integration of data from edge assets—including sensors, actuators, wireless sensor networks, RFID systems, imagery devices, and other edge assets—into the OSIsoft PI System, the "industry standard in enterprise historians."

Combining the power of Augusta Systems and ECHO—the Embedded Component Historian Object from OSIsoft for creating embedded data archives—GridMonitor supports enhanced remote integration, processing, storage, and distribution of edge-asset data for PI System users. As a result, PI System users can expand the reach of the PI System to include data from edge assets at remote locations. A global base of more than 11,000 installations across manufacturing, energy, utilities, life sciences, and other process industries relies on the OSIsoft PI System to safeguard data and deliver enterprisewide visibility into operational health to manage assets, mitigate risks, and identify new market opportunities.

"GridMonitor is another innovative technology solution that will be incorporated into our grid modernization efforts," said Dave Flitman, President of Allegheny Power. "The system will enable real-time data collection from our distribution network that will improve customer service."

GridMonitor combines Augusta Systems SensorPort with OSIsoft ECHO and an ECHO-to-PI interface as embedded software. SensorPort is a reconfigurable network appliance for distributed, intelligent processing at the edge of the network. SensorPort can be integrated into wired and wireless networks—including Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi mesh, WiMax, CDMA, and EV-DO—to provide field-level device integration, processing, correlation, and communications capabilities. ECHO enabled Augusta Systems to add a scalable, robust, high-performance, real-time data archival capability to the appliance. ECHO is designed for ease of integration, scalability, performance, connectivity, and functionality with the PI System.

With the combined features of SensorPort and ECHO, GridMonitor also enables remote monitoring at sites that lack constant or consistent communications with enterprise networks that feature the PI System. In the event of communication interruption, remote data is stored and then automatically distributed from GridMonitor to the enterprise-level PI System when communication is restored.

"Grid Monitor enhances the power of the OSIsoft PI System, enabling enterprises to easily integrate edge-asset data from remote sites into the enterprise network," said Patrick Esposito, President and Chief Operating Officer of Augusta Systems. "With GridMonitor, an enterprise is assured easy and constant integration of data from remote sites into their PI System. This enables enterprises using the PI System to derive the greatest benefit from their sensors, actuators, wireless sensor networks, and other edge-of-network systems and devices."

About GridMonitor
GridMonitor is a network appliance that supports integration of data from sensors, actuators, wireless sensor networks, RFID systems, imagery devices, and other edge assets into OSIsoft's PI System, the "industry standard in enterprise historians."

GridMonitor pricing is available upon request for enterprises and the system integrators who serve them. Substantial discounts are available for multi-user and original equipment manufacturer purchases of GridMonitor. Augusta Systems can also provide customized integration services to support the needs of enterprises and system integrators using GridMonitor.

About Augusta Systems
Augusta Systems Inc. powers intelligent enterprise networks. Augusta Systems products enable collaboration and communication between enterprise networks and edge assets—sensors, actuators, wireless sensor networks, RFID systems, imagery devices, and other edge-of-network systems and devices—which have existed beyond the reach of these networks. With platforms for building and managing solutions featuring data from edge assets, Augusta Systems provides simplified data integration, processing, correlation, and communication capabilities for Network 2.0-enabled enterprises.

Augusta Systems technologies and integration services—including core products SensorBridge, EdgeFrontier, and SensorPort—support security, monitoring, automation, asset tracking, and other enterprise applications. Through key partnerships, Augusta Systems also offers integrated monitoring and control products, including ThreatViewer and GridMonitor. These technologies reduce the total cost of ownership for intelligent enterprise networks and maximize return on investment for enterprise networks and edge assets.

About OSIsoft
OSIsoft Inc. delivers the PI System, the "industry standard in enterprise historians," as the core of its real-time infrastructure platform. A global base of more than 11,000 installations across manufacturing, energy, utilities, life sciences, and other process industries relies upon the OSIsoft PI System to safeguard data and deliver enterprisewide visibility into operational health to manage assets, mitigate risks, and identify new market opportunities. Founded in 1980, OSIsoft Inc. is headquartered in San Leandro, CA, with operations worldwide, and is privately held.


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