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Live Internet broadcast features Olympic Torch Relay; Another first for New Hampshire.

NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 13, 1996--A group of New Hampshire-based companies have come together to provide the first live Internet broadcast of the Olympic Torch Relay.

The broadcast, featuring both video and audio, will take place Friday, June 14, 1996, beginning at approximately 6 p.m. and running through at least 9 p.m., during the official torch lighting festivities at Nashua City Hall.

Internet users can log into www.isystems.com/torch to receive complete information about the events. Tape from the full day's events, featuring the runners en route and events at Nashua's Holman Stadium will also be rebroadcast periodically on the World Wide Web for several days after the event. Check the site for the rebroadcast schedule.

Several firsts for New Hampshire

In addition to the first broadcast of the Torch Relay, this is the first Internet broadcast to feature high speed wireless Ethernet technology in addition to conventional wired connections to the Internet. This wireless technology was provided by Proxim.

The site itself is sponsored by Coca Cola, the United Way, the New Hampshire Olympic Committee, the city of Nashua and the SPIRAL Group, among others.

Technical Details

Video will be shot by Nashua Channel 13 under the direction of Gordon Jackson. The feed will go into a computer system provided by White Pine Software, transferred via TCP/IP over the Proxim RangeLink wireless building-to-building bridge placed high in City Hall to another Proxim bridge located more than 1/4 mile away at Indian Head Plaza.

The bridge will then transfer the broadcast to the Internet through facilities of MV Communications located at the Center for Economic Development in Indian Head Plaza. Several reflector sites will carry the live broadcast. Important note: In order to receive the audio and video, World Wide Web users must log into www.isystems.com/torch and download the free demo Enhanced Cu-SeeMe software well before the event.

Participating companies

Companies that are participating include:

White Pine Software: Enhanced Cu-SeeMe Internet video software site technology

Proxim: wireless LAN software and hardware

aukware: network systems engineering

MV Communications: video Internet site

Nashua TV 13: TV production and feeds; local TV cable delayed broadcast

Greater Nashua Center for Economic Development

I Systems Inc.: site hosting and software

The Spiral Group: creative, project management, site design, production

Company Backgrounders

Proxim Inc., (NASDAQ:PROX) of Mountain View, Calif., is a leading supplier of wireless data communications products and offers a family of wireless Ethernet LAN products called RangeLAN2 and a family of wireless building-to-building bridges called RangeLINK. Both products provide a data rate of 1.6 Megabits per second and operate in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz frequency band.

RangeLINK provides a standard Ethernet connection for networks in buildings separated by as much as one to three miles. The RangeLAN2 family operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency band and includes PCMCIA, ISA and OEM client adapters as well as Access Points. Proxim can be reached by calling 800-229-1630 and is on the World Wide Web at www.proxim.com.

White Pine Software

White Pine's Enhanced CU-SeeMe continues to be the desktop videoconferencing software of choice over the Internet and TCP/IP-based networks. White Pine Software is a leading provider of desktop videoconferencing and connectivity software for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and UNIX-based environments. For more information about the uses of Enhanced CU-SeeMe please visit http://www.wpine.com.

Enhanced CU-SeeMe technology delivers audio, video and data over the Internet for collaborative communication and broadcasting. Optimized for live transmission, there is no wait for a file transfer, and the broadcast is delivered in real time across the Internet at modem speeds as low as 28.8k. Enhanced CU-SeeMe is used over the Internet or any TCP/IP-based network for person-to-person conferencing, group conferencing and live broadcasting.

The Spiral Group is a leading marketing, advertising and public relations agency in Manchester, N.H. It has clients in government, hospitality, manufacturing, retail and high technology.

CONTACT: SPIRAL Group

PJ Roth, 603/647-2344

or

White Pine Software

Tracy Specht, 603/886-0903 x.333

or

Proxim

Dan Toporek, 800/229-1630
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