EICON TECHNOLOGY: Eicon forms INETCO partnership to promote multiple protocol support on its WAN cards

Wednesday, June 23, 1999 5:27 PM EST

JUN 23, 1999, M2 Communications - MONTREAL -- Eicon Technology (TSE: EIC; ME: EIC), a global leader in remote access solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with INETCO Systems, a leading developer of communications software for transaction processing. Under the terms of the agreement, INETCO will integrate its network protocols into Eicon's Wide Area Networking Cards, which will be jointly promoted by both companies to the self service/kiosk, retail point-of-sale (POS) and banking markets.

INETCO will integrate the following network protocols into Eicon's S-class and C-class EiconCards: 3270/3275 Bisync slave, Datapac 3201 (NCR/X3.28) slave, Burroughs TC500/700 slave, and 3780/2780 BSC. A large suite of other WAN and legacy protocols are also available for integration into the EiconCards.

By selling adding INETCO's protocols into its EiconCards with the addition of INETCO's protocols, Eicon is able to will be building upon its presence in the retail and self-service kiosk marketplaces. Additionally, INETCO will be reselling the enhanced EiconCards to its existing customer base, while Eicon will sell the products in these key strategic markets.

"We chose the EiconCards because they provide excellent WAN interface capabilities that are compatible with our network protocols - allowing us to enhance our retail-specific connectivity solutions for the POS self-service and retail banking markets," said David Soul, President, INETCO Systems. "Eicon's ability to provide diverse, global connectivity solutions allows us to enhance our positioning as a leading provider of communications software for transaction processing."

"With our increased focus on key vertical markets such as retail/POS, self-service kiosks and/or retail banking, we are excited by the opportunities that INTECO's protocols bring to our WAN connectivity products," added Ken Gingrich, Eicon's Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing Operations. "Our WAN interface cards now provide the widest range of protocol support enabling our customers to offer a single card for all WAN applications."

About EiconCards

EiconCards feature both serial and ISDN ports, offering port selection based on the application, service availability, and economics. EiconCards support a broad range of wide area network protocols. The complete set of protocol stacks is provided with each Eicon Technology software package, allowing the card to be easily re-configured on demand with the appropriate protocol. EiconCards facilitate the adaptation to new technology without the need to change existing hardware.

Eicon Technology Corporation

Eicon Technology Corporation is a worldwide provider of remote access products for personal computers. The Company develops, markets and supports hardware and software products for connecting network servers and desktop and notebook PCs to corporate networks, host computers and the Internet. Its products are sold in more than 70 countries through a network of certified channel partners and Original Equipment Manufacturers. Eicon Technology shares are traded on the Montreal Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "EIC." Information about Eicon and its products is available at

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