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Download: Matrikon to Supply OPC Servers and 2nd Level Support to Spartan Controls

Edmonton, Alberta – November 1, 2003 - Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK) today announced that Spartan Controls, an Emerson Process Management representative, is including Matrikon’s OPC Server for Fisher ROC in their integration solutions when implementing Fisher devices. This agreement has prompted Matrikon to add functionality and maintain the server with the latest OPC technology as specifications evolve. Improvements include an enhanced polling engine, communication redundancy, support for multiple protocols on a single communication medium and more.

In addition to developing and supplying the OPC Server for Fisher ROC to Spartan Controls, Matrikon will provide second-line technical support for all installations of the OPC Server.

"I am excited to be able to offer our customers the ability to integrate OPC into their new and existing systems” says Barry Blight, Spartan’s Manager of Process Control Systems. “I feel confident that Spartan’s experience, combined with top-of-the-line OPC Servers from Matrikon and backed by Matrikon’s technical support, will allow us to offer the most solid, robust and scalable solutions possible to our customers."

Matrikon’s OPC Server for Fisher ROC provides connectivity to Fisher devices, including the series of FloBoss flow meters and ROC RTUs, enabling users to benefit from the advantages of OPC. This OPC Server also supports communication channel redundancy and multiple protocols such as DNP3, IEC60870-5, Modbus and others. OPC (OLE for Process Control) is an open standard that permits a consistent method of accessing data from plant floor and field devices regardless of vendor. OPC makes it possible to connect disparate systems with a single published standard.

About Spartan Controls Spartan Controls is a representative for Emerson Process Management and other leading manufacturers of process control equipment and instrumentation. They offer a complete range of products and services to meet any process control challenge. For more than 40 years, Spartan has served the industry with quality products, technical expertise, after-sales support, on-site consultation, service, and training.

About Matrikon Inc. Matrikon is the world's largest OPC developer, with a collection of over 500 interfaces. Boasting more than 30,000 users and over 100,000 installations around the world, Matrikon provides connectivity to every major control system and application on the market. Matrikon is a leading provider of technology that delivers solutions for industrial agility and, through innovation, is shaping the future of industrial plants. Their technology enables plants to achieve operational excellence by transforming production data into knowledge to predict and prevent problems and optimize operations. Matrikon’s customers achieve agile operations through the combination of external market and plant data to make informed, intelligent decisions in real-time.

With offices in major cities throughout North America, Australia and the Middle East and a global client base including industry leaders in a wide range of manufacturing and process industries, Matrikon’s reach is global.

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