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ALCOM LAUNCHES NEW LAN FAX SERVER; SUPPORTS 32 FAX LINES AND ENHANCED INBOUND ROUTING

 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcom Corp., the technology leader in LAN fax server software, today announced the availability of a new fax server optimized for high-volume fax networks. Designed expressly for GammaLink's GammaFax boards, Alcom's LanFax(R) Redirector 2.1-GL (LFR 2.1-GL) features 32-line support, enhanced inbound routing capabilities and several new features including support for the TIFF file format.
 LFR 2.1-GL's support of up to 32 fax lines in a single server provides a powerful platform for companies with heavy inbound and outbound fax traffic. Competitive offerings support only eight fax lines, which requires companies to install, manage and maintain multiple fax servers. The new Alcom server, which runs on the most popular network operating systems, including NetWare, LAN Manager and Banyan Vines, leverages the performance, reliability and multiline capacity of GammaLink's fax boards.
 "LanFax Redirector 2.1-GL is a true powerhouse," said Doug Stone, president of GammaLink, "that takes full advantage of the GammaFax boards. Our customers will now benefit from the real-time, remote fax management capabilities and other innovations that characterize Alcom's product."
 "With a solution optimized for GammaFax boards, our customers can not only benefit from increased capacity, they can also take advantage of the most sophisticated diagnostic capabilities on the market," said Steve McBride. Alcom's vice president of sales and marketing. "In addition, our relationship with GammaLink opens the door to new opportunities internationally, due to GammaLink's extensive Postal Telephone and Telegraph (PTT) approvals."
 New, Intelligent Inbound Routing Capabilities
 LFR 2.1-GL features an intelligent, tiered inbound routing scheme that supports five different inbound fax routing methods: Non-Standard Format-based routing (NSF), Direct Inward Dialing (DID), Dual Tone Multi-frequency (DTMF), Channel routing and Source-ID routing. NSF and Channel routing are two new, cost-effective inbound routing alternatives developed by Alcom. All of these provide a more timely and secure alternative to manual fax distribution, and Alcom is supporting them all to provide customers with the best choices for handling incoming faxes. For example, while some companies prefer providing each individual with his/her own fax extension number (the DID method), others find DID costly or difficult to manage.
 LFR 2.1-GL proceeds through a logical series of steps to determine which method has been deployed, and routes incoming faxes to individual workstations accordingly. When no routing scheme has been identified, LFR 2.1-GL can invoke a default, directing incoming faxes either to everyone in the organization or to a single designated administrator. The five methods accomplish routing in different ways:
 -- NSF-based: routes binary fax files based on information contained in the fax header (e-mail-like communication)
 -- DID/DTMF-based: the fax sender dials a specific fax extension that has been assigned to an individual's workstation; the fax is routed to the individual that "owns" that fax extension
 -- Channel-based: a cost-effective alternative to DID; up to 10 regular phone lines and associated channel mailboxes are allocated to specific groups of users; for example, a fax line is dedicated to the customer service division, and every fax arriving on that line is automatically routed
 -- Source ID-based: routes faxes according to the Customer Subscriber Identification (CSID) number of the sending fax machine; the CSID number is routinely transmitted along with the fax file.
 Unlike other fax servers that forward actual fax files across the network, LFR 2.1-GL forwards the "rights to view a fax" for remote viewing from individual workstations. This apPr-x,zPm9/+/Kes network fax traffic.
 "Alcom has developed some very innovative features to facilitate inbound routing," said Judith A. Pirani, director of the image communications systems service for market research firm BIS Strategic Decisions (Norwell, Mass.). "In addition, with Alcom and GammaLink joining forces, these high-end fax providers can offer a complete high- end solution to their customers."
 Rich Feature Set, Advanced Functionality
 Several new features not previously available in Alcom's fax servers enhance the performance and functionality of LFR 2.1-GL:
 -- Speed enhancements: for faster phone books, audit trails, fax file conversion at the server;
 -- TIFF file format support: to reduce transmission time for large fax image files and enable more efficient fax archiving; and
 -- Printed confirmation slips: like those frgh strategic partnerships and i ts own product development, Alcom is meeting the needs of several segments of the fax market. In November 1992, Alcom signed a technology licensing and marketing agreement with Caere Corp. Caere, the market leader in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, has incorporated Alcom technology into its new FaxMaster Server(TM) product for small businesses and small workgroups. Alcom's flagship LFR 2.1 product supports Intel-based fax boards with a moderate fax volume. The new LFR 2.1-GL fax server for GammaFax boards is geared for high-volume fax networks requiring high levels of reliability and expandability.
 Alcom is a key member of GammaLink's Fax Server Partners program announced in February 1993. GammaLink started the program after deciding to leave the fax server software market to concentrate on fax hardware and fax software development tools.
 System Requirements
 The LFR 2.1-GL server requires a dedicated 386 or above personal computer with MS DOS 5.0, 2 megabytes of RAM, an 80-megabyte hard drive and GammaFax fax cards. The server supports both DOS and Windows user interfaces and is compatible with all CAS-compatible front-end applications. LFR 2.1-GL is available with Alcom's FaxManager user interface, which provides direct faxing from all DOS and Windows applications.
 Pricing and Availability
 LFR 2.1-GL server software is available for 25-, 50-, 100- and 250-user sessions, all of which include full usage of up to 32 fax lines. Suggested pricing for the 50-user version is $2,995, and for the 100-user version is $4,995. Alcom's FaxManager user interface sells for $995 (for unlimited users per single LAN). For all versions, GammaFax boards are required. LFR 2.1-GL is available immediately through Alcom's network of systems integrators and value-added resellers in the United States and through select distributors worldwide.
 Company background
 Alcom Corp., (Mountain View) is the fax server technology leader and industry pioneer. The firm designs and markets robust, full-featured fax server software for organization with high fax volume and/or complex networks. Alcom's fax server products have been recognized in the industry for their technical superiority, ease of use and sophisticated status monitoring. LAN Times recently awarded LAN Fax Redirector 2.1 its "Best of Times" designation in a comparison of 11 LAN fax servers.
 GammaLink (Sunnyvale) is the originator of the PC-to-fax industry. GammaLink provides the fax technology platform for computer-based fax applications developed by major computer industry players, worldwide telecommunications carriers and high-volume switch manufacturers. The company's products have received the most PTT (Postal Telephone and Telegraph) certifications in the computer-based facsimile industry.
 NOTE: LanFax@vedirector is a registered trademark of Alcom Corp. Caere and FaxMaster Server are trademarks of Caere Corp. All other products named herein may be trademarks of their respective manufacturers and are hereby recognized.
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 /CONTACT: Steve McBride of Alcom, 415-694-7000; or Debra Moses of Regis McKenna, 415-354-4485, for Alcom/


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