SOURCE: Visual Management Systems, Inc.

July 15, 2008 15:31 ET

Visual Management Systems Provides Big Brothers Big Sisters With Video Surveillance Solution

VMS Partners With Mercom Capital Group to Secure Nonprofit's Central Texas Location

TOMS RIVER, NJ--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - Visual Management Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: VMSY) ("VMS"), a leading digital surveillance company based in Toms River, N.J., is pleased to announce that it has teamed with its Austin, TX based investor and public relations firm, Mercom Capital Group, llc ("Mercom"), to provide Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas with a video surveillance system. Through its relationship with Mercom, VMS discovered the nonprofit recently suffered a string of thefts and acts of vandalism. To help Big Brothers Big Sisters combat this rash of crime, VMS donated eight cameras and a flagship Virtual Manager 2 DVR. The solution was implemented in two phases, culminating this past weekend when VMS CEO Jason Gonzalez and Director of Operations Kevin Sangirardi volunteered their time to complete the project.

"For several years, our budget wouldn't allow for increased security measures beyond our existing alarm systems and lighting. Neither had deterred the smash and grabs, which occurred even in daylight hours," said Melanie Chasteen, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. "Mercom and VMS have been very generous in providing a tool to us that we couldn't otherwise afford, [one] that allows us to feel some measure of control over our premises."

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping children ages six to 16 reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships in the Austin area since 1971. Unfortunately, the Central Texas office is located in an area where crime is a regular occurrence, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters facility has not been immune from break-ins, vandalism and theft.

"It really is disconcerting that unfortunate incidents such as these happen to such well-meaning and valuable organizations," said Wendy Prabhu, President and Co-founder of Mercom Capital Group. "We are proud to work with companies like VMS who come to the aid of deserving nonprofits like Big Brothers Big Sisters in their time of need."

The VMS effort to protect the nonprofit's facility is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program that Mercom is helping initiate. The company's charitable contributions have not gone unnoticed: the Big Brothers Big Sisters project captured the attention of Austin media, and several major network affiliates followed the installation from start to finish. Rebroadcasts of the coverage may be viewed by following the links: VMS/BBBS 1, VMS/BBBS 2 and VMS/BBBS 3.

"VMS has a great appreciation for all that Big Brothers Big Sisters represents," stated Mr. Gonzalez. "I'm very pleased we were in a position to help address their safety and security concerns."

About Visual Management Systems

Visual Management Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: VMSY) ("VMS") provides video surveillance solutions to small and mid-size enterprises. VMS's products and services help businesses, government agencies and educational institutions prevent crime, ensure safety, enhance productivity and improve service. Since its inception, VMS has been committed to developing and implementing industry-leading video security technology at affordable price points. For more information, visit www.vmscctv.com or call 877-323-CCTV.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. They have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children, ages six through 18, in communities across the country -- including yours. Their mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationship with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit: http://www.bbbs.org.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, visit: http://www.bbbscentraltx.org/Live/_index.shtml.

About Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc is a full-service investor and public relations firm based in Austin, Texas. The company provides strategic investor relations and public relations advice and services to both public and private companies. Mercom manages all aspects of a public relations program including strategic planning, media relations, campaign development, media targeting, event planning, road shows, corporate social responsibility programs and industry analyst relations. Mercom helps its clients develop industry relationships with media, analysts, institutional investors and other strategic partners. For more information about Mercom Capital Group, visit: http://www.mercomcapital.com.

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Contact Information

  • Investor Relations Contact:
    Mustafa R. Qutub
    Visual Management Systems
    1-877-323-CCTV ext. 209
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