PORTLAND, Maine, April 27, 2009 – Kepware Technologies announced today a working relationship to deliver Windows CE communications solution for use with Iconics embedded SCADA and visualization products for machine builders and panel OEMs. This will team Iconics and Kepware in joint efforts to deliver integrated OEM visualization solutions for use with Windows CE-based industrial HMI panels.
Kepware’s wide range of connectivity is available supporting desktop (workstation and server) operating systems as well as embedded (Windows CE) operating systems. Many Kepware OEMs leverage both platforms, as application files are portable from one to the other, enabling desktop development and commissioning, and then offering a download to an embedded device for runtime. Icomics is a user of Kepware Protocols on Desktop platforms, and with this initiative, will partner with Kepware to jointly support Windows CE-based embedded platforms.
“Equipment OEMs and HMI panel manufacturers are being asked to provide market-leading solutions. In many cases, this can be achieved through the integration of COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) technologies as offered by Iconics and Kepware Technologies. This partnership delivers an integrated software solution, combining Iconics visualization and control technology with Kepware’s communication technology, providing hardware manufacturers with an alternative to internal software development” according to Craig Resnick, research director, ARC Advisory Group. “Embedded communication and visualization solutions, including those based on platforms such as Embedded XP and Windows CE, best fulfill the balance that OEMs have to achieve of offering the greatest capabilities for the lowest costs. With Kepware as a proven major player in the embedded protocol and device connectivity space, and ICONICS as a proven major player in the industrial automation software space, OEMs should be in a position to benefit from the results of this partnership.”