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NCD's ThinPATH Software Now Available to Federal Customers Through Intelligent Decisions' SEWP III Contract
Portland, OR - March 4, 2003 - Network Computing Devices, Inc. ((NCD) (OTC: NCDI.PK)), a leading producer of thin-client solutions, today announced the availability of its ThinPATH software to federal customers through Intelligent Decisions'(ID) SEWP III contract.
SEWP is a Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) offering a wide range of advanced technologies to all federal agencies (including the Department of Defense) and their authorized contractors. Intelligent Decisions was the only small business awarded two contracts from NASA for SEWP III in Class 10, Computer Support Devices, and Class 12, Security Systems and Tools.
NCD's ThinPATH Software and NC900s are approved products on the Class 10 contract. NASA estimates the maximum SEWP III contract value to be $4 billion over five years.
In order to streamline this acquisition process, ID has just launched the first federal contract vehicle that enables government agencies to easily and quickly select and purchase advanced technology, such as NCD's ThinPATH PC, ThinPATH Portal and ThinPATH Executive software.
NCD has been supplying thin-client solutions via the SEWP contract since its inception in 1991 with X Terminals such as the NC900 Series. Now NCD will offer its ThinPATH software suite, including ThinPATH PC and ThinPATH Portal, which offer a unique approach to providing flexible desktop management and control to PCs. Customers benefit from simplifying the desktop, using existing or new PC hardware, reducing the cost of ownership of their infrastructure and can increase the number of desktops they manage without having to increase staff. All of these enhanced efficiencies and cost-saving benefits can be realized immediately, an important consideration in today's tough economic climate.
ThinPATH PC converts PCs into flexible, manageable thin-client desktops. This solution transforms a PC into the ultimate thin-client device that can support environments that need the locked-down desktop control of a thin client while maintaining the flexibility of a PC for local application support and I/O. Additionally this is a "future-proof" solution that prepares organizations for future application demands because it is built on standard PC architecture.
ThinPATH Portal is an application installed on a Windows 2000 server that centrally manages thin-client PCs enabled with ThinPATH PC and other selected thin-client devices. Single-point management control includes automated software updates, group-managed configuration and connection settings. ThinPATH Portal uses standard Internet technology to enable operation across existing firewalls and network structures.
ThinPATH Executive is a bundled software package that allows remote desktop mirroring and interaction, provides local I/O support such as printing and audio in/out for thin clients and enables the use of local storage in a thin-client environment. ThinPATH software can be procured immediately through Intelligent Decisions' SEWP (Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement) III contract.
In addition to NCD's software solutions, Intelligent Decisions will continue to offer the NCD family of X Terminals. Available are the N916-WW, N948-WW, N980-WW and the NCBridge software. Unique to the marketplace, the NC900 Business Network Computer combines the best of evolutionary and revolutionary thin client technology to deliver a proven computing solution at an outstanding price-to-performance ratio. When combined with NCBridge software, the NC900 offers simultaneous windowed access to a local Netscape Navigator browser, X11 clients, PC applications, Java and legacy applications. Using the local ICA client, the NC900 can access Microsoft Windows 2000 applications running Citrix MetaFrame software.
"In order to give customers what they need in today's economy, we are providing solutions that greatly simplify the complexity of the desktop and leverages the power of server-based computing," explained Frank Bernard, director of NCD North America sales. "This will allow them to easily expand their computing environment to meet increasing support demands and do it with existing personnel." Companies will discover that this approach meets their IT needs better and more cost-effectively than investing in comprehensive PC management tools that require dedicated developer and support staff, plus additional prerequisite systems that may be difficult to install in a distributed system. This is the first step in a whole new way to manage thin client and PC environments using web services technologies, and NCD is very pleased to be making this important new solution available today."
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include statements regarding the consummation of the acquisition of the NCD thin client product line, the partnership of Neoware and NCD, continued development, support and enhancement of the ThinSTAR products, the ability of ThinSTAR customers to continue to receive upgrades, revenue and profit growth, the seamless transition for ThinSTAR customers, increased market share, increased distribution channels, broader product offerings, improved products and services, the addition of knowledgeable employees, acceleration and enhancement of Neoware's growth strategy, increased focus on Neoware's competitive advantages, the reduction in product costs, Neoware's development of key relationships and continued investment in sales and marketing. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements also include statements regarding NCD's receipt of the contingent portion of the sale consideration, Neoware's purchase of NCD's European operations and future partnership between NCD and Neoware. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in any such forward-looking statement include Neoware's ability to successfully integrate the NCD thin client business and to lower its costs, Neoware's timely development and customers' acceptance of Neoware's appliance computing products, including the former NCD thin client products, pricing pressures, rapid technological changes in the industry, growth of the appliance computing market, increased competition, Neoware's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, including the former NCD employees, Neoware's ability to identify and consummate future acquisitions, adverse changes in general economic conditions in the U.S. and internationally, and risks associated with foreign operations and political and economic uncertainties associated with current world events. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in Neoware's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2001