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EION Receives Canadian Space Agency Funding for Spot Beam Optimization Technology

Ottawa, Canada; January 16, 2007 - The Canadian Space Agency has recently awarded Ottawa based EION Inc., a provider of wireless communications solutions, funding towards the development of technology to optimize multiple beam satellite systems. This project is part of the Agency's Space Technology Development Program (STDP), which promotes the design and development of innovative technologies to maintain Canada's position as leader in space technology.

EION Inc. will provide the world's first intelligent optimization emulator for multiple spot beam bandwidth management with Quality of Service. This technology will allow the SatCom operators to perform capacity planning and Quality of Service centric advanced services without incurring large capital expenses, and will provide a significantly differentiating technology to the Satellite industry that will revolutionize spot beam management.

This contract is an important component of the CSA's plan to support the development of innovative and emerging technologies to ensure the growth and competitiveness of the Canadian space industry and to meet known and potential needs of the Canadian Space Program.

"The STDP funding from CSA clearly demonstrates EION's continued strength in delivering highly reliable rugged IP communications technologies. Partnering with the CSA will put EION and Canadian Technology into the global space communications market, though innovative and advanced technology development programs such as this one," commented Kalai Kalaichelvan, EION's CEO. He adds "Our main aim in this project is to take EION’s core-competency in data networking and networking technology to the next level so that useful and intelligent real-time multimedia services can be exchanged between centers of excellence and remote communities."

The vision of EION is to “Reach the Unreachable.” Keeping with EION’s vision, the prime objective of this project is to share the world’s knowledgebase with people, regardless of their geographical location or the accessibility of traditional infrastructure.

This technology will allow feature-rich broadband links to enable multimedia services such as Telemedicine, e-learning, and e-commerce in truly isolated communities in Canada's North, resulting in cost savings, improved education and literacy rates, enhanced quality of life and increased productivity. Not only will communities benefit from this project, but so will Canada's resource industries such as forestry, mining and oil & gas exploration - reducing their operating and logistics costs by transmitting bandwidth intensive data across the globe from remote sites.


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About EION
EION provides the broadest line of IP solutions for data and voice over satellite, wired, and wireless networks. EION is an industry leader in delivering mission-critical IP solutions for Telecom and Defense equipment manufacturers. EION has the world's leading IP solution portfolio that enables: Routing (IPv4, IPv6), Security, Quality of Service (QoS), MPLS, and related embedded IP technologies for satellite, wired and wireless networks. Over 120 equipment manufacturers already incorporate EION's real-time embedded software globally.
For more information, visit: www.eion.com

About the CSA
Established in 1989 with its Headquarters situated in Longueuil, Quebec, the CSA is responsible for leading the national space program. The CSA coordinates programs supporting Earth and the Environment, Space Science, Human Presence in Space, Satellite Communications, Space Technology, Space Qualification Services, Space Awareness and Education. The CSA is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

For additional information, please contact:
Richard Kelland
Marketing & Communications
Phone: (613) 271-4400 x232
e-mail: richard@eion.com

Canadian Space Agency
Patricia Falls
Acting Communications Officer
Communications and Public Affairs Directorate
Canadian Space Agency
6767, route de l'Aéroport, Saint-Hubert (Québec) J3Y 8Y9
Tel : (450) 926-6414
Fax: (450) 926-4351
E-mail : patricia.falls@space.gc.ca