SOURCE: Sierra Monitor Corporation

Sierra Monitor Corporation

September 16, 2010 12:46 ET

FieldServer Technologies Gateway Aboard Latest U.S. Navy Advanced-Tech Destroyer

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2010) -  Sierra Monitor Corporation (OTCBB: SRMC), a Cleantech focused company that designs, manufactures and sells electronic safety and environmental instrumentation, announced that its wholly-owned division, FieldServer Technologies' (FST) Gateway will be serving aboard the new Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG-1000), the latest design in U.S. Navy craft with advanced-technology, multi-mission capability. FST's Gateway enhances communication between various instruments, systems, machines and other devices that utilize non-compatible data protocols. The Zumwalt-class is designed to operate seamlessly with other naval, ground and land-based air forces in accordance with the Navy's "Network-Centric Warfare" concept of operations for the 21st Century.

The ships will include an automated fire suppression system which is an advanced automated damage-control system that combines sensors, cameras and automated firefighting capabilities to ensure that the Zumwalt class ship has the fastest possible response time to life- and ship-threatening events. This system improves survivability in both peacetime and wartime while reducing the number of crew members needed for damage control. 

Supporting the fire system is the Fire Detection system supplied by Meggitt Safety Systems that includes smoke, heat and flame detection capability. The system includes Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) aspiration smoke detectors and Meggitt IR5 flame detectors providing fire detection capability with a low false alarm rate. Meggitt is a leading provider of shipboard fire detection systems for the U.S. Navy with products designed for the rugged, harsh environments of these applications. For proper operations, it was necessary to interface these detectors to a LonWorks based network and the fire system on board the DDG-1000.

FieldServer Technologies provides quick and reliable design utilizing the VESDA and MODBUS RTU to LonWorks protocol interfaces necessary to integrate the smoke and flame detectors to the LonWorks network. FieldServer's extensive protocol library and experience provided the solution for this network integration. 

About FieldServer Technologies
FieldServer Technologies, a wholly-owned division of Sierra Monitor Corporation based in California, designs and markets a broad line of devices that enhance communication between various instruments, systems, machines and other devices that utilize non-compatible data protocols. The FieldServer combined with the extensive driver library it to achieve interoperability.

About Sierra Monitor Corporation
Sierra Monitor delivers information technology for environment measurement and control by developing specialized embedded software that is deployed on proprietary hardware platforms. Embedded software enables data transfer between subsystems using protocol and physical medium translation. Proprietary hardware platforms allow the Company to increase its value proposition while protecting intellectual property.

Sierra Monitor's hardware platforms include original equipment modules for installation in customer devices and controllers, gateway boxes generally used by integrators for M2M protocol translation, and multi-component safety systems generally focused on gas and fire detection. 

By providing an intelligent interface, the Company's products enable various machines, devices, systems and people to reliably communicate useful information for the measurement and control of various environments including buildings, plants, and factories. By delivering the data on various communications levels, including Ethernet, internet, LONworks, Profibus and others, the Company's products make it possible for data to be accessed at more appropriate levels, such as network operations centers, control rooms or remote locations.

Sierra Monitor is an established supplier of safety and environmental instruments with more than 16,000 installations worldwide.

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