SOURCE: Omnitrol Networks

June 12, 2008 12:00 ET

Omnitrol Networks Named a "Cool Vendor" in Manufacturing by Leading Industry Analyst Firm

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - Omnitrol Networks, a leading provider of converged service-oriented application network solutions for the manufacturing industry, today announced that it has been designated by Gartner Research as a "Cool Vendor" for Manufacturing.(1) The Omnitrol Networks' Work-In-Process tracking application software provides connectivity, real-time operational visibility and workflow management on the shop floor for business leaders and manufacturing plant managers.

According to the report, "Manufacturers with operations that include processes that are not fully automated should consider a combination of hardware and software solutions to provide end-to-end process integration." Moreover, "Manufacturers have traditionally been receptive to using small vendors that bring innovation and leading-edge functionality, particularly at the plant level."

Omnitrol Networks' WIP solution addresses a variety of problems on the manufacturing shop floor, many of which have arisen due to process complexities and outsourcing. These problems lead directly to delays and difficulties in communication between customers and suppliers. In order to counter these difficulties, Omnitrol Networks developed its solution to provide a sensor-based network infrastructure with support for RFID (passive, active, UWB), PLC, and WiFi devices aimed at the shop floor and built-in work-in-process (WIP) tracking application software, all integrated in a single network appliance.

"Our focus is to provide an innovative approach to easy shop-floor tracking so management can monitor each product, as well as to facilitate communication for expectations and progress between the customer and the supplier based on EPC Global standards," commented David Orain, Vice President of Marketing at Omnitrol Networks. "We're proud to be evaluated by a prestigious analyst firm like Gartner Research for our efforts in innovation."

About Omnitrol Networks, Inc.

Omnitrol Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of complete EPC-based business application solutions for the emerging wireless, RFID and sensor automation market. The company's award-winning OMNITROL appliance and Edge Application and Services Engine (EASE™) software have pioneered the market for "Always On" real-time operational visibility, traceability and automation solutions. The OMNITROL's unique edge-centric solution architecture enables the industry's most flexible and reliable means to deploy scalable Auto-ID application intelligent networks at the lowest total cost of ownership in the market. Omnitrol Networks, Inc. is a privately held company with corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA. Additional information about Omnitrol Networks' products and services is available at www.omnitrol.com.

About Gartner's Cool Vendors Selection Process

Gartner's listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn't do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner's interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

(1) Miklovic, Dan, and Andrew Hughes. Cool Vendors in Manufacturing, 2008. Gartner Research. 2008. 3-4.

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