RuggedCom Receives Leadership Award and is Named to the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Ranking of the Fastest Growing Technology Companies in Canada


    WOODBRIDGE, ON, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM),
a leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for
mission-critical applications in harsh environments, has been awarded the 2008
Telecom Leadership Award from the Deloitte Fast 50 Leadership Awards for elite
members of the Canadian technology industry. Additionally, RuggedCom has been
named for the third year in a row to the prestigious Deloitte Technology Fast
50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Canada, based
on the percentage of revenue growth over five years. RuggedCom's increase in
revenue of 1,599% from 2003 to 2007 resulted in a 14th ranking overall.
    "Transforming technological innovation into business success is hard, and
it's especially difficult to sustain such rapid revenue growth over five
years. RuggedCom has rapidly built a highly successful company in the Canadian
technology industry and we applaud its dedication and ability to transform
vision into reality," said John Ruffolo, National Leader, Technology, Media &
Telecommunications Industry Group, Deloitte.
    "Making the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for the third year in a row is
quite an accomplishment for RuggedCom or any company. Even more exciting was
winning this year's Leadership Award for Telecom. We attribute these great
results to many factors, but most of all to having exceptional people who
deliver great execution," explains RuggedCom's President and CEO Marzio
    Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Leadership Award candidates are judged on
their ability to create a distinct competitive advantage in a high growth
market. Awards are presented to Deloitte Technology Fast 50-ranked companies
that demonstrate technological leadership in four industry subcategories:
emerging technologies, hardware/semiconductor, software, and
telecommunications. To qualify for the Leadership Award, candidates must be
headquartered in Canada and devote a significant portion of their operating
revenues to creating proprietary technology or intellectual property.
    In order to qualify for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ranking,
companies must have been in business for at least five years, have revenues of
at least $5 million, be headquartered in Canada, own proprietary technology,
and conduct research and development activities in Canada. A panel of industry
experts evaluates and judges companies based on four key criteria: competitive
advantage; size, growth, and market attractiveness; management effectiveness
and organization; and financial performance.

    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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    About the Deloitte Technology Fast 50
    The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program is Canada's pre-eminent
technology awards program. Celebrating business growth, innovation and
entrepreneurship, the program features four distinct categories including the
Technology Fast 50 Ranking, Companies-to-Watch Awards (early-stage Canadian
tech companies in business less than five years, with the potential to be a
future Deloitte Technology Fast 50 candidate), Leadership Awards (companies
that demonstrate technological leadership in four industry subcategories:
hardware/semiconductor, software, telecommunications and emerging
technologies) and the Deloitte Technology Green 15 Awards (Canada's leading
GreenTech companies that promote a more efficient use and re-use of the
earth's resources in industrial production and consumption). Program sponsors
include Deloitte, Gowlings, GrowthWorks, RBC Capital Markets, Wellington
Financial, Stonewood Group, CATAAlliance and IGLOO. For further information,

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contact: Pino Porciello, Vice President, Marketing, RuggedCom Inc., Tel: (905)
856-5288, Toll-free: (888) 264-0006, Email:

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