Augusta Systems Receives Investment from PrairieGold Venture Partners

posted - MAR 28, 2007


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Augusta Systems Inc. and PrairieGold Venture Partners today announced that PrairieGold has made an undisclosed Series B investment in Augusta Systems. The funding will allow Augusta Systems to continue its growth as a leading provider of technologies for rapid integration, intelligent processing and enterprise utilization of sensor data.

"PrairieGold Venture Partners believes that Augusta Systems and its products are addressing a critical need for enterprises that rely on data from sensors, actuators, devices and systems," said Paul Batcheller, a principal at Prairie Gold. "There is a sizable market opportunity for Augusta Systems because the company addresses significant challenges that most enterprises take for granted - the inefficiencies and costs involved in integrating data from disparate sensors, actuators and systems into enterprise networks and in developing distributed, intelligent information infrastructures. We look forward to working with Augusta Systems to pursue this significant opportunity."

Augusta Systems® SensorBridge™ and SensorPort™ products extend enterprise networks to the level of sensors and sensor networks. SensorBridge is a suite of software components for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 that enables rapid integration, intelligent processing and enterprise utilization of sensor data within an integrated development environment. SensorPort is a reconfigurable sensor network appliance for distributed, intelligent processing at the edge of the network. These technologies enable the most efficient and effective convergence and use of sensor data in numerous applications, including security, monitoring, automation and asset tracking, among others.

"Our products help enterprises to connect sensor data to the network and advance a distributed, intelligent network infrastructure. SensorBridge provides an innovative suite of software components, while SensorPort provides the hardware and embedded software to support intelligent applications within the network. Used together or separately, our products can overcome integration and connectivity hurdles that exist for enterprises that plan to reap the benefits of sensor, actuator and other device deployments," said Patrick Esposito II, president and chief operating officer of Augusta Systems.

"With the funding from PrairieGold, we will aggressively pursue our marketing and sales goals, including continuing to establish relationships with network infrastructure companies, IT solutions providers, system integrators and OEMs. This funding will also help us to accelerate growth plans in key verticals, including automation and security," Esposito said.

About Augusta Systems
Augusta Systems, Inc. provides technologies to enable rapid integration, intelligent processing, and enterprise utilization of sensor data. The products extend enterprise networks to the level of sensors and sensor networks. These technologies enable the most efficient and effective convergence and use of sensor data in numerous applications, including security, monitoring, automation, and asset tracking, among others.

The company's core products are SensorBridge and SensorPort. SensorBridge is a suite of software components for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 that enables rapid integration, intelligent processing, and enterprise utilization of sensor data within an integrated development environment. SensorPort is a reconfigurable sensor network appliance for distributed, intelligent processing at the edge of the network. Augusta Systems also offers SensorBridge and SensorPort in conjunction with partner technologies to develop advanced end-user sensor and control systems and network products. One such product is ThreatViewer™, which provides remote monitoring capabilities for industrial, military, and homeland security.

Augusta Systems technologies enable sensors relying on a variety of protocols and systems, including wireless sensor networks (featuring ZigBee and other protocols), RFID systems, and imagery devices. The technologies support IPv6, physical/IT security convergence, M2M communications, network-centric systems, and more.

About PrairieGold Venture Partners
PrairieGold Venture Partners is a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based venture capital firm that invests in early stage businesses in life sciences, information technology and greentech, primarily in the Midwest. PrairieGold seeks to partner with high-impact companies that address real-world business opportunities with intelligence, commitment and passion. iCentera, Game Plan and Chronix Biomedical are a few of the companies in which PrairieGold has invested since its inception in 2003. For more information, please visit http://www.pgvp.com


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