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Continental Plastics Selects Rugged Routers from Encore Networks for High Speed Serial-to-IP Conversion

Encore’s BANDIT 3 ™ Eliminates Continental’s Slow, Expensive DDS Circuits and Provides a Secure, Economical IP Network

Chantilly, VA, October 1, 2010 - Encore Networks today announced that Continental Plastics Company has installed Encore's industrially hardened (rugged) router, the BANDIT-3™, to provide Serial-to-IP conversion between their Fraser, Michigan corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities. As part of the plan to reduce legacy network operating costs while migrating to an IP infrastructure, Continental utilized the high speed serial protocol conversion capabilities of the BANDIT-3™ to eliminate their costly Digital Data Service (DDS) circuits.

"By eliminating our expensive DDS, we realized an immediate reduction in network operating costs," stated Bill Soule, Information Technology Manager of Continental Plastics. "Also, by installing the BANDIT we were able to retain much of our existing legacy equipment, allowing us to upgrade to IP at our own pace."

Encore's BANDIT-3™ is an industrially hardened cyber security router with an integrated firewall, terminal server, serial-to-IP conversion, legacy protocol conversion and Virtual Private Network (VPN) functionality. Ideally suited for the harsh environments located in manufacturing facilities, the BANDIT-3™ ensures secure, high-throughput voice and data networking connections directly to cellular, VSAT or terrestrial networks.

"The rugged BANDIT is significantly more robust than standard routers and less susceptible to failure in areas with high levels of electromagnetic interference, inordinate levels of vibration or shock and wide ranges in temperatures," said Matthew Girard, Senior Director of Business Development for Encore Networks.

"Continental's application is at the core of our strength in Legacy-to-IP conversion significantly improving network availability and reliability." Continental Plastics is a leader in manufacturing thermoplastic injection molded interior and exterior products for the automotive industry. Founded in 1951, Continental operates multiple facilities throughout Michigan and Georgia.

Mr. Girard continued, "Even though Continental has modern, state-of-the-art facilities, they are still manufacturing plants. The hardened technology of the BANDIT provides them with the peace of mind that their network will not go down due to any unforeseen interference in their manufacturing environment."

To learn more about Encore Networks line of industrially hardened and commercial grade VPN security solutions visit www.encorenetworks.com or e-mail info@encorenetworks.com.

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.

Encore Networks Contact:
Matthew Girard
Senior Director, Business Development 703-318-4360 mgirard@encorenetworks.com

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