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Champion Technology Services Selects Rugged Routers from Encore Networks for Satellite VPN Communications

Champion Completes Multiple Installations of Encore’s Industrially Hardened Substation Routers for SCADA Applications over Satellite

Chantilly, VA, August 9, 2010 – Encore Networks today announced that Champion Technology Services, Inc. has deployed Encore’s BANDIT™ line of IP+Legacy industrially hardened routers for satellite VPN solutions. By installing the BANDIT™ in substations throughout the Southwestern US, Champion has provided secure Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) communications over satellite for one of their large Gas and Oil utility customers.

Founded in 2000, industrial automation and control systems integrator, Champion Technology Services specializes in wireless communications, satellite networks and data management. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Champion has offices throughout Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Utah and serves customers nationwide.

“We are very excited to have been chosen by Champion as a technology partner,” said Scott Burk, Director of Sales for Encore Networks. “By combining Encore solutions with Champion’s experience and understanding of the challenges providing satellite communications to remote areas, we are able to deliver secure high-speed satellite networks to rural regions, protecting customer assets and providing a smooth migration path to next generation IP applications and services.”

Encore’s patented Selective Layer Encryption (SLE) securely connects satellite networks with terrestrial Internet links as part of an end-to-end VPN solution. SLE allows Champion to provide their utility customer with complete security of all data transmitted between their processing facilities and control centers. The serial protocol to IP support capabilities in the BANDIT™ ensures the seamless migration of SCADA functions over their legacy network to a secure, encrypted satellite IP network.

“SLE was a big reason we decided to include the hardened Bandit in our product portfolio over those of other router manufacturers,” said Scott LaDue, Control Systems Engineer for Champion Technology Services. “Unlike traditional VPN solutions, SLE eliminated the performance degradation normally associated with running IPsec VPN’s over satellite connections while providing secure data encryption.”

About Champion Technology Services, Inc.
Champion Technology Services, Inc. www.champtechnology.com was founded in 2000 with a main focus in industrial automation and control systems integration and has expanded that focus to include data management, wireless communications, and tower maintenance and path surveys. Champion’s large staff of professionals is located in offices throughout Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Utah and serves customers all across the US.

About Encore Networks
Encore Networks www.encorenetworks.com 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 environmentally and electrical immunity 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, railroad wayside stations, transportation, construction sites and point-of-sale infrastructures. Encore’s advanced signaling and voice inter-working solutions support circuit-to-packet migration of voice services, on premises or in the central office. Encore is a member of the Virtual Private Network Consortium (VPNC), the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC), and the ZigBee Alliance.

Champion Technology Services, Inc. Contact:
John P. Hargroder
Salt Lake City Business Manager

Encore Contact:
Tony Crane
Director, Marketing Services
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