Psion Teklogix Inc.

Psion Teklogix Inc.

November 15, 2006 13:17 ET

Atlantic Beef, Merit-Trax and Psion Teklogix Win 2006 CIPA Gold Award of Excellence

Atlantic Beef Achieves Beef Traceability with joint Rugged Mobile Computing Solution

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 15, 2006) - Psion Teklogix (LSE:PON), a global provider of solutions for mobile computing, wireless data collection, imaging and RFID, is pleased to announce that Atlantic Beef Products Inc., a producer-owned federally inspected beef processing facility, has won the prestigious Gold Award of Excellence in the Innovation Category at CIPA 2006 for a mobile computing solution developed by Psion Teklogix and Merit-Trax Technologies. The innovative solution is designed to improve food safety measures at Atlantic Beef's newly installed abattoir in Albany, Prince Edward Island, by increasing product traceability and meeting rigorous beef export requirements.

Atlantic Beef processes approximately 500 cattle and produces over 300,000 pounds of beef per week for Atlantic Canada's top distribution channels, including Atlantic Superstore and Co-op Atlantic. With its new mobile computing solution, Atlantic Beef has established traceability of its cattle at each stage of processing from packaging to delivery.

"CIPA is delighted to recognize both Psion Teklogix and Merit-Trax for helping Atlantic Beef automate the tracking of its products to improve overall safety measures," said Norm Kirkpatrick, president and CEO, CIPA. "Atlantic Beef's ability to provide 100 per cent traceability shows how innovation can deliver increased operational improvements for Canadian business, and ultimately boost overall efficiency."

Atlantic Beef is using Psion Teklogix 7035 freezer hand held mobile computing devices with Merit-Trax Technologies' Trax-IT® software suite on the abattoir floor, in freezer units and loading docks. The software enables the 7035 hand held device to capture data in real time and streamline information for invoicing, food labeling and shipping.

"This success was the result of three teams working together, and we are thrilled to be recognized by CIPA with this honor," said Paul Arsenault, controller, Atlantic Beef Products Inc. "With the help of Psion Teklogix and Merit-Trax, we were able to achieve the highest level of traceability and data capture possible, and we're now primed to enter the global export market."

The flexible ergonomics of Psion Teklogix 7035 hand held computers resulted in seamless employee training and implementation. Atlantic Beef workers are providing superior results by harnessing the 7035 hand held's rugged design and Trax-IT® software's versatile features. The new mobile computing solution has enabled the company to achieve greater efficiency with its workers while increasing overall productivity and revenues.

"Psion Teklogix is truly a market leader in mobile computing devices and we are proud to have received this award with them," said Bob Aubertin, director of sales and marketing for Merit-Trax Technologies. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with Psion Teklogix to ensure Atlantic Beef maximizes the benefits of the Albany deployment."

"We are honored to be recognized by CIPA for the work we did with Atlantic Beef," said Ron Caines, Americas President, Psion Teklogix Corp. "Together with Merit-Trax, we were able to provide a Canadian market leader with a tailor-made mobile computing solution that provides the traceability functionality required for international exporting."

About Atlantic Beef Products Inc.

Established in 2003 to provide Atlantic producers with access to beef processing in the Atlantic region, Atlantic Beef Products Inc. (ABP) is a producer-owned federally inspected beef slaughter and processing facility located in Albany, Prince Edward Island, Canada. ABP utilized the most efficient high tech equipment available to become the first beef plant in North America to offer cut traceability. For more information, visit:

About Merit-Trax Technologies

Merit-Trax Technologies Inc. is a software developer and systems integrator for the food industry. We develop and implement integrated traceability solutions in order to solve inventory, production, supply chain, quality control and food safety problems in real-time. Our integrated solutions incorporate RF wireless networks, mobile handheld devices, RFID interrogators, barcode scanners and e-commerce technologies.

Merit-Trax Technologies is the developer of the Trax-IT® suite of software solutions for food industry supply and value chains. Our Trax-IT® product portfolio is compliant with the global GS1 (EAN.UCC) data standards for product identification, data integration and global data synchronization, including the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), Global Location Number (GLN), Electronic Product Code (EPC), EDI and the Global Traceability Standard.

Merit-Trax Technologies is a leading solution provider to the North American Food Industry and is a Business / Technology partner of Psion Teklogix and others to provide advanced, real-time data integration solutions. For more information, visit:

The Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA) is a celebration of IT and innovation implementation excellence in all types of organizations across the country. A CIPA award constitutes the highest form of recognition for the capabilities of an organization and its executives. CIPA applications are accepted from across the country through its alliance with OCTAS Awards managed by the Federation de l'informatique de Quebec and its collaboration with ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada, CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society, CATA (Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, CME (Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters) and CHITTA (Canadian Healthcare Information Technology Trade Association).

About Psion Teklogix

Psion Teklogix is a global provider of solutions for mobile computing and wireless data collection. The company's fully integrated mobile computing solutions include rugged hardware; secure wireless networks, robust software, professional services and exceptional support programs. Psion Teklogix is committed to helping its customers reap the benefits of new and emerging technologies, including image capture and RFID. With over three decades of industry experience, Psion Teklogix has customers in more than 80 countries around the world, and over 36 sales and support offices in 17 countries. Psion Teklogix is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with additional corporate offices in America, Europe and Asia. Psion Teklogix is the operating business of Psion PLC, which is publicly listed in the London Stock Exchange (PON.L). For more information, visit

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