Copa-Data wins award for product innovation

28 February 2007

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Independent automation software provider Copa-Data has been awarded a Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation, having demonstrated excellence in new products and technologies through its zenOn SCADA/HMI software. The award recognises the company's commitment to the continuous development that ensures the innovation, usability and openness of its product.

Managing Director Thomas Punzenberger comments on the award: "For me, there has only ever been one vision, to deliver open and flexible systems. It gives me great pleasure to receive this award from Frost & Sullivan, recognising Copa-Data's position as a trailblazer in SCADA and HMI software."

zenOn was launched in 1990 to address a growing demand for open and flexible SCADA software. zenOn was developed for Windows platforms, making the software more open and usable than competing products. The software is open and compatible for seamless integration with existing infrastructure.

Frost & Sullivan analyst Karthikeyan Balasubramaniyam comments: "The speciality of zenOn has been its inherent ease of operation. Apart from that, zenOn is an extremely open and compatible system that makes it really easy to integrate into existing infrastructure.

"Continuous upgrades to zenOn software have maintained customers' trust and demand for their software in the competitive European market. The company has established itself as a leading automation software provider with strong sales channels throughout the world."

Development milestones

The award highlights the milestones during zenOn's development. For example, version 3.5 provided built-in redundancy that meant that data was never lost. In 1999, version 5 broke new barriers, providing 100 per cent compatible SCADA for all Windows platforms from Windows CE PDAs and terminals up to XP workstations. Shortly after, zenOn 5.2 added a built-in web server that is always up to date and uses the same look and feel as the zenOn program.

In recent years zenOn 6 improved distributed engineering, allowing multiple users to work on a project in parallel and reduce engineering time. Recognising the revolution in consumer software, version 6 also marked further improvements in usability that are helping to bring industrial software out of the 'dark ages' and make it as intuitive to use as leading consumer products. Improvements included new automatic engineering features such as project wizards that eliminate errors and save time by automating repetitive or complex tasks.

zenOn HMI/SCADA software has flexibility, reliable performance and provides numerous features that provide added value, illustrating Copa-Data's technical expertise and experience in automation. Recognising its product innovations and the commitment to provide complete ssystems, Copa-Data was presented with a 2007 Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation for automation and control solutions in the European market.

About the Frost & Sullivan award for product innovation

The Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation is presented each year to the company that Frost & Sullivan believes has demonstrated excellence in new products and technologies within its industry. The recipient company must have shown innovation by launching a broad line of emerging products and technologies.

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