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PacStar Granted Patent for Deployable, Software-Managed, Broadband Communications System

Friday, July 10, 2009

Portland, OR -- PacStar, a technology-based provider of communications solutions to the military and government, announced that it has been granted a new patent for deployable broadband communications systems by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

PacStar has been granted U.S. patent number 7,535,861 for a mobile, integrated communications system establishing a self-supported broadband communications network contained in ruggedized transit cases, managed by PacStar's IQ-Core™ Software system management software. This technology is deployed throughout PacStar's portfolio of advanced, deployable, unified communications equipment based on Cisco Systems and third-party commercial-off-the-shelf networking/communications equipment, designed for Military, Homeland Security, Disaster Recovery and Enterprise customers.

The invention represents a fundamental shift in the methods which organizations can use to deploy advanced communications. By including IQ-Core technologies in deployable communications solutions, organizations are now able to deploy the most advanced commercial-off-the-shelf networking technologies without the need to train field operators to be advanced networking experts. IQ-Core Software automates routine, difficult, or error-prone setup, configuration and management tasks. IQ-Core Software reduces setup time, and improves system uptime by reducing configuration errors. IQ-Core Software is especially valuable in reducing the complexity of tasks related to the deployment of unified communications solutions that provide voice, data, video and application services in the field.

The technology was developed and patented by the PacStar product development team, responsible for the creation of innovative solutions to customer challenges. This marks the first patent awarded to PacStar's IQ-Core technologies and demonstrates the PacStar commitment to advancing the state-of-the-art in deployable communications solutions.

"The government and U.S. military increasingly rely on broadband unified communications in the field. However, the number and complexity of services being deployed are rapidly out-pacing organizations' abilities to train on advanced technologies. PacStar IQ-Core Software fundamentally reduces that complexity trend, enabling more widespread deployment of advanced, unified communications," said Charlie Kawasaki, Chief Technology Officer of PacStar and co-inventor. "Agencies have expressed interest in having PacStar's powerful, wizard-based approach in an easily transportable, secure communications package. The invention addresses that need."

The invention is embodied in PacStar's broad product family of software-managed deployable communications solutions, including the PacStar 4100, PacStar 6300 and PacStar 5500 solutions, which deliver Defense Switched Network (DSN) voice and data services, can connect to LAN or satellite, and can support IP or analog phones. The packages can also provide access to data networks such as NIPRNet and SIPRNet and are configurable based on user requirements.

"Providing reliable, quick-to-set-up access to the defense network ensures our soldiers are effectively able to respond to any level of conflict or disaster worldwide," said Kawasaki.

PacStar maintains a diverse portfolio of intellectual property, such as copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and technological know-how. In particular, PacStar frequently applies for patents in the United States to protect its inventions. PacStar has applied for patents in a variety of areas, including management software technologies and deployed communications ruggedization technologies.

About PacStar

Pacific Star Communications (PacStar™) is a leading technology-based systems integrator providing total communications solutions that empower military, federal and local governments, and emergency responders with reliable, interoperable communications capabilities. Our patented IQ-Core Software and hardware technology and integration/installation services provide secure command control and communications systems, particularly in remote or infrastructure-starved areas. In addition, PacStar provides a full range of communications solutions to commercial businesses and telecommunications service providers.

For more information, please visit or call 888-872-1512.

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