Equiva Services to Pilot eGasStation Solution to Help Link Disparate Systems; Deliver Support of New E-Business Processes
LAS VEGAS, Sun Microsystems Booth # 5040 at National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), Oct. 22 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Cyberonix today announced the availability of the eGasStation, an iForce(SM) solution, designed to help service stations reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) while helping to improve revenue and operational efficiencies. Based on Java(TM) technology, and integrated with the SAP R/3 ERP application to provide real-time input, the eGasStation solution can help retail petroleum and convenience store industries connect disparate and legacy systems, offer new Web-based services to their customers, suppliers and employees, and reduce the complexity of their IT environment.
"Globally, there are more than 300,000 gas stations and 800,000 convenience stores, each containing an average of 25 discrete devices that do not work together and are not connected back to central offices," said Nick Weston, Manager of Energy Industries for Sun in Energy, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
"With eGasStation, companies can easily connect these devices to the Web using standards-based technologies such as Java programming language, for real-time download of data and remote access for diagnostics and maintenance. This connectivity and cross-merchandising oppervices, marketing services arm for Shell and Texaco brands, has acquired an implementation of eGasStation and is collaborating with Cyberonix and Sun to pilot and customize eGasStation in their own test environment.
Pending the pilot results, approximately 80% of Shell and Texaco branded service stations would be candidates for eGasStation nationwide.
"The eGasStation solution is designed expressly for an environment such as ours that requires a fast, non-disruptive deployment that will deliver results quickly," said Ben Bates, Program Manager Sales and Marketing Information Technology for Equiva Services. "Because Sun developed this solution in collaboration with the industry, the result is cost-effective, fast to roll- out and does not require an intense time or resource investment on the part of the convenience store operator."
Available now, the eGasStation solution allows service station owners to seamlessly integrate existing petroleum retail devices such as fuel dispensers, point-of-sale (POS) systems and car wash controllers to help maximize revenue and decrease operational costs. Any device inside -- POS, HVAC systems, security systems -- or outside -- car wash, tanks, pumps -- the store is immediately plugged into one IT infrastructure, allowing store owners to more effectively manage operations in real-time. As a low cost incremental solution, eGasStation does not require changing the existing devices, can be put in place overnight, and can be easily extended with new revenue generating services such as "hotspot" high-speed automobile synchronization and dynamic fuel pricing.
Checking Under the Hood
The eGasStation solution was created and is currently installed in Sun`s iForce(SM) Ready Center in Menlo Park, Calif. This robust solution was built using real gas station control devices and dispensers and features a multi- tiered architecture, spanning from real-time devices to the enterprise systems level. The eGasStation architecture consists of standards-based technologies like Java and XML help to integrate the service station with corporate ERP and CRM systems, and to enable convenience store operators to leverage the infrastructure for new forms of e-commerce. For example, real-time inputs to SAP R/3 allowed automatic generation of purchase orders for standard supplies. Sun iForce integrator technology partners can help deliver the solution.
Cyberonix contributes one of the unique features of the architecture through their development of the industrial Java technologies that Internet- enable systems such as security, energy management and equipment monitoring. This system integration is provided by Cyberonix`s industrial Java applications including the enterprise common protocol (ECP), Java technology- based wrapping layers, and controllers that provide the guaranteed system response necessary for seamless integration of petroleum-retail devices. Their Java controller provides key performance indicators to reflect the real- time status of retail service sites in a deterministic manner. This controller is manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
The eGasStation solution leverages Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE), Sun`s open, integrateable vision, architecture, product and expertise for developing and deploying services on demand today. Basing this solution on the Sun ONE, helps make convenience store data actionable in real-time to reduce decision cycles on critical issues such as marketing or product ordering, and enables the store operator to better manage the bottom line. Cyberonix`s ECP is optimized to work with Sun ONE, thereby extending the benefits of Sun ONE out to the machine and device layer.
The iForce(SM) Initiative
The eGasStation Solution exemplifies the iForce Initiative in action. The iForce Initiative is the community of Sun and its best-in-class iForce partners working together to create and deliver customer-driven solutions that enable our customers to leverage the network to improve business processes. Built around a dynamic relationship model and providing access to iForce Centers worldwide, the iForce Initiative helps customers engage with Sun and its industry partners to reduce risk when deploying solutions.
Sun in Energy
Sun Microsystems Inc has been a leading supplier to the oil industry for over 15 years. Sun provides a range of solutions to all aspects of the industry from the initial exploration for hydrocarbons though to large-scale ERP systems used by some of the largest companies in the world.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the nth. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com .
About Cyberonix, Inc.
Cyberonix, an engineering development firm that specializes in the design and installation of automation systems for manufacturing processes, has been a strong ally of Sun in applying Java technologies to industrial automation. Cyberonix products include the enterprise common protocol (ECP), a Java technology-based middleware for industrial control, Java-based equipment wrapping technology, and the Java-based control processor (JCP).