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Ridgeway Systems & Software Reseller Announcement

News item: July 16, 2002

Video & audio conferencing through your firewall without security risks. VideoCentric & Ridgeway IPFreedom solution.

Wokingham, Berkshire, UK – July 16, 2002 – VideoCentric Limited, the Video-over-IP Specialist who resell and integrate best in class technology for voice and video communication over IP have signed an agreement with Ridgeway Systems & Software to resell its innovative Video Freedom software in the UK and the Middle East.

As an authorized Ridgeway Reseller, VideoCentric will offer its customers complete video communications solutions which overcome security obstacles such as Firewall’s and NAT’s (Network Address Translations) without the requirement for costly network infrastructure upgrades and without the need for reloading existing video-over-IP endpoints.

VideoCentric, a UK-based company deploys end-user solutions in the UK and Eire, and distributes products through a network of resellers in the Middle East, providing advice and guidance on the purchasing of videoconferencing systems, multipoint controllers, gateways and video-PBX software as well as live and recorded streaming servers and gateways for internet delivery. Now, by partnering with Ridgeway, it is able to extend its customer base to include those with valid concerns about the security of video communications over mixed private and public networks.

David Shimell, General Manager of VideoCentric Ltd said “The biggest obstacle we face in the widespread adoption of end-to-end IP video communications is that most of the serious customers out there are even more serious about security. The Firewall’s and NAT routers they have installed simply do not support the real-time IP communications protocols (H.323 and SIP) used by our technology, and we need a solution that is non-intrusive on users or on network architecture. In Ridgeway we have found exactly what we are looking for.

“”We are pleased to sign a reseller agreement with VideoCentric. Both our companies employ staff who have been involved with the evolution of video-over-IP since its introduction in the mid-90s,” said Graham Seabrook, co-founder of Ridgeway in 1998. “We believe that our new partnership will provide new opportunities for both companies and allow corporate and educational customers to deploy secure multi-site video communications with more confidence. VideoCentric’s multi-vendor approach combined with Ridgeway’s open architecture software, means that customers can be assured of full interoperability between all the leading brands of videoconferencing systems, routers, Firewall’s and gateways”.

For a free 30-day trial of Ridgeway software, please see www.ridgewaysystems.com
This software can be downloaded directly from the web site and offers a client solution for individual workstations (personal client software) or large-scale deployments (group client software).

About Ridgeway

Ridgeway is a privately-held company, currently deploying patent-pending software products, IP Freedom, VideoFreedom, and VoiceFreedom, that enable IP Voice and Video traffic to seamlessly and securely traverse through all of the various desktop to desktop Firewall’s and NATS, through the boundaries of multiple private and public networks, and through the global internet — extending and enabling the untapped demand for end-to end, any-to-any, real-time, interactive, IP Video Conferencing and Voice Communications. Ridgeway is headquartered in Oceanport NJ with operational offices in Austin TX, Atlanta GA and Reading, England. For more information please visit our web site at: www.ridgewaysystems.com

About VideoCentric

VideoCentric is an integrator & reseller of the world’s leading video conferencing and streaming products from RADVision, Codian, Polycom, Tandberg, Emblaze-VCON, Lifesize, SONY & Canon. Headquartered in the Thames Valley, England, with satellite sites in Edinburgh and Ayr Scotland, VideoCentric markets its products and services primarily in the UK but has also formed associations with other Companies worldwide to facilitate the global supply and support of major corporations and system integrators, including those of Cisco, Avaya, Mitel, IBM and Nortel. VideoCentric’s bandwidth services include the supply of ISDN, ADSL, ADSL-Max, SDSL and uncontended leased lines for video and voice over IP, and their other value added services include free demonstrations, long-term rental, short-term hire, installation, maintenance, training, managed multipoint and 24×7 video dial-in support. For more information, visit www.videocentric.co.uk or telephone 0118 9798910 (England/Wales) or 0131 473 2351 (Scotland).

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