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Online Development Selects Kepware As Communications for Their New M2M Gateway Product

August 25, 2008

Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announced today that it was selected as a strategic provider of communications for Online Development Incorporated (OLDI) and their development of a new Machine to Machine (M2M) communications Gateway for use with an Allen Bradley Control Logix controller and as a stand alone solution for use between other third party automation controllers.

Online Development Incorporated is a leading developer of add-on and private labeled modules for Allen Bradley automation solutions. Their next generation of intelligent module is targeted at enabling the Allen Bradley ControlLogix platform to communicate with other automation equipment in a high performance and reliable M2M configuration A partnership with Kepware is making this possible through the licensing of Kepware’s KEPServerEX and LinkMaster products. This new product is currently under development and will be available in the fall timeframe. This product will be available in both stand alone and PLC module configurations and will be marketed and supported by Online Development.

In addition to licensing Kepware products, Online Development has joined the “Connected with Kepware” Vendor Protocol program and has developed specialized backplane communications between an Allen Bradley ControlLogix processor and their co-processor solution to enable a reliable and high performance integration.

The stand alone configurations will enable the delivery of Gateway communication solutions, allowing M2M connectivity between thousands of different devices via over 100 communications protocols encompassing both Serial and Ethernet communications.

“Online Development is an excellent partner for Kepware, able to leverage our technologies and deliver new capabilities to a market ready and eager for improved machine to machine connectivity,” says Roy Kok, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Kepware. “We first met almost a year ago and our companies seemed a perfect match for a joint product initiative. I couldn’t imagine a better partner to kick off our embedded systems and Gateway communications initiative.”

“Kepware offers an exceptional range of communications options, second to none,” explains Ron Monday, President of Online Development Inc. “They are the industry standard in discrete manufacturing protocols and the architecture of their KEPServerEX product has enabled us to develop and test these new communications solutions knowing that we will deliver a solid and proven solution on day one. This offering will enable Rockwell Automation ControlLogix users to reliably tie their control systems to third party solutions. In the stand alone module configuration, we can support the integration of various protocols simultaneously, for example, the connectivity of data between GE Fanuc, Rockwell, Siemens, Mitsubishi, Omron and dozens of other vendor offerings.”

According to Craig Resnick, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group, “Manufacturers demand solutions focused on enhanced collaboration, whether the collaboration is between Corporate IT and manufacturing, machine to machine, or other disciplines such as engineering and operations. The combination of OLDI’s proven communication products such as xCoupler and cATM, along with Kepware’s proven standards-based communication software such as KEPServerEX and LinkMaster, will accelerate the availability of solutions that manufacturers can leverage to further collapse barriers to information and the openness of systems and applications.”

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 ensure 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

About Online Development Inc.

Online Development is a fast track developer of factory automation data appliances. Since its founding in 1989, the company has led the industry in developing the technologies needed to enable various leading brands of PLCs/PACs to communicate with field devices or other controllers on the factory floor. The technologies developed by the company provide very simple, yet highly effective, connectivity between various proprietary factory automation devices including barcode scanners, modems, printers, robots, HMIs, sensors, RFIDs, and popular factory/warehouse network systems.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Online Development is privately owned and has offices in Cleveland, Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio and Barcelona, Spain. Online Development Inc. Headquarters Address: 7209 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Main Telephone: 800-625-8678, website: www.oldi.com.

All product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

 Media Contact: Valerie Harding Ripple Effect Communications Email Contact 617-536-8887  Kepware Media Contact: Roy Kok VP of Marketing and Sales Kepware 207-775-1660 x253 Email Contact  Online Development Media Contact: Ron Monday Online Development Inc. 865-251-5230 Email Contact

SOURCE: Kepware




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