Companies to Develop Mobile IP Solutions for Global Distribution
CHICAGO and SEATTLE - July 1, 2003 - PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCTI) and Birdstep Technology (OSE: BIRD) today announced that they will integrate Birdstep's Intelligent Mobile IP Client software with PCTEL's Segue™ Roaming Client.
Commercially available in Q4, the combined product offers a complete roaming solution for service providers, PC OEMs, handheld mobile data device manufacturers and various channel and reseller partners.
"Our Segue™ Roaming Client is widely regarded as the industry standard for wireless data roaming and we are significantly boosting our seamless capabilities by working with Birdstep," said Marty Singer, PCTEL chairman and chief executive officer. "By combining our technology strengths and expertise, this relationship will create the classic win -win situation, especially for our customers."
PCTEL's Segue™ Roaming Client offers an intuitive process that gives mobile users secure, seamless access and roaming capabilities for Wi -Fi networks and Cellular Data Networks in public areas, at the office, and in the home. The Segue™ Roaming Client benefits both service providers and their subscribers by providing:
Consistent look and feel regardless of operating system platform
Automatic presentation of user credentials dependent on the network being accessed
User prioritization of network connection choices (between multiple available WLANs and Cellular Networks)
Network specific profiles for automatically launching VPN clients, modifying proxy settings, or automatically launching other applications
Easy location of WLAN networks utilizing an integrated database
Birdstep's Intelligent Mobile IP Client enables secure and continuous connectivity of mobile devices through any network - including LAN, WLAN, Wi -Fi, Bluetooth and cellular. Birdstep's Mobile IP client also offers a unique VPN on/off feature that automatically leverages a company's existing VPN when accessing external, unsecured networks, such as public hot spots or cellular connections.
"Our Mobile IP technology will add flexibility and convenience to PCTEL's Segue Roaming Client," said Hans -Arne L'orange, chief executive officer for Birdstep. " We believe our combined solution will have a great deal of appeal around the world as the growth of next -generation WLAN and WWAN data networks continues to accelerate."
PCTEL, founded in March 1994, is a leading provider of Wi -Fi and cellular mobility software, software -defined radio products and access technology. PCTEL's products include WLAN software products (Segue™ Product Line) that simplify installation, roaming, Internet access and billing. Through its subsidiary, DTI, the company designs, develops and distributes OEM receivers and receiver -based products that measure and monitor cellular networks. The company maintains a portfolio of more than 120 analog and broadband communications and wireless patents, issued or pending, including key and essential patents for modem technology. The company's products are sold or licensed to PC manufacturers, PC card and board manufacturers, wireless carriers, wireless ISPs, software distributors, wireless test and measurement companies, and system integrators. PCTEL headquarters are located at 8725 West Higgins Road, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60631. Telephone: 773 -243 -3000. For more information, please visit our web site at: http://www.pctel.com.
About Birdstep Technology
Birdstep Technology Inc. was founded in Oslo, Norway in 1996 and is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE) under ticker "BIRD". The company has approximately 80 employees in Oslo and Seattle. Birdstep's small footprint, high performance database technologies combined with its wireless roaming and access software enables companies to build innovative solutions for embedded systems and the Mobile Internet. Named a 2002 Comet Award winner by Communication Systems Design magazine, Birdstep makes your information accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device and on any infrastructure. For more information, visit www.birdstep.com.
PCTEL SAFE HARBOR
This press release contains forward -looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Specifically, these forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, the statements regarding the potential customer benefits from the combination of PCTEL's Segue Roaming Client with Birdstep's Intelligent Mobile IP Client software and the anticipated capabilities of the products and services resulting from the combined technologies. These statements are based on PCTEL's current expectations and anticipated customer benefits and product capabilities may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, PCTEL's and Birdstep's success at developing and supporting the roaming solution, the success of marketing, selling and supporting these products and services; potential delays or errors in product and service development; whether such products and services achieve market acceptance; PCTEL and Birdstep's ability to forecast customer requirements; competition from other providers of wireless technology, and pricing uncertainties with respect to these products and services. The risks and uncertainties in the company's business, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in PCTEL's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, can affect results. These forward -looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and PCTEL disclaims any obligation to update or revise the information contained in any forward -looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Birdstep Safe Harbor
This news release contains forward -looking statements, including statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those associated with unpredictability and volatility of the price of Birdstep Technology's Common Stock, the performance of and conditions in the Norwegian and world financial markets, the policies and actions of the Norwegian and other governments, and the general political, economic and business conditions in Norway and elsewhere. Actual results could differ materially, as a result of such factors, from those set forth in forward -looking statements.