Metso Automation USA, Inc. Selects Birdstep's RDM Server v8.0 Embedded Database Server

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Metso will embed Birdstep's latest release of RDM Server embedded database to provide true transactional support and high-availability for IMAS users bringing fault-tolerance to their IMAS - Integrated Mill-Wide Analysis System.

We must also provide standard interfaces critical for SQL queries and web reporting. Birdstep's RDM Server database flexibility allows us to combine the use of a low-level native API for speed along with an industry standard SQL interface to meet our ease-of-use reporting expectations from our customers.

Birdstep Technology (OSE: BIRD), which offers state of the art embedded database technologies, today announced that Metso Automation USA, Inc. has selected Birdstep's RDM Server v8.0 to bring fault-tolerance to their IMAS - Integrated Mill-Wide Analysis System, including modules Advanced Quality Control Solution for Thermo-Mechanical Pulping (AQC Solution for TMP) and Sensor Reconsiliation.

"Our pulp and paper mill customers use our solutions to make sure production targets are met at the highest levels of quality with the lowest variability and production costs, says Daniel Cloutier, Metso Business Manager TMP and RCF Solutions, "We needed complete transactional support from our data management solution without sacrificing performance and without having to license a technologies that would raise our production costs. Birdstep's RDM Server product met these objectives".

Metso Project Manager for TMP and RCF Solutions, Devin Cole explains, "Metso IMAS Sensor Reconsiliation component will expand beyond servicing pulp and paper mills to include energy companies. As we expand our market we must maintain the highest level of processing speed critical to maintain real-time access". Devin continues, "We must also provide standard interfaces critical for SQL queries and web reporting. Birdstep's RDM Server database flexibility allows us to combine the use of a low-level native API for speed along with an industry standard SQL interface to meet our ease-of-use reporting expectations from our customers."

"As we consulted with Metso, we saw a major emphasis being put on eliminating any risk of corruption and, at the same time, being able to maintain the highest degree of performance along with supporting industry standards for reporting, said Duncan Bates, VP of Product Management for Birdstep, "We also saw the importance of being able to replicate to multiple servers to achieve fault-tolerance. RDM Server v8.0 delivered the transactional safety their customers require, kept performance at an optimal level, and allowed them to achieve piece-of-mind that their data would be kept replicated and in-sync should any system interrupt occur."

"If you look at where Birdstep is headed with our entire database portfolio, our roadmap is all about enabling our customers to manage data most efficiently, access data quickly, and protect the accuracy of that data", states Steinar Sande, CEO of Birdstep's Database Division. Steinar explains, "We are committed to providing our customers database solutions that offer unmatched flexibility and data reliability so they can deliver market leading products."

About The Raima Database Manager Family
Raima released the first version of the Raima embedded database in 1984. Since then the family has grown into three successful embedded database products. RDM Embedded pioneered the embedded market space under the name dbVista.    Building on the success of RDM Embedded, Raima released the product in a client/server configuration under the name Velocis, now called RDM Server. Augmenting the two is RDM Mobile, ideally suited for consumer electronics and low cost mobile devices such as set-top boxes, mp3 players etc.

About Birdstep Technology, Inc. http://www.birdstep.com
Birdstep Technology, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Birdstep Technology ASA, is a leading provider of high-performance embedded database solutions known as the Raima Database Manager product-line. Since 1984, the company has been focused on solving data management problems in a wide variety of verticals such as Mil/Aero, Telecom, Financial, Consumer Electronics, Medical, Industrial Automation, Business Automation and more. With over 20,000 application developers, resulting in over 20,000,000 deployments, Birdstep continues to lead in the worldwide demand for embedded database technology.

About Metso Automation USA, Inc. http://www.metso.com
Metso is an international technology corporation that serves customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, power generation and other selected industrial sectors. Metso Corporation comprises three business areas: Metso Paper, Metso Minerals and Metso Automation.

For further press information please contact Paul Johnson at Birdstep:

Tel: (206) 748-5213                
Email: paul.johnson(at)birdstep.com
Website: http://www.birdstep.com/database

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