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Syscan Opens US Sales Office and Appoints New VP Sales and Marketing for the Americas.

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MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 18, 2000

Syscan (CDN:SYSN) is a leading provider of wireless technology and computer solutions for the mobile workforce.

Mr. Andre Larente, President and CEO of Syscan International is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. William Gibbs as the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Americas for Syscan. Mr. Gibbs will be responsible for developing new markets and channels of distribution for Syscan's expanding product line throughout the United States and Latin America. Syscan will establish its first U.S. sales office in Houston, Texas. Texas is a strategic location for Syscan because of the heavy concentration of high technology companies such as Compaq, Dell, Telxon, Motorola, Nortel and Entrust.

Mr. Gibbs has over 20 years experience in the Mobile Solutions marketplace. He brings an extensive network of industry contacts in the U.S. and Latin American markets that will enable Syscan to accelerate its deployment of technology products that are ideally suited for the Route Distribution and other wireless Mobile Services industries. Mr. Gibbs was previously employed by Telxon Corporation as Director, Mobile Services and has held other executive positions with Unisys Corp. and Ferranti International responsible for sales and marketing organizations.

"I am very excited about this opportunity to join Syscan. Having been involved with Syscan for nearly 9 years at Telxon as a strategic business partner and its major customer, I can attest to the quality of products and dedication of Syscan's employees. A major factor in joining the new management team was the opportunity to help drive new business in the U.S. and Latin America. As an example, the Route Distribution marketplace in the U.S. is just beginning a major technology shift towards newer hand-held computers, printers, software and accessories to replace older, out-dated technology. The opportunity for Syscan in this market is enormous and will position the company as a leader in the industry," said Mr. Gibbs.

Syscan builds solutions that integrate wireless communications, GPS technologies, packet switching systems, mobile printing and other mobile peripherals including software, which allows these devices to communicate into larger global networks. This segment of the Information Technology sector is currently experiencing dramatic growth as vendors rush to the market with new products and service offerings to take advantage of low cost hand held computers integrated with lower cost communications through the internet and new satellite and digital communication systems.

Syscan's new strategic expansion plan into the mobile wireless communications market takes advantage of its 26 years experience developing products for this sector. It is focusing its R&D efforts on developing new products that incorporate the emerging Symbian operating system for the next generation of cellular devices and on "Bluetooth" and "WAP" wireless protocol-based applications.
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