SOURCE: Sonitor Technololgies, Inc.

February 26, 2007 08:00 ET

U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center Selects the Sonitor Ultrasound IPS for Pilot Installation

Pilot Project to Assess the Usability and Accuracy of the Sonitor System in Tracking and Monitoring Portable Medical Equipment

LARGO, FL and ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 26, 2007 -- Sonitor Technologies, Inc., in conjunction with distributor Arrowpoint Corporation, announced today that the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (Fort Detrick, Maryland) has selected the Sonitor ultrasound indoor positioning system (IPS) for a pilot installation at the Uniformed Services Health Sciences University in Bethesda, MD. (The facility is co-located with the National Naval Medical Center.) This pilot installation will assess the usability and accuracy of the Sonitor system in tracking and monitoring portable medical equipment on one floor of a campus building.

"We are delighted that the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center has selected the Sonitor ultrasound IPS for such a prominent project," said Terry Aasen, President and CEO of Sonitor Technologies, Inc. "The ability to quickly and accurately locate moveable, medical equipment is one of the major problems facing medical facilities today. We are confident that the Uniformed Services Health Sciences University will quickly realize the benefits and advantages to using the Sonitor ultrasound IPS, and will build the business case, in terms of hard ROI numbers, for use throughout this campus and other U.S. Army medical locations."

Mr. Aasen continued, "This installation will demonstrate the capabilities of the Sonitor IPS system for tracking and preventing loss or misplacement of medical equipment, as well as showcase how our system can ultimately improve patient care and safety and streamline business processes. Moreover, we believe the installation at Uniformed Services Health Sciences University will provide an excellent model for tracking medical equipment at U.S. Army military installations around the world."

The Sonitor IPS is a robust, accurate, yet simple tracking solution that addresses the real-time location of moveable equipment and people in complex indoor environments, such as hospitals and other medical facilities. Its patented ultrasound technology ensures that the detectors interpret a Tag's signals with 100% room-level accuracy and without risk of interference from any environmental noise or other signals nor interfere with sensitive instruments, which is particularly important in a hospital or medical facility setting. The system is based on a unique and patented use of ultrasound for communications in air that identifies the position of any object or person in real-time.

Motion activated "Tags" will be attached to mobile equipment items on one floor of a campus building at the Uniformed Services Health Sciences University. The Tag transmits its unique identification signal using ultrasound waves as the object moves throughout the monitored area.

Detectors, using Sonitor's patented Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms, transmit signals in digital format via the existing wireless LAN at the University to a central computer unit that stores the information about the Tag's location and the time of the receipt of the Tag signal in a software program. This information will enable the Uniformed Services Health Sciences University staff to retrieve a Tag's position and/or movement and determine precisely by room where the tracked object with that specific Tag is located. Because the transmitted ultrasound signals cannot penetrate walls, the Sonitor Tag signals are impervious to eavesdropping from outside the room or building where they originate. Due to the simple and accurate location detection, only very small amounts of data need to be transmitted over the LAN, so the Sonitor IPS is considered being very network friendly.

About Sonitor Technologies

Sonitor Technologies is the developer, manufacturer and supplier of a proprietary ultrasound indoor positioning system (IPS) that automatically tracks precisely by room the real-time location of moveable equipment and people in complex indoor environments, such as hospitals. The Sonitor IPS uses "Detectors" and "Tags" that are linked through the existing wired or wireless LAN to a digital file containing all vital statistics and information about the item or person being monitored. The motion activated Tag transmits a unique identification signal using ultrasound waves to special Detectors that use Sonitor patented ultrasound signal Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms. The Detectors transmit signals via an existing LAN to a central computer that stores the information about the Tag's room-location and the time of receipt of the signal. Sonitor's ultrasound technology ensures that detectors interpret Tag signals without risk of interference from any environmental noise or other signals, such as reflections from metallic objects found with radio frequency-based systems (RFIDs), nor interfere with sensitive instruments, which is particularly important in a hospital setting. The system is designed for safety, and all emitted sound pressure levels are within the international regulations for the safe use of ultrasound. Sonitor Technologies was founded in Norway in 1997. To learn more about the Company and its ultrasound IPS, please visit the corporate web site -- www.sonitor.com.

About Arrowpoint Corporation

Arrowpoint is a veteran-owned corporation, focused on the strategic planning, business development, management consultation and analysis needs of our clients. Founded in March 2000, Arrowpoint has successfully provided federal and state agencies, as well as commercial clients with the professional services to give them the strategic edge they need to succeed.

Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, within the D.C. metropolitan area and with offices throughout the United States, Arrowpoint Corporation has been providing our clients with reliable managed services that they depend on to excel in today's market. Arrowpoint's diverse and highly experienced personnel have been able to help our customers accelerate their success in every market they serve. To learn more about Arrowpoint Corporation, visit www.arrowpoint.net.

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Contact Information

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    Sonitor Technologies
    Terry Aasen
    President & CEO
    Sonitor Technologies, Inc. (USA)
    Tel: +1 (877) 477-9767
    Email: terry.aasen@sonitor.com

    Arrowpoint Corporation
    Chris Small
    CEO
    Arrowpoint Corporation
    Tel: +1 (703) 778-3900

    Sonitor Investor / Media Relations
    Kathy Price / Allan Jordan
    The Global Consulting Group
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