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DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION COMMITTEE NAMES AT&T OFFICIAL TECHNOLOGY AND LONG-DISTANCE PROVIDER

 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION COMMITTEE NAMES AT&T
 OFFICIAL TECHNOLOGY AND LONG-DISTANCE PROVIDER
 NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) today announced that the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) has named it the official technology and long-distance provider for the 1992 Democratic National Convention, to be held July 13-16 in New York's Madison Square Garden.
 AT&T and NCR, an AT&T company, will offer technical expertise and a comprehensive package of custom-designed products and services to meet the needs of the DNCC, state delegates, journalists and other convention-goers whose combined presence will add the equivalent of a city of 40,000 people to the Big Apple.
 "AT&T has proven its ability to design and supply a broad range of communications and computer applications that feature cutting-edge technology and are easy to use," said Roger Schneider, director of technology for the DNCC.
 "AT&T is proud to have been selected as the official technology and long-distance provider for the 1992 Democratic National Convention," said Larry Garfinkel, AT&T vice president-government affairs. "Our unique breadth of communications and computer capabilities means AT&T can undertake this customized, fast-paced project. We have the expertise to help the Democratic party demonstrate American technological prowess."
 A high-tech highlight will be a first-of-its-kind Electronic Voting System, which will make convention voting as simple as withdrawing money at a bank's automatic teller machine.
 "AT&T created computer-based voting systems for the Democratic National Conventions in 1988," said Kathy Vick, secretary of the Democratic National Committee. "This year, AT&T and NCR have worked closely with us to develop a system that gives users what they need most: sophisticated technology along with simplicity, flexibility and communications capability."
 Each state delegation will have an electronic voting terminal, on which the delegation chairperson will record votes on platform and rules issues. There's no computer keyboard; the chairperson simply will touch the appropriate box on the screen. All the terminals will be connected to centralized NCR computers that will tally votes instantly and display totals on the Garden's electronic scoreboards and video wall. The computers can be programmed in real time to add voting issues.
 Each voting terminal will have two phones -- one providing a "hotline" to the convention podium for official business and the second one for other calls.
 In addition to the voting system, AT&T will provide for the convention:
 -- An array of cost-effective business long-distance services, including AT&T Pro(SM) WATS, teleconferencing and special options for placing phone calls from the Garden, the DNCC headquarters and other convention locations.
 -- All inside wiring, along with phone sets and communications systems, for the Garden. More than 1 million feet, or about 189 miles, of wires will be strung throughout the convention arena -- nearly enough wiring to stretch from New York to Baltimore. AT&T will accommodate the convention-goers' needs by providing its sophisticated Systimax (R) PDS building wiring system, which allows various manufacturers' phones, fax machines, computer modems and other communications devices to interconnect.
 -- A communications system and long-distance service for the DNCC headquarters and various locations in the Garden during the convention.
 -- AT&T EasyLink Services Enhanced Fax Service to let legislators send news about the convention quickly and inexpensively to newspapers in their states and districts.
 -- About 160 public phones in the Garden, hotels and other public locations. These phones will include the recently introduced AT&T Public Phone 2000, a veritable "portable office" with such features as a dataport for plugging in a laptop computer or fax machine; foreign- language screens; a built-in keyboard for accessing electronic mail; on- line weather information; and speed-dial access to travel and reservation services. The phone is hearing-aid-compatible and has a keyboard that may be used as a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD).
 -- AT&T Language Line (SM) Services, which offers 24-hour, over-the- phone translation in some 140 languages.
 -- An NCR Office Automation Platform of state-of-the-art networked computing equipment to manage convention logistics in real time. For example, the DNCC has been able to change seating arrangements for delegates via computer.
 -- AT&T transmission equipment, including fiber-optic cable and a backup battery power system, to handle up to 6,000 voice and data lines (half the number of lines in the Empire State Building) plus 200 broadcast and video lines. The equipment will be housed in a communications trailer that New York Telephone will use as a mini- central office in the Garden.
 -- An upgraded AT&T 5ESS (R) digital switching system to support New York Telephone's Intellipath II (R) Digital Centrex Service.
 -- AT&T Autoplex (R) System 1000 Microcell equipment that will allow reporters and others to make cellular-phone calls from the Garden to outside locations. AT&T will supply NYNEX Mobile Communications with four AT&T Lightwave Microcell Transceivers mounted on walls inside the Garden to allow as many as 160 simultaneous conversations. Each transceiver -- a 3-by-2-by-1 foot box containing electronics and an antenna -- will be connected by a fiber-optic link to a nearby AT&T Autoplex Series II Cell Site.
 -- An AT&T Media Communications Center and an adjacent AT&T Product Showcase at One Penn Plaza (across the street from the Garden) with the latest communications devices to help reporters file stories, follow convention developments and try new technology. Products and services will include phones, NCR System 3125 notepad and System 3170 notebook computers, fax machines, AT&T electronic-messaging applications, and AT&T Find America (SM) Directory Service, which provides on-line access to local telephone companies' directory-assistance databases. AT&T also will operate auxiliary media centers in the Garden's Paramount theater, the New York Hilton and the Ramada Hotel.
 -- An AT&T Retail Center at One Penn Plaza, where journalists will be able to rent or buy AT&T products and services for use at the convention.
 -- An AT&T Welcome Center at the convention site for delegates and other convention attendees.
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 /NCR is a registered trademark of NCR Corporation./
 /Note to editor: Photos available./
 /CONTACT: Laura Abbott of AT&T, 212-841-4710, or home, 203-869-7432/
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