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TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Broadcasters Focus on Mobile TV & IPTV at IBC 2007

The roles of mobile TV and IPTV relative to traditional broadcast TV are set to be thoroughly debated when 45,000 broadcasters and film-makers gather for IBC 2007 in Amsterdam, September 6-11.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, IBC has evolved from its roots in terrestrial broadcasting to become the leading international event for professionals involved in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment, sports and news content worldwide.

Attracting more than 1,000 exhibitors, including the major technology suppliers, IBC is also the launch pad for the latest state-of-the-art developments that will inspire and empower multimedia content creators into the future. The Internationally-renowned IBC conference debates all the cutting-edge business, creative and technical issues.

Mobile TV and IPTV will be covered from every angle at IBC 2007:

The opening day of the IBC Conference will focus on Broadcasting by Broadband on Thursday 6th September.

Digital delivery: the essentials - an IET tutorial in association with WorldDMB on Friday 7th September – will provide an invaluable introduction to the various technologies available to deliver multimedia content to consumers.

The Shrinking world, growing markets, global business conference theme day on Friday 7th September will explore the implications of fragmenting audiences for traditional broadcasters and the efforts of ISPs and telecommunications carriers to generate new revenue streams through the distribution of television and video content.

Mobile is a key thread throughout the Digital Lifestyles conference theme day on Saturday 8th September.

Technical paper sessions dedicated to IPTV (Thursday 6th September) and Multimedia delivery: anywhere anytime (Friday 7th September) will provide in-depth coverage of the latest and most exciting technological developments.

The dedicated Mobile and IPTV Zones provide a unique opportunity for application developers, content providers and technology companies to showcase their capabilities in these important emerging fields. Live DVB-H and MediaFLO demonstration broadcasts will be available throughout the RAI conference and exhibition centre.

The free-admission Business Briefings return in 2007 after their successful debut in 2006 to provide opportunities for exhibitors from the Mobile and IPTV Zones to share their experiences as pioneers of these alternative distribution platforms. This year, each day of the Business Briefings will start with a presentation from an independent analyst who will provide an overview of the state of the market and provide context for the briefings that follow.

“The emergence of mobile TV and IPTV alongside conventional multi-channel television is creating new opportunities and challenges for everyone involved in the creation, management and delivery of content,” said Mike Crimp, Marketing Director of IBC. “With its extensive programme of mobile and IPTV-related events, IBC 2007 provides a unique opportunity for broadcast and telecoms professionals alike to discover the keys to success in this increasingly multi-platform environment.”

MPEGIF ''Next Generation Television Technology and Business Models'' at IBC 2007

The MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF) announced that it will host a full day Master Class entitled “Next Generation Television Technology and Business Models” at IBC 2007.

This free, full day conference will take place on Thursday, 6 September 2007 from 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in Room A at the RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

This MPEGIF Master Class will focus on how new technologies are changing the way digital television is created, compressed, stored, delivered and monetized. MPEGIF, the world’s largest advocacy group for the promotion of MPEG technologies, has confirmed a high-profile line-up of keynote speakers and panelists featuring senior executives from BSkyB, T-Com, Fastweb, T-Online, Virgin Media, Telecom Italia, Orange/France Telecom, IPTV Americas, Cinea, Harmonic, NagraVision, Pace, IBM, Sony, Sun, Open TV, Playboy TV, ESPN, 3Vison, ADB, Amino, and Telemak making this conference the “must attend” event at IBC.

MPEGIF will also provide an update on the widespread adoption of MPEG-4 (including MPEG-4 AVC / H.264) and the MPEGIF Logo Qualification Program.

“We are extremely pleased and proud that MPEGIF, through events and activities such as our MPEGIF Master Classes and our MPEGIF Logo Qualification Program, has significantly contributed to the fact that MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 is the clear choice by operators and service providers launching next generation video and TV services for broadcast (SD, HD), internet and mobile as well as for packaged media,” said Sebastian Moeritz, President, MPEG Industry Forum and CEO dicas.

“Increasingly operators are looking for guidance on how IP can be used to discriminate services and create increased ARPUs,” said David Price, Vice President, MPEGIF and Vice President at Harmonic Inc. “The rich line up of content owners, programmers and service operators who are already deploying IP based video services, and key technology providers in this space will provide an unparalleled level of industry expertise that will help remove some of the uncertainties in a rapidly evolving marketplace.”

HDTV market developing slowly in China

HDTV subscriber growth will be slow in China over the next several years, reaching a modest two million by 2011 as companies in the Chinese HDTV service market generally adopting wait-and-see strategies at present, In-Stat has reported. "The most important element in the service market is content production," says Simon Sun, In-Stat analyst. "At present, the majority of HDTV content is produced by government-led initiatives, and the quantity of programming is small."

In-Stat also added that HDTV subscriber revenue in China will reach $358m (E259m) and HDTV set shipments will reach 19.7 million by 2011.

DTV chip market to double by 2011

Booming sales of Digital Televisions (DTVs) during the coming years will yield huge opportunities for semiconductor suppliers, with revenue from shipments of chips for this segment expected to double from 2006 to 2011, iSuppli predicts. MP> Global DTV semiconductor market revenue will rise to $14.2bn in 2011, expanding from $7.1bn in 2006. Total semiconductor revenue includes the chips on DTV audio/video boards as well as those in other segments of the televisions, including the input/output circuitry, the drivers, audio and the power supply. It also encompasses voltage regulators, LCD drivers, backlight inverters, Plasma Display Panel (PDP) drivers and the Digital Light Processing (DLP), LCD and Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) chips for Rear-Projection Televisions (RPTVs).

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INDUSTRY NEWS

VSS Forecasts Shift to Alternative Media Strategies Will Drive U.S. Communications Spending Growth

While communications spending growth accelerated in 2006, outpacing nominal GDP for the fourth time in five years, consumer media usage declined following two consecutive years of decelerating growth, according to exclusive data released by Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS), a leading private equity firm dedicated to the media, communications, information and education industries.

Total communications spending increased 6.8% to a record $885.2 billion in 2006 and expanded at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.9% from 2001 to 2006, exceeding GDP growth in both periods, according to the VSS Communications Industry Forecast 2007-2011 (VSS Forecast), the 21st edition of the leading source for media spending, usage, and trends data (www.vss.com/forecast07). VSS tracking data for the first half of 2007 indicates that the communications industry is on pace to grow 6.4% this year and will post a CAGR of 6.7% in the 2006-2011 period, making it the third fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy. Strong gains in the alternative media and institutional end-user sectors are expected to drive growth, as communications spending tops $1 trillion for the first time in 2008. In what would be a watershed moment in communications history, VSS predicts that Internet advertising – including pure-play websites and digital extensions of traditional media – will replace newspapers as the largest ad medium in 2011.

For the first time since 1997, consumers spent less time with media in 2006 than they did the previous year, as media usage per person declined 0.5% to 3,530 hours, due to changing consumer behaviors and digital media efficiencies, according to the VSS Forecast. The drop in consumer media usage was driven by the continued migration of consumers to digital alternatives for news, information and entertainment, which require less time investment than their traditional media counterparts. For example, consumers typically watch broadcast or cable television at least 30 minutes per session while they spend as little as five to seven minutes viewing consumer-generated video clips online. VSS expects consumer media usage to stabilize in 2007 and increase slightly through 2011, as out-of-home media and videogames will be the only major segments to achieve accelerating growth in the forecast period compared with the 2001-2006 timeframe. Overall consumer time spent with media will increase at a CAGR of 0.5% from 2006 to 2011, compared with 0.8% in the previous five-year period.

The VSS Forecast is the only source to track, analyze and forecast spending, usage and trends in all 19 segments and more than 100 sub-segments of the U.S. media industry. The VSS Forecast also features the industry’s most accurate spending forecasts, producing a margin of error of +/- 2% for 9 of the last 10 years. The margin of error for the 2006 forecasts was + 0.4%.

In addition to shifting their attention to alternative media, consumers are also migrating away from advertising-supported media, such as broadcast TV and newspapers, to consumer-supported platforms, such as cable TV and videogames. Time spent with consumer-supported media grew at a CAGR of 19.8 percent from 2001 to 2006, while time spent with ad-supported media declined 6.3 percent in the period.

While consumers spent less time with media in 2006, media usage by institutional end-users grew 3.2 percent to 260 hours per employee, according to the first-ever analysis of business and government media usage included in this year’s VSS Forecast. Institutional media usage climbed at a CAGR of 3.3% in the 2001-2006 period, driven by the continued integration and increased use of online and digital platforms to enhance business performance and workflow. Institutional media usage will continue to grow from 2007 to 2011, although growth will decelerate slightly as the forecast period progresses.

“We are in the midst of a major shift in the media landscape that is being fueled by changes in technology, end-user behaviors and the response by brand marketers and communications companies,” said James Rutherfurd, Executive Vice President and Managing Director at VSS. “We expect these shifts to continue over the next five years, as time and place shifting accelerate while consumers and businesses utilize more digital media alternatives, strengthening the new media pull model at the expense of the traditional media push model.”

Fueled by faster growth in the alternative media segments, as well as the institutional end-user and marketing services sectors, total communications spending grew at an accelerated rate in 2006 and rebounded from the 2001-2002 recession to post solid growth for the 2001-2006 period. VSS divides the communications industry into four major end-user sectors – advertising, marketing, consumer, and institutional – and 19 different media segments in which those end users spend their dollars (see sector and segment analysis below for more details). The institutional sector, including business, education and government spending on media, information and related services, was the fastest-growing in the 2001-2006 period, expanding at a CAGR of 6.9% to $226.9 billion in 2006. Marketing services, exemplified by segments such as direct marketing, branded entertainment and promotions, followed with a CAGR of 6.6% from 2001 to 2006, with spending reaching $254.01 billion, making it the largest communications sector, according to the VSS Forecast. Advertising was the slowest growing sector with a 4.5% CAGR in the 2001-2006 period, due to the recession and challenges impacting traditional ad-based media.

The alternative advertising and marketing segments produced the strongest gains in the 2001-2006 period, as intensified competition for consumers’ time and attention amid a dizzying array of media choices prompted major brands to ratchet up their use of alternative media strategies. Spending on alternative advertising – including Internet, mobile, videogames and digital out-of-home, among others – grew 36.6 percent to $26.53 billion in 2006 and posted a CAGR of 23.9 percent from 2001 to 2006. Traditional advertising spending, however, grew only 2.4 percent to $183.21 billion in 2006 while producing a CAGR of 2.8 percent in the five-year period, hindered by slow growth in print-based newspapers, yellow pages and consumer magazines. Meanwhile, spending on alternative marketing – including branded entertainment, interactive marketing and e-custom publishing – increased 17.3 percent to $61.67 billion in 2006, and experienced a CAGR of 15.3 percent from 2001 to 2006. In contrast, spending on traditional marketing, such as direct mail and promotions, grew only 5.0 percent to $192.34 billion in 2006 and climbed at a CAGR of 4.5 percent from 2001 to 2006, according to the VSS Forecast.

The fastest growing media segments in the 2001-2006 period were outsourced custom publishing, branded entertainment; cable, satellite and RBOC TV services; and pure-play Internet and mobile services, all of which posted double-digit growth (see segment breakdown that follows).

“Leading national advertisers have accelerated their diversion of dollars from traditional print and broadcast media to alternative digital platforms to combat media and audience fragmentation, increased consumer control and multitasking, and the growing impact of advanced technology on conventional media models. The result has been the extraordinary growth of alternative advertising and marketing,” Rutherfurd said. “Meanwhile, the consumer sector has been hampered somewhat in recent years by downtrends in recorded music, home video and print circulation, although we expect improvement during the next five years. And the institutional sector has been buoyed by increased demand for digital workflow tools that improve efficiency and boost performance, a trend we anticipate to continue going forward.”

VSS projects total spending on communications will expand at a CAGR of 6.7% in the 2006-2011 period, outpacing U.S. economic growth and accelerating over the 2001-2006 industry performance. Primary drivers will be accelerating growth in institutional end-user and marketing services spending, in addition to the faster growth in alternative advertising and marketing. Communications spending will exceed $1 trillion for the first time in 2008 and reach $1.222 trillion in 2011, according to the VSS Forecast.

Institutional end-user spending is expected to remain the fastest-growing communications sector in the forecast period, producing a CAGR of 7.6 percent to $327.85 billion in 2011, followed by marketing services, which will remain the largest sector, climbing at a CAGR of 7.5 percent to $365.41 billion in 2011 (see forecast breakdowns below). Consumer end-user spending on cable TV access, videogames, music and books, among others, will post a CAGR of 5.8 percent from 2006-2011, while overall advertising spending will be the slowest growing industry sector with a 5.2 percent CAGR, VSS forecasts.

Alternative advertising and marketing will continue to spur growth in the communications industry in 2007 and through 2011, as alternative media is expected to expand at a CAGR of 17.4 percent in the period to $197.11 billion, while traditional advertising and marketing will post an aggregate CAGR of 3.2 percent to $438.99 billion in 2011. VSS projects the fastest-growing media segments over the next five years will be pure-play Internet and mobile services, branded entertainment, out-of-home media, outsourced custom publishing and public relations, with each producing CAGRs of between 10% and 15% in the five-year period. VSS expects total Internet advertising to reach $61.98 billion in 2011, surpassing newspapers as the nation’s largest ad medium.

HBO HD & Motorola Team Up

Motorola announced it will implement a 26-channel, high-definition (HD) MPEG-4 AVC encoding system for Home Box Office (HBO). Offered by Motorola’s Home and Networks Mobility Business, the system compresses, encrypts, modulates, and receives the HD signals within a single integrated transmission system to allow HBO to expand its HD offerings to subscribers.

"Motorola's implementation of the highly efficient MPEG-4 encoding standard provides the quality that we require and that our customers expect," said Bob Zitter, executive vice president, technology and chief technology officer, HBO.

Gray Q2 2007 Revenue Down

Gray Television, Inc. announced results from operations for the three months ("second quarter") and six months ended June 30, 2007 as compared to the three months and six months ended June 30, 2006.

On an as reported basis, total net revenue for all stations decreased $1.6 million, or 2%, to $79.8 million due primarily to decreased political advertising revenues and decreased national advertising revenues partially offset by increased local advertising revenue in the current year.

On an as reported basis, total broadcast expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss on disposal of assets) increased $3.5 million, or 8%, to $49.0 million.

On an as reported basis, corporate and administrative expenses, before depreciation, amortization and loss on disposal of assets increased $0.7 million, or 23%, to $3.6 million due primarily to incremental increases in

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COMPANY NEWS

Harris Corp. Q4 Revenue Up 22%

Harris Corporation reported that revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter ending June 29, 2007, increased 22 percent to $1.2 billion, compared to $1.0 billion in the prior-year quarter.

"Our fourth quarter results indicate solid momentum across each of our business segments, with double-digit organic growth and record-setting levels of new orders," said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "Our government businesses delivered excellent revenue growth on both a year-over-year and a sequential basis, while our commercial segments had significant sequential revenue and orders growth and improved operating performance."

Revenue in the RF Communications segment was $326 million in the fourth quarter, a 34 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter and a 7 percent sequential increase compared to the third quarter. Operating income was $112 million, and operating margin was 34.5 percent.

"RF Communications finished the year at a very strong pace," Lance said. "Orders for fiscal year 2007 were $1.3 billion, 19 percent higher than the previous year, with substantial increases in both U.S. and international markets. Year-end backlog increased to $800 million. Demand for our Falcon(R) II and Falcon(R) III tactical radios continues to be driven by their advanced features and strong performance in the field."

Revenue in the Broadcast Communications segment was $166 million in the fourth quarter, a sequential increase of 20 percent from the third quarter, with all three product areas showing higher sequential revenue. Segment revenue was 4 percent lower than the prior-year fourth quarter. Strong double-digit organic growth continued in the Video Infrastructure & Digital Media product area, increasing 16 percent compared to the prior-year quarter, as a result of increasing demand for new products. Revenue growth in the Video Infrastructure & Digital Media product area was offset by a 25 percent decline in Transmission revenue due to continued digital TV transmission softness and a 10 percent decline in Software Systems revenue.

The Broadcast Communications segment booked a record $186 million in new orders in the fourth quarter, with higher year-over-year orders in the Video Infrastructure & Digital Media and Software Systems product areas. Transmission orders were down slightly from the prior-year quarter, but were higher than revenue, increasing order backlog. Digital TV transmission shipments are expected to improve in fiscal year 2008 in anticipation of the February 2009 FCC-mandated transition to digital broadcasting.

"Fourth quarter trends were very positive in our Broadcast business," Lance said. "Revenue and operating income were sequentially higher compared to the third quarter and improved across all product areas. New orders in the quarter were very strong in Video Infrastructure & Digital Media, and we also saw higher orders in Software Systems. The new business pipeline looks promising as we drive increased revenue from new products. We are confident that we are better positioned for a stronger fiscal 2008."

Chyron Q2 2007 Earnings Release and Conference Call

Chyron Corporation announced plans to release its second-quarter 2007 results on Wednesday, August 8, 2007, after the close of the market. A conference call to review those results will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2007, at 12:00 PM EDT; this call will be broadcast live over the Internet and may be accessed at www.chyron.com or www.earnings.com.

Participant using the telephone should dial 866 383 8009 (US and Canada) or 617 597 5342 (International) and refer to passcode 35867302. Web participants are encouraged to go to either website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. The replay numbers and passcode are 888 286 8010 (US and Canada) or 617 801 6888 (International), 23996198; the online archives will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call on both sites. Each replay will continue for seven days, through August 16.

Focus Enhancements Q2 2007 Earnings Release and Conference Call

Focus Enhancements will host its Second Quarter 2007 Results Conference Call on Friday, August 10, 2007 at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Brett Moyer, president and chief executive officer, and Gary Williams, chief financial officer, will deliver prepared remarks and conduct a question and answer session. The second quarter 2007 results earnings release will be disseminated on Friday, August 10, 2007, 3:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

The call is being webcast by Thomson/CCBN and can be accessed at Focus Enhancements’ web site at www.focusinfo.com. The webcast will be available through November 10, 2007. If you do not have Internet access, the telephone dial-in number is 706-634-0182 for domestic and international participants. Please dial in five to ten minutes prior to the beginning of the call at 6:00 a.m. PT (9:00 a.m. ET). A telephone replay will be available through August 14th; dial 706-645-9291, and enter access code 12420625.

NDS Announces Acquisition of CastUp Inc

NDS Group Plc, a leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, announced the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of CastUp Inc, a leader in solutions for management and delivery of video over the Internet, for purchase price of $11.3 million in cash plus additional payments to employees and senior management. Completion is expected to occur during the first financial quarter of 2008.

CastUp Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary in Israel, provides an end to end solution for acquisition, processing, distributing, serving and monetizing of rich media content over IP and, in particular, video and audio over the Internet. Customers include major TV and media companies in Israel as well as the Israeli subsidiaries of large corporations like HP, Amdocs, MTV and Blockbuster.

Dr Abe Peled, NDS Chairman and CEO said: "We are very excited about the possibilities for new and comprehensive solutions for the delivery, management, and control of online media assets. We believe that NDS’ market-leading experience in securely delivering digital content, and our global presence will combine with CastUp’s proven technology to allow us to continue to enhance the businesses of our media and entertainment customers.” Through this important acquisition, NDS can meet the requirements of broadcasters for control, management, distribution, reporting, and monetization of their digital assets any time, anywhere and on any device. Dr Peled continued: “We are of course committed to serving all of CastUp’s current customers after the transaction closes, as well as helping the CastUp team expand their market penetration worldwide.”

Avi Ostfeld, CEO of CastUp, commented: ”This is a big win for our customers and employees, and for companies requiring rich media management, publishing, and robust delivery. By joining forces with NDS, our customers and employees will have access to one of the most accomplished and innovative high-tech companies and a leader in digital entertainment technology. CastUp's success was made possible by our extremely talented employees, whose expertise and teamwork allowed us to achieve a leading position in the market.”

Optibase Shares To Be Listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

Optibase Ltd. announced that following the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange listing approval, Optibase has filed today with the Israel Securities Authority a listing document pursuant to which the Company's ordinary shares will be listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange for trade on August 12, 2007.

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PRODUCT NEWS

Apple Unveils New iMac

Apple unveiled an all new all-in-one iMac(R) line featuring 20- and 24-inch widescreen displays encased in aluminum and glass enclosures. The entire new iMac line features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and a new, ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard, built-in iSight(R) video camera for video conferencing and iLife(R) '08, making it the ultimate digital lifestyle desktop computer for both consumers and professionals. The 20-inch iMac now starts at just $1,199, $300 less than the previous 20-inch model, and the 24-inch iMac starts at just $1,799, $200 less than the previous 24-inch model.

"This new iMac is the most incredible desktop computer we've ever made," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Our new design features the innovative use of materials, including professional-grade aluminum and glass, that are highly recyclable."

Softimage Unveils SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT 1.8 Software

Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology, announced the latest versions of its 3D animation software packages: SOFTIMAGE®|XSI® 6.5 and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT® 1.8. Softimage also announced plans to repackage its Essentials and Advanced versions of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 software to meet the specific needs of artists and studios, respectively. The latest version of SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT will offer enhancements for game development pipelines, along with hours of new training material. SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT 1.8 software are expected to be available Fall 2007, and the company will demonstrate these new products at the SIGGRAPH 2007 convention in San Diego, CA (August 7-9).

“Since our founding by Daniel Langlois, twenty years ago, Softimage has always prided itself on helping 3D artists unleash their creativity and to make the impossible come to life,” said Marc Stevens, vice president and general manager for Softimage. “Once again, we have been listening to our customers and prospects and we followed their advice when we made these improvements to our features, packaging and pricing. We believe that the changes we are making will set a new standard for value and productivity in the industry.”

SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials – equips artists with the features they need to create compelling 3D characters and content for games, film and television. The Essentials version now includes Hair & Fur, and Syflex Cloth capabilities. The price for Essentials will increase to $2,995 USMSRP; maintenance remains unchanged at $799 USMSRP, and upgrades remain unchanged at $999 USMSRP. XSI 6.5 Essentials will only be available to new customers and customers on active maintenance.

SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 XSI Advanced – enables technical directors and studio IT managers to set up and run a creative animation facility with a robust toolset, including everything in the SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 XSI Essentials package, plus Behavior, a crowd and behavioral simulation system, as well as five additional XSI Batch rendering licenses. The price for Advanced will decrease to $4,995 USMSRP and maintenance will decrease to $1333 USMSRP.

New Video Communication Server from TANDBERG

TANDBERG introduced the TANDBERG Video Communication Server, a multi-application network device that includes FindMe(TM), a new call forwarding application that personalizes and unifies business communications. The product also delivers call control and firewall traversal applications that now support Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) in addition to H.323.

While H.323 remains the established industry protocol for delivering core video functionality, SIP-gaining in popularity-enables video systems to leverage existing and next generation technologies. SIP is the foundation for integrating with both enterprise and service provider VoIP systems, it supports new features such as mobility and presence, and gives users access to familiar tools such as call forwarding, transferring and holding. As video moves toward the desktop, leveraging these technologies and delivering an increased level of personalization is critical to support user demands.

As the number of employees working from home and on the road grows, so too does the amount of time lost trying to reach someone who could be at any number of possible locations. Previously, when a caller was unsure of where a desired contact was at any given moment, the caller had to dial multiple numbers-video, mobile, home, and so forth-to reach the contact and would likely leave numerous voicemail messages at several locations.

FindMe(TM) better enables users to control how and where they are contacted through a simple administrative profile. Users can have their calls forwarded to multiple devices and choose where the call goes if there is no answer or they are busy. This allows callers to dial one number to find a person, not separate devices or separate numbers, bringing a higher level of personalization and usability to video communications by allowing individuals to be easily reached anytime, anywhere.

"Faced with an increasing number and type of communication devices, the TANDBERG Video Communication Server helps companies ensure that its employees can seamlessly reach each other regardless of location or communication device in use," said Fredrik Halvorsen, TANDBERG chief executive officer. "It's about reaching the person, not the device."

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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

QuStream announces changes to management team

QuStream Corporation announced several new assignments to its management team.

Karlton Burn assumes the position of Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing reporting to QuStream Chairman, President and CEO Frederick L. Godard. Karlton Burn will oversee the global sales development & operation, channel management, customer service and marketing communication functions.

Robert McAlpine, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Communication has tendered his resignation after 30 years with PESA and now QuStream. He will remain with QuStream for a mutually agreed period before moving on to pursue his interests.

QuStream has appointed functional vice presidents for four business segments reporting directly to Karlton Burn:

Randy Lloyd assumes the new position of Vice President, U.S. Sales – Western Region. He is responsible for the western U.S. region sales management and strategic marketing. Previously, he had been the Vice President of Strategic Sales since 2004 and has been with the Company since 1990.

Robert Hivner has been promoted to Vice President, U.S. Sales – Eastern Region. He will be responsible for the eastern U.S. region sales management and strategic marketing. Prior to his promotion, Robert has served as the sales area manager in a number of different regions, most recently as the Mid-Atlantic Area Sales Manager. He has been with the Company since 1997.

Kent Cawthorne assumes the newly created position as Vice President, Customer Support. He will oversee the general sales operation and customer support of the U.S. market plus assist in maintaining global channel programs. He has been with the Company since 2001 and has been involved in the industry for 17 years.

Kirk White continues to serve as Vice President, Government Sales. He is responsible for all sales management, support and strategic marketing of the U.S. government market. Kirk has been with the Company since 1984.

VBrick’s Appoints Vince Graziani as CEO

VBrick Systems, provider of one of the world’s most widely deployed network video appliances, announced that Vince Graziani has been appointed Chief Executive Officer.

For over twenty years Vince Graziani’s leadership at technological innovators like Sandburst, Broadcom, Intel, and Siemens has impacted the market place by significantly increasing market share and new product development.

Mr. Graziani most recently served as Sr. Director, Business Development and Strategic Alliances at Broadcom Corporation. Prior to Broadcom, Mr. Graziani was President and CEO of Sandburst Corporation where he established Sandburst’s strategic product direction and raised four rounds of venture financing. In addition he oversaw the development of Sandburst’s highly complex chipsets for 10Gbps Ethernet applications.

Vince Graziani replaces Fred Geyer, who remains on the board of directors, and is stepping down as CEO after 7 years of service.

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RESEARCH NEWS

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