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Red-M First to Enable Third Generation--3G--Mobile Services With Bluetooth
Posted: 04-Jun-2001 [Source: Red-M press release]

[Red-M demonstrates convergence of mobile data, voice and video communications at Bluetooth Congress 2001, Monte Carlo ]

Wexham Springs, UK -- Red-M(TM), a leading supplier of advanced Bluetooth(TM) networking product solutions, today announces the next step in its strategy of providing seamless mobility using Bluetooth technology. For the first time, Red-M is showing the delivery of third generation (3G) mobile services using an in-building Bluetooth network to a range of mobile devices. The system illustrates the potential of converged data, voice and video wireless communications and the ability of Bluetooth to provide these services in local environments such as public concourses, offices and homes. At the core of the system is Red-M's award winning Bluetooth networking products and technology - the 3000AS access server, 1000AP access point and Red-M BIAS(TM) (Bluetooth Internet access server) software. These Bluetooth certified products demonstrate the power of piconet-based networking applications. Using the network, users can:

- Make phone calls over the Bluetooth network from a Bluetooth enabled headset via a Red-M access point and access server, out to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) - Experience voice and video streaming media on a range of handheld devices including web tablets and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) - Participate in multi-user video conferencing and use video security applications over a Bluetooth network - Access Internet and Intranet web and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) content from a range of computer, PDA and phone devices - Perform m-commerce transactions over the Bluetooth network - Connect between office and home for email and other applications over a secure VPN connection

Comments Simon Gawne, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Red-M, "We believe the delivery of local wireless networks using Bluetooth is highly complementary to the roll-out of third generation (3G) cellular services. For the first time we have demonstrated the potential of Bluetooth as a local, in-building 3rd generation network that combines data, voice and video communications on one network. This network further demonstrates the exciting potential for Bluetooth and power of Red-M's technology."

About Red-M

Red-M is an acknowledged leader in the Bluetooth networking market. The company develops and markets hardware and software product solutions that enable mobile data, voice and video communications inside buildings and public concourses to a range of devices - including computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), wireless application protocol (WAP) smart phones and other emerging information appliances - using wireless Bluetooth technology. Red-M was founded as an internal start-up of Madge Networks N.V. (NASDAQ:MADGF) and is now an associate company, having secured $35m second round funding from Apax Partners and Amadeus Capital in April 2001. Red-M launched the world's first Bluetooth networking products in October 2000 with the 3000AS access server and 1000AP access point. The company has filed a number of patents around the design and implementation of Bluetooth networking technology, including its unique Red-M BIAS(TM) (Bluetooth Internet access server) technology. Red-M has won several awards including the first ever Award for Innovation at the annual Bluetooth Congress in June 2000 and more recently PC Magazine's `UK Technical Innovation Award'. Red-M is an Associate Member of the Bluetooth Special Internet Group (SIG) and is an active member of the Personal Area Networking (PAN) working group. Information on Red-M can be found at www.red-m.com.

About Bluetooth

Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology is set to revolutionize the personal connectivity market by providing freedom from wired connections. It is a specification for a small form-factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable and handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter companies 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and more than 2,200 adopter companies. Red-M, the Red-M logo, Red-M BIAS, are trademarks, and in some jurisdictions may be registered trademarks of Red-M (Communications) Ltd. Madge is a trademark, and in some jurisdictions may be a registered trademark of Madge Networks N.V. or its affiliated companies. Other trademarks appearing in this release are the property of their respective owners. PC Magazine's UK Technical Innovation Awards is a trademark of VNU Business Publications Limited.

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