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Wireless solutions delivered to process industries

09 August 2008

Invensys Process Systems (IPS) has become part of the Motorola’s PartnerSelect Program and will now offer Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility solutions, as well as wireless broadband and other technologies within its own Industrial Wireless Solutions portfolio, to help integrate and improve process manufacturing systems for its industrial clients.

“This partnership is another step in our mission to advance and improve our clients’ business performance by providing services and solutions that address their unique industry challenges,” said Paulett Eberhart, President and Chief Executive Officer of IPS. “Our combined suite of wireless solutions will enable our clients to converge — in real time — their plant operations and enterprise performance, allowing them to make better, more informed business decisions for the benefit of their customers. We look forward to leveraging all our services and solutions to help our clients achieve their long-term business goals.”

IPS serves clients in the chemical, oil and gas, energy and utilities, pharmaceutical, and pulp and paper markets. IPS will provide an enterprise WLAN portfolio including WiFi access points with Haz-location Class 1, Div 2 and ATEX Zone 2 certification, WLAN switches and Wireless Intrusion Protection System; The MOTOwi4 wireless portfolio, which includes Canopy, WiMAX, Mesh Solutions and backhaul and Motorola’s RF Management Suite for network management.

According to Harry Forbes, a Senior Analyst with Boston-based ARC Advisory Group, a top industry analyst firm, wireless for process manufacturing will become a more-than-$1 billion business during the next five years, driven by the increasing use of global standards and by partnerships like this between IPS and Motorola that simplify the wireless value chain for process manufacturers.

“These two companies are recognized for their process management expertise and provide a vast range of wireless technologies,” Forbes said. “If they can execute their partnership well, it paves the road to a secure wireless enterprise for process manufacturers.”

“Any client application requiring remote access from a handheld device will benefit from Motorola’s proven technology, and as a certified Motorola partner, we are now capable of building complete, customizable and scalable solutions that provide real-time visibility into the entire enterprise,” said Hesh Kagan, Managing Consultant for IPS Wireless Programs.

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