Curtis Mathes Deploys Interactive Services with Integrated Cisco Solution
Cisco Products Enable Home Television-Based Web Connectivity and Online Entertainment
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SAN JOSE, Calif.- August 13, 1997- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced that Dallas-based CurtisMathes has chosen a suite of Cisco products, including the Cisco AS5200 Universal AccessServer, for the delivery of uniViewTM Internet, online, telephone and entertainment servicesto its customers via their home television sets.
Curtis Mathes and Cisco are working together to streamline uniView access services throughdelivery of an end-to-end scalable solution that integrates high-performance dial access, routing, switching and security platforms with Cisco IOS Software features that enable ahost of value-added network services. The flexibility and scalability of this solution combinedwith industry-leading service and support programs enable Curtis Mathes to decrease operatingcosts and assure maximum service reliability to its customers.
"We count on Cisco Systems and its products to deliver high-bandwidth services to our customersand bring new interactive services to market," said Patrick A. Custer, chairman and chiefexecutive officer of Curtis Mathes. "Specifically, we rely on the Cisco AS5200 to aggregateincoming sessions and the Cisco 4000 series routers to route inquiries to the Internet via theCurtis Mathes XpresswayTM nationwide online delivery system."
Curtis Mathes uniView enables a host of interactive services through consumer home televisionsets. The Cisco AS5200 universal access server aggregates incoming customer calls and routesinquiries to their appropriate destinations. A Cisco PIX firewall ensures secure Internetaccess, and a CiscoSecure AAA Security Server authenticates subscribers dialing in. The CurtisMathes Xpressway network made up of Cisco routers and Catalyst switches enables customers tosurf the Web, talk on the phone, send and receive faxes and e-mail, access TV program guidesand program their VCRs.
"Curtis Mathes is well positioned to scale its services as its customers' bandwidth demandsgrow," said Roland Acra, senior director of dial marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc. "The CiscoAS5200 provides Curtis Mathes with a high-performance, reliable dial access solution, ensuringthat customers will have reliable Internet access to online multimedia services. Cisco ismaking it easier for customers to communicate over the Internet by delivering interoperableplatforms that share the latest Cisco IOS software features."
About Curtis Mathes Holding Corp.Curtis Mathes Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: CRTM) has established an advanced standard forconnectivity to Internet appliances by adopting leading technology from Sun Microsystems, Inc.,MCI Telecommunications Corp., and Cisco Systems, Inc. Curtis Mathes has also developedproprietary software that enables users to access the unique features of uniView. Dallas-basedCurtis Mathes manufactures and markets consumer and industrial electronic display products. Thecompany specializes in advanced televisions with large electronic display systems, as well asnew technologies to enhance television viewing.
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