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Wednesday August 11, 2:54 pm Eastern Time
Company Press Release
SOURCE: SCM Microsystems, Inc.
SCM Microsystems Awarded $18 Million Contract
With U.S.-Based Efdex For Its New Digital Satellite
Receiver For Personal Computers
SCM Partners With Efdex, And EUTELSAT To Enable New, Highly Secure, Business-To-Business
LOS GATOS, Calif., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- SCM Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCMM, Neuer Markt: SMY), a leading OEM
supplier of digital access control and connectivity solutions, announced today the signing of a contract valued at $18 million USD
over the next 18 months for a digital satellite receiver for PCs by the Electronic Food and Drink Exchange (efdex). The
specialized receiver, or e-commerce box (E-Box), enables high-speed data and digital video broadcasting. Efdex will deploy
E-Boxes at customer locations such as grocery stores, restaurants and hotels, to provide real time product and pricing information,
targeted advertising, special offers and online ordering capabilities. The initial order from efdex is to provide the initial
infrastructure for the Western European market. Efdex will be introducing the system both within Europe and in other locations
throughout North America and the world.
``The combination of video and high volume data transfer requires specialized interface hardware,'' stated Tim Carron Brown,
chairman of efdex. ``SCM's expertise in digital TV and security combined with their ability to deliver a complete solution from
silicon and software through casing and connectivity, made them an obvious choice for this project.''
The efdex solution consists of a PC, an E-Box from SCM Microsystems that is attached to a satellite dish, customized e-business
software from IBM, and satellite services in Europe from EUTELSAT. EUTELSAT, a leading European satellite system
provider, is providing the required satellite infrastructure in Europe including transponders and head-ends. Once connected,
customers will have an in-house trading system which is constantly updated with audio/video advertising and other information on
one half of the screen and data such as pricing, special offers and ordering on the other half. The system will directly link retailers
with suppliers, replacing the need to work with multiple distributors and manufacturers while optimizing the ordering process,
expanding the product offerings and ensuring the best price.
``The efdex system is an excellent demonstration of how EUTELSAT's pioneering of the use of open standards for satellite data
broadcasting contributes to developing large-scale e-commerce markets,'' said Antonio Arcidiacono, head of Multimedia Services
of EUTELSAT. ``SCM's E-Box supports this by providing specified security, tuning capability and PC connectivity functions in an
open, flexible and user friendly device.''
The E-Box can be used for high-speed data broadcasting systems, audio/video broadcasts or a combination. With data transfer
rates of up to 6 Mb per second, the E-Box is suited to a number of high-growth applications, in particular, secure Internet
e-commerce. The product combines a digital satellite tuner, a crypto processor for secure conditional access, a Universal smart
card interface for user authentication and e-commerce functions, a common interface slot for the use of standard satellite TV
security systems through DVB or Point of Deployment (POD) modules and a USB interface to provide high speed, plug and play
connectivity to a PC.
``The E-Box is an ideal example of how the convergence of PC and broadcast technologies is enabling new markets, in this case,
business to business e-commerce,'' said Jean-Yves Le Roux, executive vice president and general manager of SCM
Microsystems' Digital TV Product Division. ``SCM is able to provide solutions for these new markets by leveraging technologies
across our company, including the development of silicon, software, security systems, digital TV reception technologies, PC
connectivity solutions and smart card interface technology.''
``We are excited about the new markets that our secure digital satellite receiver for PCs will open to SCM,'' added Robert
Schneider, founder and chief executive officer of SCM Microsystems. ``By partnering with leading companies around the world,
such as efdex, this is just the beginning.''