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New Horizon Electrical Cooperative Selects Rugged Substation Routers from Encore Networks

Encore’s BANDIT-3™ Industrially Hardened, IP+Legacy Routers will provide Network Diversity with Integrated Frame Relay and 3G Cellular Backup

Chantilly, VA May 24, 2010 – Encore Networks today announced that New Horizon Electric Cooperative has selected Encore’s industrially hardened VPN router, the BANDIT-3™, for its Frame Relay network upgrade. By installing the BANDIT-3™ in substations throughout South Carolina, New Horizon adds Integrated Frame Relay and 3G cellular backup for improved communications and network diversity. Team Telecom, one of Encore’s key channel partners, provided the routers.

New Horizon is a leading Cooperative Service Provider of substation design, project management, construction, maintenance and testing for its five member electric distribution cooperatives. Headquartered in Laurens, South Carolina, New Horizon provides electric service to over 186,000 consumers utilizing the latest technologically engineered software, products and practices.

The Integrated Frame Relay feature of the BANDIT™ combined with its Legacy protocol support provides New Horizon with a single box network access solution. The 3G Cellular Backup function is ideal for disaster recovery and out-of-band management applications. The BANDIT™ provides complete configuration freedom to any transmission service. With its extensive failover capabilities, the BANDIT™ allows any network connection to serve as either a primary or back-up WAN service. The BANDIT™ supports all variants of the SCADA protocol, both bit and byte-oriented, with encryption of all traffic and complete remote management capabilities.

“Part of being NERC compliant is the requirement that Utilities use multi-network solutions for diversity, automated fail-over and management access,” said Matt Girard, Encore Networks Senior Director of Business Development. “The Bandit enables New Horizon to meet this regulatory requirement and, due to its industrially hardened features, provides a secure, high performing SCADA product that can be installed in substations subject to harsh environmental conditions.”

About Encore Networks
Encore Networks is a leader in secure, IP+Legacy Virtual Private Network (VPN) routers for converged and broadband solutions. Carriers and enterprises, both large and small, rely on Encore's innovative VPN and security solutions for wireless, satellite, and terrestrial networks that support both legacy devices and Internet Protocol (IP) routing standards. Encore's industrially hardened (rugged) routers are Smart Grid enabled and designed for mission critical applications in harsh environments with wide temperature ranges found in utility substations, industrial plant floors, mobile transportation, construction sites and point-of-sale. Encore is a member of the Virtual Private Network Consortium (VPNC), the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC), and the ZigBee Alliance.

About Team Telecom
Team Telecom, LLC located in Lexington, North Carolina, is a Minority and Woman owned telecommunications distributor and value-added service provider of new, surplus and used telecommunications equipment. Team Telecom’s focus is to provide central office, outside plant, wireless, networking, power, cable and transmission equipment. Customers consist of Utilities, Government, Wireless, Universities, ILEC’s, CLEC’s, ISP’s, IXC’s, EF&I Companies, Resellers and OEM’s.

Encore Contact:
Matt Girard
Senior Director of Business Development

Media Contact:
Tony Crane

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