Kongsberg Defence Communications Selects Birdstep to Provide Hassle Free Connectivity and Seamless Mobility to Their Security Solution for Stationary and Portable PCs - "EnGuard"

OSLO, Norway and SEATTLE, March 14, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Birdstep Technology, a developer of high performance, small footprint databases and wireless-enabling technologies, announced today that Kongsberg Defence Communications (KDC) has selected their mobile IP client software, adding hassle-free connectivity and seamless mobility to their security solution for stationary and portable PCs - "EnGuard."

Encryption of external data sources as well as sensitive information residing on PC's and Laptops has always been an important task. With the ever-increasing nomadic lifestyles of professionals carrying company sensitive information, this has become an even greater issue.

"EnGuard," KDC's comprehensive security solution for PC's and Laptops, offers a full range of security and encryption mechanisms for communication and storing of sensitive data. The solution is targeted for defence agencies, corporate users and governmental bodies that have strict security requirements.

"Recognizing our users need for hassle-free connectivity and seamless mobility across various communication infrastructures, we have selected to incorporate Birdstep Intelligent Mobile IP Client into our product," said VP Torunn Ovreas at Kongsberg Defence Communications. "Birdstep was the only mobile IP provider that could offer an open standards based client, that was easily adaptable to our "EnGuard" solution," she continued.

KDC will launch the integrated solution in July this year.

"This is another important endorsement of our technology and our leading positioning in the fast growing market of Mobile IP," said Terje Andersen, CEO of Birdstep.

About Birdstep Technology

Birdstep Technology was founded in Oslo, Norway in 1996 and is traded on the Norwegian OTC market under ticker "BIRD". The company has approximately 80 employees in Oslo and Seattle. Birdstep's small footprint, high performance database technologies combined with its wireless roaming and access software enables companies to build innovative solutions for embedded systems and the Mobile Internet. Birdstep makes your information accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device and on any infrastructure. For more information, visit http://www.birdstep.com.

About Kongsberg Defence Communications

Kongsberg Defence Communications has been working for decades with high-technology development and sales of tactical communications systems and encryption systems for both the defence and public authorities markets. The company's products and systems are used in more than 30 countries around the world.

Kongsberg Defence Communications, which is located 20 kilometres outside Oslo, has some 200 employees and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Norway's largest defence company, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS.


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