News Releases

8/29/2000

Hitachi America To Partner With GTS For Internet-Based Streaming Video and Device Control

Aug 29, 2000 08:29 AM

BRISBANE, Calif., August 29, 2000 - Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, (NYSE:HIT) today announced that it has entered into a strategic relationship with Graham Technology Solutions (GTS) of Cupertino, California. Under terms of the agreement, Hitachi America will partner with GTS to develop state-of-the-art services for live streaming video and device control over the Internet. In addition, Hitachi America will provide a $3 million investment in GTS.

As a world leader in security video camera manufacturing and MPEG/MJPEG compression technology, Hitachi continues to innovate in the area of network appliances that can easily connect video cameras to the Internet. Hitachi chose to partner with GTS because of GTS' unmatched technology and infrastructure for real-time monitoring and controlling of video data over the Internet. The GTS technology manages live low-latency video streams and features the ability to command the pan, tilt, and zoom controls remotely with a very high response rate. This low-latency media delivery is especially effective for applications requiring real-time interaction such as remote monitoring, collaboration, and distance learning

In making the announcement, Tomoharu Shimayama, president and CEO of Hitachi America, Ltd., said, "Hitachi continues to lead in the manufacture of video security cameras and appliances that easily connect to the Internet. We chose to work with GTS because of GTS' leadership in offering live, low-latency Internet video, which, along with our cameras, provides clients with a total Internet-based security solution. This partnership we believe will accelerate the use of the Internet for cost efficient monitoring and control for monitoring and security applications. This type of business solution is part of Hitachi's global strategy to employ the Internet to become a 'Best Solutions Partner,' consistent with the previously announced 'i.e.Hitachi Plan.'"

Jerry Bugajski, president and chief executive officer of GTS explains that the Hitachi partnership is a natural one. "We are excited to be working with Hitachi America to provide solutions for our customers that encompass both the software and the appliances. We selected the Hitachi video server solution because it has a robust architecture that provides all the essential features requested by our current customers and can scale to meet their future needs. In addition, Hitachi's state-of-the-art video security cameras and monitors complement our Internet-based live streaming video and device control. We are looking forward to a long and successful partnership."

Under the strategic relationship, Hitachi America will employ its recently developed MPEG/MJPEG compression video server appliance, together with GTS's media delivery service to provide low-cost, real-time streaming services to a variety of industrial monitoring and control applications. The effect of the service will allow users to visually monitor operations through the Internet, thus assuring process and procedure integrity. The Hitachi video server uses MPEG and MJPEG compression technology to convert analog signals from standard cameras to a digital signal that can be easily streamed to the Internet.

About Hitachi

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 1999 (ended March 31, 2000) consolidated sales of 8,001 billion yen ($75.5 billion*). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at http://www.hitachi.co.jp.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, consumer electronics and semiconductors, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. Hitachi America, Ltd. is located at 2000 Sierra Point Parkway, Brisbane, California 94005. Telephone is 650 589-8300. For more information, visit http://www.hitachi.us/.

About Graham Technology Solutions

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Cupertino, California, GTS provides real-time management of video data over the Internet. GTS solutions utilize proprietary technologies built on open standards that deliver very low latency audio/video streams to address the needs of diverse markets such as monitoring, collaboration, and training. GTS offers client products that connect live audio/video content to the Internet, scalable server products that can service thousands of simultaneous users in accessing audio/video streams, and real-time remote device control over the Internet. For more information on GTS solutions visit www.graham.com.

For Media/Investor Inquiries, please contact:

Gerard F. Corbett
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Vice President
Corp. Communications Group
Tel:(650) 244-7900
Fax: (650) 244-7920
gerard.corbett@hal.hitachi.com

Brian Lim
Graham Technology Solutions
Tel: (408) 366-8001 x701
brian@graham.com

For all other inquiries please call:
1-800-HITACHI

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