SOURCE: Apprion

December 18, 2007 07:00 ET

Apprion Announces ION R3 for Integration and Management of Industrial Wireless Devices, Data and Applications

Provides Comprehensive System for Customers to Securely, Reliably and Cost-Effectively Manage Wireless Systems

MOFFETT FIELD, CA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2007) - Apprion, the pioneer of industrial wireless application networks, today announced R3 of the Apprion ION System. ION R3 provides comprehensive integration and cohesive management of facilities' wireless infrastructures, including multiple industry-leading wireless devices, wireless data from all devices on the network and all wireless applications. The Apprion ION R3 System equips industrial facilities with a secure, reliable, low-cost way to improve management of users, devices and systems across a large network and plant area, while enhancing plant communications, increasing productivity and satisfying regulatory mandates.

The new ION R3 System supports industry-leading wireless devices, including Siemens Scalance Access Points, Cisco Aironet 1500 Series Access Points, Emerson 1420 Wireless Gateways and Apprion's IONizers. ION integrates data from multiple vendors and data sources. The ION dashboard enables managers and operators to make this data useful by providing a central location to view alerts and reports real-time, manage data, users and devices, and make informed decisions. Additionally, the ION dashboard saves users time and increases efficiencies by providing centralized access and management for the ION Video Monitoring Application. It also allows for seamless integration with all third-party wireless applications, including VoIP and condition monitoring.

"Industrial plants are rapidly enhancing and extending their systems using wireless at their facilities, because of the flexibility and significant cost savings that wireless offers," said Stephen Lambright, CEO of Apprion. "The Apprion ION R3 System is the first industry solution that offers customers a fully integrated industrial wireless infrastructure, enabling centralized wireless network and application management and a secure, reliable, cost-effective way to improve management of users, data, devices and applications."

At the October 2007 ISA Expo, Apprion demonstrated ION's integrated network management functionality. The ISA100 standards committee hosted a multi-vendor technology demonstration showcasing the major principles of operation of the committee's work, and products from over 15 vendors. As the only open industrial wireless application network management system, Apprion's ION managed the integration of all the devices and systems in the ISA100 wireless infrastructure demo. Suppliers participating in the integrated demo included AirSprite, Apprion, Arch Rock, Cirronet, Elpro, Emerson Process, Endress + Hauser, Flowserve, GE, Honeywell, Invensys, MachineTalker, Omnex, Rockwell Automation, SensorLogic, and Yokogawa.

ION R3 System New Features

Key features of the ION R3 System include:

--  User Dashboard provides an integrated view of all data essential for
    wireless network management in one screen, enabling administrators and
    users to customize views, as well as monitor and correlate data from
    multiple vendors.
--  Enhanced Events & Alerts deliver reliable, real-time information
    prioritized by severity.
--  Enhanced Video Monitoring integrates with third-party applications,
    enabling network operators to remotely monitor the status and network
    activity of any IP-enabled camera configured on the network.
--  Real-time Visualization centralizes wireless network performance data
    in an intuitive table or graph to deliver new reports, including: RF
    Spectrum reports, wireless rogue detection reports and link status reports.
--  Central Network Security Dashboard ensures compliance with security
    mandates and provides fast, easy identification of network security status
    and wireless network intrusion detection, including wireless attacks and
    rogue access points.
--  Universal Device Integration supports a broad range of network
    performance, security tools and leading wireless devices, such as Siemens
    Scalance Access Points, Cisco Aironet 1500 Series Access Points, and
    Emerson 1420 Wireless Gateways.
    

Availability and Pricing

The Apprion ION R3 System is available December 18th, 2007. Contact Apprion at www.apprion.com for pricing.

About the ION System

Apprion's ION System is a comprehensive wireless application network system designed specifically for the complex needs of process manufacturers and for use in industrial environments. ION provides an open, scalable and extensible system for monitoring, managing and securing multi-vendor wireless devices and applications. To read full product details, visit http://www.apprion.com/ION.asp.

About Apprion

Apprion delivers wireless application network systems and services designed for the process manufacturing industry. Apprion's ION System provides the only unified, open and secure industrial application network for plant managers and their engineering and IT organizations. ION optimizes the manageability and performance of the wireless devices, systems and networks within plants so that managers gain the highest value possible from information generated by their operational and productivity applications. Apprion's industrial products and services enable the deployment of wireless applications with the lowest total cost of ownership. Customers include market leaders in oil and gas, chemical and power/utilities.

Apprion is located in Moffett Field, California. For more information about the company, its products and sales office locations, visit www.apprion.com.

Apprion and all other Apprion Inc. product or service names are trademarks of Apprion Inc. in the USA and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright 2007 Apprion Inc. All rights reserved.