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TCSI LICENSES ADAPTIVE CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT(TM) IMAGING TECHNOLOGY TO BELL & HOWELL

         TCSI LICENSES ADAPTIVE CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT(TM) IMAGING
                     TECHNOLOGY TO BELL & HOWELL
    BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Teknekron Communications Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: TCSI), a leading provider of high value network management, personal communications, and imaging technologies to clients worldwide, announced today that it has licensed its Adaptive Contrast Enhancement technology to Bell & Howell Document Management Products Co.  Bell & Howell will be offering the TCSI-developed image enhancement electronics for all of its new Copiscan II medium-speed desktop scanners.  Bell & Howell distributes its scanners through major system manufacturers, integrators, and distributors.  Terms of the license agreement were not disclosed.
    According to Bruce Rennecker, Bell & Howell vice president and general manager, Scanner Division, "Bell & Howell perceived the need to provide advanced-image enhancement in the scanning process and brought its specifications to TCSI.  The ACE technology provides a unique competitive differentiation for our Copiscan scanners that has generated strong interest from end-users," he said.  ACE-equipped Copiscan scanners were first demonstrated at the Association for Information and Image Management tradeshow in April 1991.
    "We see licensing basic technology as an important way to provide long-term value to our clients," said Sandor Schoichet, TCSI vice president.  The ACE (patent pending) technology uses advanced image- processing techniques to enhance the digitized gray-scale output of image sensors such as line scanners or video cameras in real time. Two-dimensional adaptive thresholding of the bit-stream results in sharp, clean black and white images.  ACE processing also helps to extract faint or low-contrast detail from noisy or dark backgrounds without increasing background speckle or noise.  Intelligent halftoning produces clear pseudo-gray images of even low-contrast photos.  "ACE processing is especially valuable for improving barcode, mark sense, and text recognition rates; eliminating manual thresholding adjustments; and improving the performance of image compression algorithms," Schoichet said.
    ACE electronics will be offered as an option on all single-sided Bell & Howell Copiscan II models, including the 200 dpi Copiscan 2137 and 200/300 dpi 3338.  ACE electronics will be a standard feature of the dual page 200/300 dpi Copiscan 6338, providing automatic differential thresholding for both sides of input documents.
    TCSI is a leading developer of high value technology, including network management and imaging systems, and personal communications technologies and products to clients in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  Based in Berkeley, TCSI employs approximately 200 people and has development facilities in Berkeley and Seattle, and marketing and sales offices in Tokyo and Nice.
    Bell & Howell Document Management Products Co. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell & Howell Co., an information management organization.  Bell & Howell's principal businesses include mail handling, publishing, and document management systems.  Bell & Howell DMPC designs, manufactures, sells and services micrographic and electronic document management systems.
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    /CONTACT:  Sandor Schoichet or Sun Jen Yung of Teknekron Communications Systems Inc., 510-649-3700; or Bruce Rennecker of Bell & Howell Document Management Products Co., 708-675-7600/
    (TCSI) CO:  Teknekron Communications Systems, Inc.; Bell & Howell Document
     Management Products Company ST:  California IN:  TLS SU: DB -- SF005 -- 0870 11/04/91 16:06 EST
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