Sauter to Include eMation Technology in Advanced Building Automation Solutions
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Sauter to Include eMation Technology in Advanced Building Automation Solutions

MANSFIELD, Mass. & BASEL, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 13, 2001--eMation Inc., a pioneer of Device Relationship Management (DRM) enterprise software solutions, and Sauter Controls, a world leader in building management systems, today announced the use of eMation's DRM technology within Sauter's novaPro Open software.

novaPro Open, the newest incarnation of Sauter's successful novaPro product line, is designed specifically for use in the world's most sophisticated building automation systems. It offers a unique solution based on open industry standards with Internet technology at its core.

"Sauter and eMation are partnering to bring our customers the next generation in building automation software," said Sauter CEO Dr. Joseph Leimgruber. "With its broadly accepted, firmly established DRM platform, novaPro Open provides our customers with a living solution that meets the present and future needs of increasingly sophisticated building automation systems."

"Device Relationship Management enables Sauter customers to drastically improve the operational efficiency in their building automation systems. This is accomplished through a continuous connection to the valuable information within their environments, said Gregg Bauer, Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Sales at eMation. "Operations personnel, regardless of their location, will be instantly notified of fault conditions in the building automation system. They will be able to access, view, and control the process using a standard Web browser with an extensive user security model over an Internet or Intranet connection."

The novaPro Open product line places Sauter clearly in the forefront of building automation control. novaPro Open incorporates open industry standards, has an extensive list of drivers, and is custom designed for the Internet. novaPro Open has the capacity to extend to substantial systems, encompassing large buildings or entire campuses of numerous structures over an unlimited geographic area. The first project utilizing novaPro Open was the highly successful project for the ETH-University, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Zurich, Switzerland. The novaPro Open System monitors in real time more than 60,000 HVAC and security data points in more than 220 buildings.

novaPro Open uses key components from the eMation DRM system. Providing an intelligent user interface between building automation systems and the people who operate and manage them. novaPro Open goes beyond traditional Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications to provide customers with a highly flexible Web-based decision support solution for controlling automation systems.

About Sauter Controls

Sauter Controls is among the leading European suppliers of building management systems. Founded in 1910, it is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland with approximately 1600 employees worldwide. With the production of control systems and building management systems for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning sectors, Sauter is one of the most successful companies in its field. Sauter is dedicated to continuing to provide the highest standard of service to its customers throughout the world; to offer a product range with the best price-performance ratio; and to develop environmentally acceptable, trend-setting automation concepts. The company's product lines, which include controllers, sensors and actuators, and automation technology, are available in more than 40 countries globally. This wide range of products, which is among the most complete on the world market, is complemented by professional, tailor-made services. For more information on Sauter go to

About eMation

eMation is a division of RAVISENT Technologies (NASDAQ: RVST - news), a software, services, and intellectual property licensing company providing software solutions and technology to OEMs and Enterprises. eMation helps the world's most highly regarded companies use the Internet to tap the value of real-time information to optimize their business operations. The company's flagship eMation DRM Device Relationship Management System is a distributed software solution that lets businesses monitor, manage and service intelligent devices deployed at remote sites. The company serves Global 2000 companies worldwide in multiple markets including Industrial and Building Automation, Technology, Medical Instrumentation, Office and Semiconductor Equipment industries through sales and services offices in the US, Europe, Israel, and Japan, and distribution partners worldwide. More information about RAVISENT is available at More information about eMation and Device Relationship Management is available at

About Device Relationship Management

The proliferation of microprocessor-enabled devices, combined with the global connectivity of the Internet has led to a new market called Pervasive Computing. The intelligent devices that we see and interact with everyday such as copiers, elevators, vending machines, building control units, medical devices, and even automobiles represent an important new source of business information. To date most enterprises have not been able to tap this information.

Device Relationship Management addresses this significant information blind spot by providing a distributed information management system that leverages the Internet to connect enterprises to their products and keep them connected throughout their lifecycle. DRM allows timely, accurate, and unbiased information to be communicated automatically between remote devices deployed at customer facilities and external service personnel or enterprise business systems. Device Relationship Management helps turn reactive businesses into proactive businesses providing new sources of revenue and increased operational efficiency at lower costs with an ROI that can often be measured in months.

Copyright (c) 2001 eMation. All rights reserved. eMation, eMation DRM, Automatic eCommerce, and Firewall-Friendly are trademarks of eMation, Inc. All other companies and product names mentioned herein are the property and may be the trademarks of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements that relate to RAVISENT's future business and financial performance. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual events of future results to differ from those discussed herein. Such factors include, among others: RAVISENT's ability to achieve any benefits from the eMation acquisition; RAVISENT's operations may be adversely affected by the eMation acquisition; uncertainties regarding RAVISENT's stock repurchase program; the viability of DRM technology; the potential for growth in the pervasive computing market; RAVISENT's recent change in its business model; RAVISENT and eMation have each had limited operating histories, fluctuating quarterly operating results, expectation of future losses, anticipated price declines in products, dependence on current product lines, dependence on a small number of customers, lack of long-term commitments with customers, dependence on manufacturers and strategic relationships, and product delays; the long sales cycle for eMation products; limited distribution channels; the difficulty of protecting proprietary rights, the ability to manage growth and attract and retain additional personnel; the potential for defects in products; risks from international operations, its ability to raise capital in the future; competition; its ability to manage technological change and respond to evolving industry standards; and government regulation. Investors are advised to read RAVISENT's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Forms 8-K and the company's proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Factors Affecting Operating Results" and "Risk Factors" for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

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