RuggedCom Introduces the RuggedBackbone(TM) Universal Communications Platform

    WOODBRIDGE, ON, June 2 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a
leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for
mission-critical applications in harsh environments, has introduced the
RuggedBackbone(TM) RX5000 a new high port density routing and switching
platform, designed to operate in harsh environments. The RuggedBackbone(TM)
RX5000 can withstand high levels of electromagnetic interference, radio
frequency interference and a wide temperature range of -40 degrees C to +85
degrees C. This platform is designed to meet the challenging communication
networking and environmental demands found in utility, industrial and military
network applications.
    The new RuggedBackbone(TM) RX5000's superior ruggedized hardware design
coupled with the embedded ROX(TM)II operating system provides improved system
reliability when your network needs it the most. The product is a scalable,
hot-swappable, modular platform which provides its users with the ability to
make product modifications as their network grows or their needs change. The
cyber security and networking features make it ideally suited for creating
secure Ethernet networks for mission critical, real-time, control
    "The RuggedBackbone(TM) RX5000 was designed to meet the present and
future needs imposed by growing networks demanding Layer 3 switching,
scalability with modular design, and maximum up time with hot-swappable
modules, while meeting the requirements of harsh environments", explains Roger
Moore, Vice President, Engineering for RuggedCom. "The RuggedBackbone(TM)
RX5000 provides great value from a price and features perspective and
complements our existing product lines, thus enabling our customers to choose
a product set that most closely meets their current and future needs."

    The new RuggedBackbone(TM) RX5000 product line features the following:
    -   Substation Hardened switch with hot-swappable modules
    -   Redundant hot-swappable power supplies
    -   Highest Port Density - up to 96-10/100BaseTX or 48-100BaseFX ports
        per switch
    -   Layer 2 / Layer 3 Switching
    -   Improved scalability, security and resiliency
    -   Telecom Standard User Interface
    -   Meets or exceeds IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 Standards
    -   Wide variety of interfaces: Ethernet copper and fiber, serial, T1/E1,
        T3/E3, wireless, and more

    RuggedCom is committed to expanding its product line in order to provide
customers with the most complete line of rugged communications networking
solutions designed for harsh environments in mission critical environments.
The RuggedBackbone(TM) RX5000 joins RuggedCom's existing solutions that
include: the RuggedRouter(TM) network router and cyber security appliance; the
RuggedSwitch(TM) Ethernet switch; RuggedWireless(TM) wireless devices; the
RuggedServer(TM) serial device server; the RuggedMC(TM) media converter;
applications software such as RuggedNMS(TM) network management software and
RuggedCom Gauntlet(TM) secure user access and authentication; and a wide range
of professional services, including consulting, network design, and training.
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    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.
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contact: Jamie Blakeley, Marketing Communications Coordinator, RuggedCom Inc.,
(905) 856-5288, (888) 264-0006 toll free

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