NCD Thin Clients To Support Elo Touchmonitors Natively; Touch Input Seen As An Important Capability For Healthcare, Retail and Kiosk Applications

Wednesday, April 28, 1999 8:26 AM EST

CHICAGO (April 28) BW HEALTHWIRE -April 28, 1999--Network Computing Devices, Inc., (Nasdaq:NCDI), the leading supplier of thin client hardware and software, will now support Elo TouchSystems' CRT and LCD touchmonitors, in order to provide thin client solution developers with the leading touch technology.

"NCD is focused on providing intuitive, manageable and scaleable information access for a wide range of industry applications. Interactive touchmonitors are a critical requirement for many customers today," said Rosanna Fay, Director of Partner Marketing for NCD.

"NCD's customers in healthcare and retail have specifically requested the ability to use Elo TouchSystems' technology with our award winning NCD ThinSTAR CE Windows-based Terminals."

According to Frost & Sullivan's latest Kiosk Industry analysis, "85% of all kiosks use touchscreen displays." Point-of-information (POI), and Point-of-purchase (POP) solutions are taking the niche kiosk solution concept into mainstream adoption with next generation ATMs, ticketing stations, hotel concierge stations, airline check in, and internet payphones.

Hospitals and pharmacies are also looking at this alternative to reduce labor intensive repetitive tasks and improve overall customer service.

As an intuitive transaction interface that improves customer service delivery, touchmonitors are the leading input choice today. Hardware management is easier and more cost effective when remote servers, rather than fat clients, supply content and application functionality.

The small footprint of NCD's thin client, coupled with the simplicity of a device that has no moving parts, makes thin clients the ideal platform for touch solution scenarios. NCD's CE-based ThinSTAR and the Elo touchmonitor product line provide today's solution architects and end-users with a manageable and capable presentation layer platform.

"Elo TouchSystems is pleased to offer its CRT and LCD touchmonitors to NCD customers and channel partners who want a CE solution," said Annemarie Feely, an Elo TouchSystems Market Manager.

"Our interactive touchmonitors add tremendous capability to a thin client solution. They are available today in a desktop, panel mount and kiosk form factor. The latest NCD CE kernel includes Elo's CE Driver, and uses the Microsoft RDP protocol to handle the presentation layer protocol. Now a thin client can support all of Elo's touchmonitors, right out of the box."

NCD will be showing the latest 15-inch desktop LCD Elo touchmonitor with NCD ThinSTAR Windows-based terminals in their exhibit at the Healthcare Informatics Expo and Conference, in Chicago, April 28th and 29th, booth No. 515. Other Elo touchmonitors can also be seen at the Healthcare Informatics Expo in the Elo TouchSystems booth No. 906.


Founded in 1988, Network Computing Devices, Inc., is the leading provider of thin client hardware and software that delivers simultaneous, high-performance, easy-to-manage, simple access to any application from thin client, UNIX and PC desktops.

NCD's products include the NCD ThinSTAR Windows-based Terminals and NCD Business Network Computer family of thin clients; NCD ThinPATH software to extend the functionality reach of NCD ThinSTAR Windows-based Terminals and for implementing thin client computing to a variety of enterprise desktops; NCD WinCenter multi-user Windows NT-based server software and NCD PC-Xware software that delivers PC access to UNIX.

Over 1 million NCD thin clients are installed with over 3 billion hours of operation. The company can be reached on the Internet at:


Elo TouchSystems, Inc., global leader in touch technology, develops, manufactures and markets a complete line of touch products that simplify the interface between people and computers worldwide.

Founded in 1971, Elo has headquarters in Fremont, California and offices worldwide. Elo TouchSystems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raychem Corporation (NYSE:RYC). For more information on Elo products and services, contact Elo TouchSystems at 800-ELO-TOUCH (800-356-8682) or visit Elo's Web site at Direct electronic mail inquiries to [email protected]

Note to Editors: Network Computing Devices, WinCenter and PC-Xware are registered trademarks of Network Computing Devices, Inc. ThinSTAR, ThinPATH and Explora, are trademarks of Network Computing Devices, Inc. Other trademarks are the acknowledged property of their respective holders.


CONTACT: Network Computing Devices, Mountain View, Calif.
Arlene Dickson, 650/903-7444
[email protected]
Elo TouchSystems, Inc., Fremont
Susan Pagani, 510/739-4671
[email protected]
Phase Two Strategies, San Francisco
Kevin Clark, 415/772-8428
[email protected]

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