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LonUsers France introduces the second issue of its magazine “LonMag”. The publication date will be end of May 2003.  For more information visit

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Silent Witness Releases Dome Camera with 5- 50mm Lens

Surrey, BC: - Silent Witness announces that it has released the PrimaViewT C16 large dome camera which sees further than ever before with its 5 - 50mm vari-focal auto-iris lens. The lens is housed in a weather-sealed polycarbonate dome and enclosure (7.5" diameter and 5.3" height), which conveniently converts to a flush or surface mount. It withstands the impact of an 8-pound sledgehammer, comes with a wide range of camera boards including ExView HADT and works perfectly for school, mall, airport, freeway, stadium, parking lot, perimeter and prison applications where a longer field of view is required.

Pragmatic Communications Releases DomeCam(tm)
Wireless, Low light, high definition Camera in a compact size! 

(Santa Clara, CA) - The DomeCam(tm), another Pragmatic's innovative camera in its series of home surveillance equipment, is a high resolution black and white camera, with a built-in twisted pair video transmitter. The video and power is supplied through Category 5 wire. Pragmatic is shipping the product now.

Circon Systems Announces LonWorks® Network Integration Software

Richmond, BC, Canada - Circon Systems Corporation, a solutions partner and manufacturer of integrated facility automation systems, announced the availability of Network Integrator 3 network integration software. Using Network Integrator 3, system integrators can create, commission, and maintain open, interoperable, multi-vendor facility automation systems. Network Integrator delivers the power to implement advanced, peer-to-peer LonWorks networks while being an economical leave behind tool for network maintenance and operations.

Perspective CMMS Announce Free Professional Consultancy with their New, Online Audit Service Perspective

CMMS, the Scotland, UK based independent CMMS consultancy, announced that it was changing its innovative "audit by email" to a free, online service. This CMMS software requirements audit has been used effectively worldwide since its introduction a year ago. It is designed to assist facilities, plant and maintenance managers who are looking for CMMS software.

You can get more details by email from or by visiting the website at 

distech The Security Report

May 14th The Security Report Summit in New York City. We are looking for security industry companies to join us. If you're interested in getting involved please let me know.  The biometrics issue of The Security Report was released this week. You can subscribe here:

For complete details on the event visit 

Ethernet Module Makes Drive Alert To Operator Easy As An E-mail 
(Full Array of Protocols Supported Via the New Module) 

NEW BERLIN, Wis.- Receiving an e-mail alert from your motor drive system is now possible, thanks to a new intelligent Ethernet module from ABB, which connects drives to the Internet. Called NETA-01, the Ethernet module works with any ABB drive that provides a fibre optic link, communicating via a standard web browser. Or, operators can check quickly the performance of any given drive/motor. The module gives simple, real-time access, and users can set up a virtual monitoring room wherever there is a PC with an Internet connection. This enables remote monitoring, configuration, and diagnostics; and, when needed, control. Via the link, the drive also can provide process-related information, such as load level, run time, energy consumption and I/O data (such as bearing temperature of the driven machine, for example).

Loop Performance Monitor Mines Knowledge From Your Historian

ExperTune's PlantTriage now will monitor the performance of your control loops directly from your plant Historian. PlantTriage's new OPC HDA makes this possible. Interfaces to these historians: OSI PI Historian; Honeywell PHD; AspenTech InfoPlus.21; Invensys AIM*Historian; Any historian supporting OPC HDA.

HDA stands for Historical Data Access and is a new standard from the OPC Foundation.

contemporary OPC Foundation Posts Its OPC DX Specification

OPC DX (Data Exchange) Specification version 1.00, which streamlines peer-to-peer communications among intelligent devices, has been posted on the Foundation's Website.  This specification, which has been in development since September 2001, combines OPC client and server functions that had been previously been separate. It enables device-level, peer-to-peer communication between devices and systems that support OPC.

ARC Senior Analyst Harry Forbes says, "because this technology can be deployed in low-cost device servers, it can rapidly be applied to the installed base of automation devices rather than having to wait for upgrades to existing automation systems."

The specification is available to anyone. Members of the OPC foundation can also download development components. The specification URL is:

Version 3.5 of FieldCentrix Enterprise Software Offers Same Smart Mobile Client Application Functionality Across All Platforms

Irvine, Calif. - FieldCentrix® Inc. announced version 3.5 of its FieldCentrix Enterprise software suite. With this release, FieldCentrix has ported its full FX Mobile® application to the Microsoft Pocket PC platform, and becomes the first and only field service vendor to provide identical smart mobile client software functionality across all supported hardware and wireless platforms. The product was introduced in New Orleans at a joint Microsoft and FieldCentrix executive briefing held during CTIA, the largest wireless show in the world. With version 3.5, service technicians using PDAs running Pocket PC have access to the same feature- and data-rich mobile application as technicians using handheld PCs, laptops, or desktop computers.

SCM Gains EMVCo Certification of PCMCIA Reader

Fremont, Calif. – SCM Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCMM, Prime Standard: SMY), a leading provider of solutions that open the Digital World, announced it has received notification from EMVCo that its SCR241 PCMCIA smart card reader has successfully passed all EMVCo level one tests. The notification marks the first time that EMVCo has awarded any company a level one certification for a PCMCIA reader.

ASHRAE BACnet Standards Public Review Periods Nearing End 

The second public review period for BSR/ASHRAE Addendum a to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2001, BACnet--A Data Communication Protocol for Building and Automation Control Networks, along with the first public review period for BSR/ASHRAE Standard 32.1-1997R, Methods of Testing for Rating Vending Machines for Bottled, Canned and Other Sealed Beverages, and BSR/ASHRAE Standard 158.1P, Methods of Testing Capacity of Refrigerant Solenoid Valves ends April 7. Public review draft standards are available online.

contemporary SimplexGrinnell Annual Security Advisory Council Will Examine the Role of the Security Systems Integrator

HOUSTON, Texas and WESTMINSTER, Massachusetts - SimplexGrinnell, North America's leading integrated life-safety systems provider, announced that its annual Security Advisory Council Summit will be held April 15 and 16 in Phoenix, Arizona.

This marks the third consecutive year that SimplexGrinnell has gathered leading security industry professionals together for an in-depth analysis of current trends and issues affecting security customers and the delivery of integrated security. A select group of industry leaders, consultants and security directors from Fortune 500 companies has been invited to this year's event, where they will engage in two days of discussions with SimplexGrinnell executives and integrated security experts.

New Brochure from Eagle Technology Introduces Interoperable ProTeus III CMMS

MEQUON, WI - Eagle Technology, Inc. announces the v. 9.0 release of its ProTeus III Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) in a new color brochure.

The ProTeus III brochure includes information on its one-of-a-kind ability to support interfaces to a variety of Building Automation Systems, including those from Johnson Controls®, Tridium®, Invensys®, Staefa®, Honeywell® and Carrier®. These interfaces allow automatic activation of work orders based on real time control parameters, such as alarms, alerts and equipment runtimes.

Power Measurement Wins Plant Services "Product of the Year" Award for ION Enterprise (TM) Energy Management software

VICTORIA, BC  - Power Measurement today announced that Plant Services/MRO Marketplace magazine has awarded the company a bronze "Product of the Year" award for its web-enabled ION Enterprise(TM) 4.0 energy management software. This award is based on reader responses from the magazine's circulation of 110,000 plant professionals across the US, who rated each product based on its ability to help them in their day-to-day jobs. According to Plant Services, winners in the Product of the Year program represent the best, most innovative solutions, chosen by the people who use them the most.

Association of Energy Engineers - Globalcon 2003

Globalcon 2003 is presented by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) The Association's more than 8,000 members include energy engineering and management professionals from throughout the U.S., as well as 71 nations abroad. AEE is dedicated to providing industry information, conference and seminar programs, reference books, marketplace surveys, and professional certifications including Certified Energy Manager, Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional, Certified Energy Procurement Professional, Certified Power Quality Professional and others.  FREE Passes & Technical Program Information on web site!

Agrex to Resell Axeda DRM For Remote Monitoring and Service of Intelligent Devices

Offers System Integration Solutions for Device Relationship Management In Multiple Japanese Markets

MANSFIELD, Mass.-- Axeda Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: XEDA), the world's leading provider of device relationship management (DRM) enterprise software and services, announced that Agrex Inc., (JASDAQ: 4799), one of Japan's major information technology (IT) system solution providers, has entered into a reseller agreement to offer the Axeda DRM(TM) system as part of their comprehensive solutions offering. Agrex will sell and support the Axeda DRM System and provide related implementation, system integration, and service offerings to their customers in multiple Japanese markets including high technology equipment, medical instruments, and industrial machines.

DomesticSoft releases the PowerBus® plug-in for its OPC2net product

Atlanta, GA – DomesticSoft, Inc. announced the commercial release of a software plug-in module for its OPC2net product, which enables PowerBus hardware to communicate with any OPC compatible software. It supports both peer-to-peer and master/slave topologies of PowerBus technology version 2.0.

This new plug-in module enables all Windows-based applications to access and control PowerBus enabled devices, such as actuators, meters, and sensors, either locally or remotely via the Internet or a dial-up modem. This is particularly interesting as a broad offering of PowerBus end-user products and systems, such as switches, thermostats, gateways, appliance modules, AMR systems and commercial systems is currently available.

This new release allows users and system integrators to easily create powerful graphical user interfaces or control networking applications for PowerBus enabled systems. Furthermore, any system embedding PowerBus technology can easily be integrated into existing factory and building OPC compatible control systems.

Siemens Medical Solutions and ProSyst agree upon Partnership

ProSyst´s OSGi Plattform mBedded Server is used in Siemens Med applications

Erlangen / Cologne, Siemens Medical Solutions (Siemens Med) and ProSyst Software AG cooperate in the development of an innovative solution for the maintenance of medical devices in the area of image management systems. Siemens Med is one of the largest suppliers of healthcare equipment in the world

Low-cost Meter Measures High-voltage Performance

VICTORIA, BC  - Power Measurement, a leading provider of enterprise energy management systems, now offers a high-voltage measurement display option for its compact and affordable ION 6200(TM) meter. Ideal for electric utility applications, the new Megawatt option gives ION 6200 users the ability to measure electricity in the megawatt/kilovolt range with a versatile, revenue-accurate panel-mount meter. At just four inches wide and two inches deep, the ION 6200 is ultra-compact, but despite its small size, this intelligent meter offers a full range of measurements and communications options (including Modbus support). When equipped with the Megawatt option, the ION 6200 provides a cost-effective solution for utility-management applications such as energy-cost tracking, load profiling, and substation panel metering.

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