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SIXNET Introduces New Device That Saves Users Over 80% of Remote Monitoring and Control Costs

Data Logging and SCADA Operations Can Now Be Monitored and Controlled Securely Over Existing Cellular Networks

BALLSTON LAKE, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 05/18/09 -- SIXNET, a market-leading supplier of innovative machine-to-machine (M2M) data communications products, has introduced a new rugged real-time cellular remote monitoring and control solution. Known as R.A.M. (Remote Access and Monitoring), it allows data logging and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) operations to be monitored and controlled from remote locations anywhere in the world via existing secure cellular networks.

By leveraging existing secure cellular networks and very competitive carrier data rate plans, R.A.M. can save customers up to 80% of the cost of a truck roll to a remote site -- or 60% of the cost of a traditional phone landline -- required to access the data at the remote site. "Given the current economic environment, customers are looking for new ways to reduce the cost of their operations," said Ed Lewis, Partner at Belden Partners a wireless industry consultant. "Remote Monitoring and Control (RMC) is growing at 30% per year, driven by the benefits of real-time remote monitoring and control -- including automation of manual operations, increased frequency of data collection, improved response to emergencies, and reduced maintenance and operating costs."

"When SCADA first appeared on the scene cellular technology was still in its infancy. Thus, there were little, if any, communication options apart from radio networks. Today, the use of cellular technology has blossomed and there is an important distinction between SCADA and M2M. With the advancement of R.A.M., customers can experience reduced costs and enjoy the flexibility they have needed in a host of industries," said Peggy Smedley, editorial director, M2M magazine.

The R.A.M. (www.sixnet.com/department/cellular-rtus-and-dataloggers-53.cfm) is an "industrial-grade" solution that provides secure cellular data connectivity, as well as programmable Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) functionally. Its Open Source Linux Operating System makes it simple for the user to customize the software and integrate applications. The unit includes application tools for alarming, data logging and programmable control. For many users, the hassle free integration with a variety of North American cellular carrier services will be a welcome change from their previous experiences, same hassle free integration soon available worldwide. After setup of the R.A.M. is accomplished by running a simple wizard, the user will realize all the benefits of real-time remote monitoring and control.

"Our industrial automation customers are very eager to check out our R.A.M. solution," said Hilton Nicholson, CEO and President of SIXNET. "They immediately recognize its benefits of lower costs, increased productivity and deployment anywhere."

The R.A.M. solution has up to 26 I/O points, 5 Ethernet, 2 RS232 and 1RS485 ports. Optional 2G and 3G cellular technologies are available (EDGE, HSPA and EVDO) on a variety of carriers. The power input ranges from 120-240 VAC. It is packaged in a rugged wall-mount NEMA 4X enclosure. Its operating temperature range is -40 degreesC to +65 degreesC. The panel and its components are designed to meet UL (1604), Class I, Div 2 and other industrial standards.

Use the R.A.M. solution anywhere and everywhere, from the tundra to the desert. Typical applications for R.A.M. are oil and gas (automate remote processes), water and wastewater management (remote control of operations), chemical plants (automate data logging), power utilities (monitor status and receive alerts), and energy companies (remote monitoring and control). The R.A.M. solution can provide:

--  Process improvement due to faster more accurate information
--  Reduce operating expenses
--  Increased machine uptime
--  Secure data transfer
    

Available immediately, contact [email protected] for price information

About SIXNET

Founded in 1976, SIXNET is a privately held company that provides innovative market-leading machine-to-machine (M2M) data communications solutions. In 2007, SIXNET acquired BlueTree Wireless Data Inc, a leader in wireless modems and software solutions for commercial and industrial applications. SIXNET's worldwide customers benefit from its unique ability to integrate cellular modems, industrial automation products, and data connectivity products into rugged, reliable, and cost effective solutions. SIXNET's innovative products expand the capabilities of open connectivity, industrial Ethernet, M2M communications, industrial automation, cellular data connectivity, and private label OEM solutions. The SIXNET name is synonymous with quality and reliability around the world. SIXNET has partnered with Riverside Partners LLC and American Capital Ltd. For more information, please visit www.sixnet.com.

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