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Performux Provides Web Services-Based Intelligence for Secure, Scalable Operational Management of Critical Infrastructure


January 13th, 2003 – Verano, a leading provider of software for Instant Awareness™ of plant intelligence to knowledge workers within the enterprise, today introduced Performux, a real-time plant intelligence software platform. Performux is the first Linux-based plant operations software offering secure, Internet-enabled management of critical industrial operations within utilities, transportation, energy and process industries. Performux provides business managers, knowledge workers and operational personnel with “Instant Awareness” of essential operational metrics and key performance indicators, at a low total cost of ownership.

For example, large process manufacturers can use Performux to monitor production status, asset utilisation and operational alerts. Performux's real-time capabilities provide the company's plant managers and senior executives with up-to-the minute information across widely distributed assets. Wireless capabilities also allow executives and managers to receive alerts at remote locations, allowing them to take immediate action in response to market drivers such as production outages or real-time pricing events.

Performux is built on the Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, the first Linux platform designed expressly for and certified by top enterprise software vendors. Performux also has a strong lineage in Unix. It is based on Verano’s SCADA platform (RTAP/i – Real-Time Application Platform) with a reputation for taming some of the largest, most demanding automation challenges in the world.

In the U.K. power industry, Innogy and Thales have been working together successfully for several years using Verano's RTAP software product. "This technology has proved to be a powerful platform for our fully integrated plant control system (APMS), helping power plants to refurbish and stay ahead of market competitors," said Andrew Lichnowski, manager, Process Control Systems Group, Innogy.
"We are very pleased to see Verano continue to stay at the forefront of technology with the release of Performux, a Linux-based product," added Allan Crewe, technical director for Thales Information Systems. "Performux can enable the continued cost-effective and secure implementation of APMS, now on a wide-range of different sized systems, from high-end servers to low-end PCs".
“All of our customers using commercial Unix are seriously evaluating Linux as a new operating system platform because of its unsurpassed computing power, portability and scalability,” said Brian Ahern, president and chief executive officer, Verano. “Combined with the security, high performance and reliability of Linux, Performux delivers the information customers need to make timely decisions, without the traditional barriers of time, media or location.”

Performux Features:

Real-time data management and visualisation engine with built in web services

Sophisticated alarm and event management

Dedicated thick client HMI visualisation in addition to Web-based display

Ability to link to the enterprise utilising Verano’s Enterprise Link

Interfaces to legacy plant devices

Java Application Interface and C/C++ API for developers


Performux-based solutions are now available and being sold through Verano’s industrial automation resellers and integrators. Further information can be found at http://www.verano.com

About Verano

Verano solutions provide Instant Awareness™ for industrial enterprises that seek real-time, operational alert and response management at every level of their organisation. Verano uses proven technologies to deliver Instant Awareness with the three pillars of real-time manufacturing enterprise responsiveness: Secure Operations, Plant Data Aggregation and Plant2Biz Integration. The result is superior, coordinated, real time decision making from the plant floor to the CEO’s office.


More than 220 Global-1000 companies in process industries, utilities, energy and transportation have successfully implemented industrial solutions based on Verano’s Enterprise Link and RTAP/i products. These customers, representing more than 2,200 systems and 5,300 user seats, include Bayer AG, Boeing, Celanese, ChevronTexaco, Genentech, ExxonMobil Gerber Foods, Innogy and Thames Water.


Founded in 1996, Verano is headquartered in Boston with operations in Calgary and the UK. In 2000, Verano acquired the Automation Integration Software division of Agilent Technologies, which was previously a business unit within Hewlett-Packard. Additional information about Verano is available on the Web at http://www.verano.com

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