Volvo buys control systems from Internet infrastructure developer eMation

Web-based control technology enables control over equipment from anywhere
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Internet infrastructure solutions developer

eMation

today announced that its Web-based environmental-control systems will be incorporated in a

Volvo

truck manufacturing plant in Guttenberg, Sweden.

The deal is worth $120,000 to the Petah Tikvah-based company, which says Volvo intends to expand use of eMation products in the future.

eMation's control system will be installed in the Volvo plant's ventilation facilities, enabling technicians to control the ventilation systems throughout the plant via the company's intranet browser. Technicians can therefore access information on the ventilation system from any computer in the plant, without having to install control software in every computer.

eMation provides Internet-based software solutions that enable clients to link any computerized equipment to the Web, such as communication systems, medical equipment, air-conditioning systems, production systems, manufacturing systems. Soon enough even domestic electrical appliances can be linked via the Web. SYstem users will be able to monitor appliances in real time and check their maintenance status.

Remote periodic inspections

Using eMation technology, equipment manufacturers and maintenance personnel can control data, conduct periodic inspections from a distance, and fix problems from any location using any PC linked to the Web. The technique can significantly improve customer service, expand the range of services offered, and cut maintenance costs.

eMation maintains management and development centers in Boston and in Petah Tikvah. The company has sales outlets in the United States, France, Holland, Germany, England and Israel.

Founded in 1988, the company raised $24 million in a financing round held in 2000 at a company valuation of $70 million after the money.

Among the company's investors are the Apax, Gemini, and

Walden

venture capital funds, Patricof & Co. Ventures, the Tel Aviv-traded Mofet fund, the venture capital fund of the Japanese conglomerte

CSK Corporation

(Nasdaq:CSKKY), and the Japanese investment bank

Nomura

.