AZCAR Technologies Incorporated
TSX : AZZ

AZCAR Technologies Incorporated

May 15, 2006 15:06 ET

AZCAR Awarded $3M Integration Contract By FOX Sports

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--(CCNMatthews - May 15, 2006) - Fox Network Engineering and Operations (NE&O) has selected AZCAR Technologies Incorporated (TSX:AZZ) for the systems design and integration of their new Fox Network Center - Houston (FNC-H), the operations and transmission center for the Fox cable networks located in Houston, TX. The entirely new facility will replace the existing Houston Technical Operations Center and will provide improved financial and operating efficiencies through the aggressive use of wideband digital and server technologies. The FNC-H facility originates programming for all 17 regional Fox networks throughout the USA and is targeted to provide backup capabilities for the Fox national broadcast network.

As a key component of this project award, AZCAR has been asked to help Fox NE&O develop new Fox CAD Drawing Standards intended for use throughout Fox Television Engineering. "The new drawing standards and tools will enable the standardization of drawing styles amongst Fox entities allowing the easy exchange and maintenance of system documentation and will introduce efficiencies into the design and documentation processes", said Bill Crowther, AZCAR's COO. "They will also allow a closer collaboration between AZCAR and Fox engineers on the FNC-H and future projects, thereby reducing overall project costs."

Scheduled for completion in late 2007, the new Fox Network Center - Houston will include satellite and terrestrial program content acquisition, 28 Master Control Rooms with provision for significant future expansion plus 5 Multicast Master Control Rooms, Transmission Operations Control Room, Network Management Control Room, Graphics Generation as well as Satellite and Terrestrial Distribution Compression and Multiplexing Systems. Although the majority of Fox programming is currently Standard Definition, the new facility will be designed and built to seamlessly migrate to High Definition as consumer demand and the availability of HD programming increases in the future.

AZCAR will provide Fox with preliminary systems design consulting, detailed engineering design, installation, testing and commissioning services. AZCAR's contract also includes overall project management, logistics and transition planning and equipment management services throughout the fast-tracked, FNC-H project. "AZCAR is uniquely experienced in handling large scale, time sensitive projects and we are pleased to have been chosen by Fox for this exciting project" said Stephen Pumple, AZCAR's President and CEO. "We are also especially happy to welcome Fox as a new customer to AZCAR and we look forward to working collaboratively with them in helping Fox capitalize on the expanding universe of television entertainment."

AZCAR is an independent technology integration company providing high definition digital media technology solutions for the broadcast, telecommunications, broadcast ministries, higher education institutions, and multi-purpose sports and entertainment venues. AZCAR provides consulting, engineering, systems design, integration, project management and the supply of related materials, equipment and software. The Company's business operates through the parent company and its subsidiaries. The stock trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol: AZZ.

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