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HUNTINGTON BANKS AND OHIO UNIVERSITY TEAM WITH NASA TO TEST ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY SATELLITE (ACTS)

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- In a first-of-its-kind experiment, The Huntington National Bank, NASA and Ohio University have teamed to test transmission of financial data on the new Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) scheduled for launch in mid- July.
 The Huntington, the only financial institution to conduct an experiment on the ACTS satellite, and Ohio University will work with NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland to test satellite transmission of financial data such as deposits, account balances and transfers of funds.
 Time-critical financial data is normally transmitted via land communication lines. The satellite system would provide a portable back-up transmission system during disasters, such as earthquakes or fires, that break telephone lines. Use of ACTS would prevent down time and loss of revenue that may be caused by a breakdown in financial transmissions.
 "This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in an experiment that could significantly change the way information is communicated during emergency situations," said Michael Whetstone, assistant vice president and manager of Local Area Network Systems and Data Communications for The Huntington Service Company.
 The experiment will test the satellite's ability to send financial data from The Huntington's Columbus headquarters to one of its check processing centers in Parma, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.
 "This new kind of satellite allows direct transmission of data between two earth dishes only four feet in diameter," said Hans Kruse, professor of telecommunications at Ohio University and principal investigator for the project. "The satellite uses an antennae system that is optimized for telecommunications, using tightly focused beams rather than a wider beam as in broadcast transmission."
 The experiment will begin in October and be completed in three phases over 20 weeks.
 -- The first phase will transmit test data between Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and The Huntington in Columbus.
 -- In phase two, the satellite dish in Athens will be transferred to Parma. Two-way transmission of financial test data, such as computer- scanned checks, deposits and account balances, will be established between Huntington facilities in Columbus and Parma over the ACTS satellite.
 -- The third phase will maintain the Columbus/Parma satellite link, and eliminate use of normal land communication lines.
 "ACTS is an on-orbit experimental test bed to pioneer concepts and technologies that advance less expensive, on-demand, flexible communications needed in the 21st century," said Ron Schertler, chief of ACTS experiments office at NASA Lewis Research Center. "The Huntington and Ohio University are key players in the experiment program to bring together industry, academia and government to test and demonstrate these new technologies."
 Ohio University's College of Engineering and Technology, J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management and the Institute for Telecommunication Studies are providing faculty and undergraduate students who will provide technical expertise and conduct the satellite tests.
 The Huntington National Bank is a subsidiary of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ: HBAN), a $15 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington's assets in Ohio total $11 billion. The company's banking, mortgage, trust, investment banking and automobile finance subsidiaries operate 338 offices in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
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Research Center, 216-433-2902; or Don Flournoy of Ohio University, 614-593-4866/
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