RuggedCom Receives Record Purchase Order Totalling Approximately $US 1 Million for an Electric Power Application in India



    WOODBRIDGE, ON, March 24 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM),
a leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for
mission-critical applications in harsh environments, today announced that it
has received a purchase order totalling approximately $US 1 Million for an
electric power application in India. This order represents the largest single
purchase order ever received by RuggedCom and is expected to be shipped in Q2
2008, with expected follow-on orders later in the year.
    "We continue to execute on our strategy of leveraging our domain
expertise in the electric power market and our core technology platform as an
entry into new geographic markets. This order represents a significant
milestone in RuggedCom's global growth strategy specifically targeting
emerging markets," explains Marzio Pozzuoli, President and CEO of RuggedCom.
"As global demand for rugged communications networking solutions grow, we have
been strengthening our global reach by expanding our sales and customer
support in key strategic regions such as India and China. This purchase order
and our high growth rates in these regions confirm that our strategy is
working."
    RuggedCom products and solutions were selected for this mission critical
application after a rigorous and extensive selection process among several
global suppliers by a leading R&D institution in India. The selected products
and solutions include a combination of Ethernet switches, media converters,
applications software and professional services. A key selling point was
RuggedCom's industry leading RuggedRated(TM) feature set for all its products.
RuggedRated(TM) products meet or exceed a wide range of electric utility
industry standards (IEC61850, IEEE1613); provide a high level of immunity to
electromagnetic interference and heavy electrical surges; feature a wide
operating temperature range of -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C (no fans); have
high mean-time-between-failures (MTBFs) and reliability characteristics; and
include extensive cyber security features. In addition, RuggedCom has
committed to working with the customer in India to develop solutions for their
specific needs.
    To learn more about RuggedCom products and solutions, please visit
www.RuggedCom.com.

    About RuggedCom Inc.:

    RuggedCom is a leading provider of rugged communications networking
solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments.
RuggedCom's technology solutions include Ethernet switches, network routers,
wireless devices, serial servers, media converters, software and professional
services. RuggedCom's products are designed for use in harsh environments such
as those found in electrical power substations and "Smart Grids", intelligent
transportation systems, industrial process control and military applications.
For further information, please visit www.RuggedCom.com.





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