WhereNet Leverages TierConnect’s Application Technology in New Product Launch

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WhereNet Leverages TierConnect’s Application Technology in New Product Launch; Automotive solutions provider utilizes TierConnect’s development application tools to expand offerings.

Wixom, Mich.-based software provider, TierConnect, Inc. announced today that Santa Clara, Calif.-based WhereNet Corp., the leader of wireless solutions for tracking and managing enterprise assets, has purchased TierConnect’s web application technology for use in its own solutions. WhereNet utililized CoreConnect™ from TierConnect to develop and market new products for its automotive customer market. CoreConnect™ is a unique web application core technology engineered to drive functionality for continuous improvement manufacturing environments.

CoreConnect’s purpose is to assist manufacturers to produce quality enterprise web applications, backed by reliable, scalable, and proven technology. To this end, years of research have gone into defining a common technology architecture and platform to support these goals. CoreConnect was architected using various industry standard, Java-based web technologies to form the base application needed as the foundation for any web application. CoreConnect includes common requirements needed in application development including internationalization, security, ASP service hosting, and more. Applications built on CoreConnect enjoy about 40% lower long-term cost of ownership due to the relative ease of feature modifications enabled by the CoreConnect software manufacturing process.

WhereNet partnered with TierConnect in early 2005 for sales and delivery of TierConnect products to the automotive industry and to develop and market WhereNet’s Scrap Tracking & Management System (STMS) that enables automotive manufacturers to automate the processing of scrap materials in vehicle assembly, powertrain, and metal fabrication facilities in support of lean manufacturing initiatives.

The STMS software eliminates error-prone, hand written nonconforming material tag processes resulting in reduced scrap and material loss and more efficient manufacturing operations. Leveraging a single instance of WhereNet software, Ford Motor Company is one of WhereNet’s first customers for STMS.

“TierConnect architected its CoreConnect™ application core technology specifically for solutions running in dynamic environments such as manufacturing where continuous improvement practices drive frequent demands for modifications,” stated Gary Latham, director of industry marketing and business development for the Automotive Solutions Group of WhereNet. “We like the CoreConnect-based architecture because it differentiates our solutions substantially with lower long-term cost of ownership and greater customer serviceability.”

“The CoreConnect vision is to produce these software applications as efficiently as possible, even in the fast-changing software technology landscape,” stated Gustavo Riveria, TierConnect’s chief technology officer and one of three co-founders. “To this end, it implements smart manufacturing practices in the development and assembly processes, so that both the technology and end-products can evolve and keep pace with customer and/or technology demands.”

About TierConnect, Inc.

TierConnect, Inc. provides manufacturing and other continuous improvement material management environments with customized software applications that can be rapidly integrated, modified and reconfigured to keep pace with changes in business processes. The company was founded in 2002 and maintains corporate headquarters in Wixom, Michigan. TierConnect’s premier application, TagTracker™ is a nonconforming material management system designed to replace traditional hand-written, waste/scrap material identification tag systems in manufacturing facilities. TagTracker and many other commercial applications are powered by TierConnect’s CoreConnect™, a unique web technology engineered to drive application functionality for continuous improvement manufacturing environments. Visit http://www.tierconnect.com for more information.

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