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General Dynamics, Sorenson Vision Team to Create Full-Featured Desktop Conferencing Solution; InfoWorkSpace Adds Sorenson Envision to Provide Low-Bandwidth Conferencing.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2000

General Dynamics Electronic Systems announced today that it has joined forces with Sorenson Vision Inc. to add low-bandwidth desktop video conferencing capability to InfoWorkSpace(TM), Electronic Systems's flagship collaboration software suite.

InfoWorkSpace, developed by Electronic Systems, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), provides government and commercial customers with an integrated suite of Web-based collaboration and conferencing tools. The product's features include instant messaging, voice-over IP (VOIP), text chat, whiteboarding, virtual file storage, online conferencing and Web presentations. Electronic Systems currently provides software, training and technical support to several corporate customers and large organizations in the Defense Department and national intelligence community. InfoWorkSpace is the collaborative software system of choice for the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Air Force's worldwide command and control operations.

Under the InfoWorkSpace Value-Added Reseller agreement, General Dynamics has added Sorenson EnVision(TM) -- a high-quality, low-bandwidth business conferencing system -- to its collaboration offerings. EnVision employs proprietary audio- and video-compression technology and motion compensation and bandwidth control methods to deliver high-quality video images with as little as half the bandwidth of competing products. EnVision follows the H.323 Internet video conferencing standard for compatibility and interoperability with other H.323 products. In January, Sorenson released EnVision 1.5, enabling its product to operate on Windows NT systems.

"Data conferencing is the future of online collaboration," says Jay McConville, manager of sales and marketing for General Dynamics Collaborative Technologies and Products. "Until recently, video conferencing has been limited to Web cameras, low-quality desk-side tools, or high-bandwidth systems and connections. Sorenson EnVision is different -- it provides high-quality video capability over business Internet connections and office networks. When our customers need desktop video conferencing, InfoWorkSpace can deliver one of the best solutions available."

"This alliance is not just great news for the two companies involved," said Ray Brooksby, Sorenson Vision's chief operating officer. "It's also great news for customers who have wanted -- and needed -- visual collaboration to do business. InfoWorkSpace is one of the strongest collaboration suites on the market, and we're pleased we're able to help keep InfoWorkSpace a step ahead of the competition."

General Dynamics is now an official reseller of EnVision, offering it as a client-side application upgrade to the existing InfoWorkSpace package.

About General Dynamics Electronic Systems

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 43,000 people worldwide and has annualized sales of approximately $10 billion. The company has leading market positions in business aviation, information systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and land and amphibious combat systems. More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at Information about InfoWorkSpace can be found at

About Sorenson Vision, Inc.

Sorenson Vision, Inc., a privately held company based in Utah, was founded by James L. Sorenson, noted businessman and holder of more than 50 patents in fields ranging from medical devices to visual imaging. Among Sorenson's other companies are DataChem Laboratories, Sorex Medical, and Sorenson Laboratories. More information about Sorenson Vision can be found at Information on Sorenson EnVision is available at
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