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ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute Meets Significant Milestone with Protocol Stack and Product Certifications

7/26/2010

Research Triangle Park, NC (26 July 2010) – The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (WCI) today announced the formal launch of ISA100.11a certification services. With official testing of devices completed in late June 2010, participating suppliers can now offer ISA100.11a certified products. ISA100.11a certification testing is being conducted for the WCI by National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) (NASDAQ:NTSC), an independent third-party engineering, testing and certification company.

Notable among suppliers in this initial launch, is Nivis LLC, earning certification for their ISA100.11a communication protocol stack. Nivis, a leader in secure, open standard wireless sensing and control networks, is the first to have an ISA100.11a-certified protocol stack, enabling integration of ISA100.11a wireless communication technology into real-world industrial plant applications. “This is a significant milestone for WCI and the ISA100 Standard. WCI conformance testing services provide a vital link between the standards development process and implementation of the resulting standard in the marketplace. Conformance testing provides assurances to end users that registered ISA100.11a devices will interoperate and adhere to their requirements,” said Andre Ristaino, managing director of WCI. “We have run rigorous tests on devices submitted in June using the WCI test kits and are pleased with the results, especially having several of the first devices meeting the ISA100.11a requirements” said Osman Sakr, CTO of National Technical Systems. “We look forward to testing additional products as they become available.”

Manufacturers are expected to make their own product announcements in the coming weeks. These will be in addition to the recent announcements from Honeywell and Yokogawa highlighting ISA100.11a-compliant products at their respective user conferences.

With a planned maintenance review underway, the ISA100.11a standard is expected to be submitted to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for approval in early 2011. Certified products already deployed, can maintain

compliance with a simple over-the-air firmware upgrade provided by the vendors – a clear example of one of the future-proof benefits of the standard.

“It is and has always been our mission to support our members with their adoption and implementation of the ISA100.11a wireless standard,” continued Ristaino. “As new products pass certification, we look forward to seeing the first commercial installations of industrial wireless systems that demonstrate the scalability, reliability and performance benefits of the ISA100.11a standard.”

The ISA100.11a industrial wireless networking standard is the first in the ISA100 family of standards. This wireless mesh network standard protocol helps supplier companies build interoperable wireless automation control products. As a result, manufacturing sites are able to create, modify, optimize, and scale a wireless network quickly, cost-effectively, and seamlessly.

Planned additions to the ISA100 family of standards include support for backhaul functionality, factory automation, and other key-use cases. Details on the approved standard, the ISA100 roadmap, and use-case presentations are available at www.isa.org/ISA100.

About the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute
The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (WCI) is a non-profit industry organization providing users and developers with market awareness, educational information, technical support, and compliance for the ISA100 family of universal industrial wireless standards. The WCI provides real world feedback from deployment of ISA100 devices and systems to ISA Standards Committees in order to foster rapid refinement and development of open industry standards for wireless applications. Institute members include end users, technology suppliers, research and development professionals, academia, and other industry consortia and standards bodies. Early members include Apprion, BP, Chevron, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, ExxonMobil, Fuji Electric, Gastronics, GE, Honeywell, Nivis, Procter & Gamble, R3 Sensors, Shell, Shengyang Institute of Automation, Yamatake and Yokogawa. More information about the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute can be found online at www.isa100wci.org.

About National Technical Systems
National Technical Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of engineering and testing services to the defense, aerospace, telecommunications, automotive and high technology markets. Through a world-wide network of resources, NTS provides full life-cycle product integrity support, offering world class design engineering, compliance, testing, certification, quality registration and program management. For additional information about NTS, visit our website at www.ntscorp.com or call 800-270-2516.

Press Contacts:
Lisa Grau
GrauPR for WCI
760-207-9090
lisa@graupr.com

Andre Ristaino
WCI
919-990-9222
aristaino@isa.org