New York, N.Y. /ALAMEDA Calif. - May 15, 2001 - Fine Point Technologies, Inc. and Wind River Systems, Inc (Nasdaq: WIND) today announced that Fine Point Technologies, Inc. has become a value-added reseller of Wind River products by integrating Fine Point Technologies, Inc.'s Broadband Deployment Solution with Wind River's WinPoET™/MacPoET™ software. Through this agreement, Fine Point Technologies, Inc. will provide a complete end-to-end broadband deployment solution that includes end-user pre-qualification, service activation, subscriber management and value-added services, thereby reducing the DSL deployment bottleneck.
Under the terms of the deal, Fine Point Technologies, Inc. will extend the functionality of Wind River's industry leading client-based PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE) software solution to include value-added features along with bundled Internet service deployment technologies. Fine Point Technologies, Inc. will deliver broadband service providers a low-cost solution to speed their DSL deployment process and ensure higher deployment success rates.
The solution is designed to eliminate the need for an on-site technician (truck roll) to install/deploy DSL service, which has proven to be the bottleneck in the success of DSL in the industry today. This solution not only helps ensure a higher success rate, but also enables the service provider to deploy value-added services such as content, messaging, and security to their users.
"Wind River's WinPoET/MacPoET software has been the leading choice among broadband service providers worldwide for the user management capabilities that it provides. Now we have been able to bundle the deployment technologies that we have developed with WinPoET/MacPoET software to provide service providers with a complete deployment solution that will greatly increase deployment success and reduce the need for technical support," said John O´Keefe, president and chief executive officer of Fine Point Technologies, Inc.. "This new offering will revolutionize the suffering DSL market and help reduce the service providers´ costs."
David Fraser, vice president and general manager of Wind River's Networks, business unit added, "Wind River is pleased to be able to expand our value-added reseller program with industry leaders such as Fine Point Technologies, Inc.. Wind River's breadth and depth of enabling software technology expertise, combined with the power of Fine Point Technologies, Inc.'s robust deployment solutions, will provide an ideal solution for the telecom industry."
About Wind River
Wind River is a worldwide leader in embedded software and services for creating connected smart devices. Wind River provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, digital consumer electronics, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial automation and control, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is How Smart Things Think™. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations in sixteen countries worldwide.
About Fine Point Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1994 Fine Point Technologies, Inc. (http://www.finepoint.com) has revolutionized the way people sign-up for, connect to, and experience the Internet. The Company develops an award-winning Internet connection and sign-up software solutions for service providers, virtual ISPs, telephone companies, and cable companies worldwide. Fine Point Technologies, Inc. offers a robust, proprietary software solution that service providers can distribute en masse to market their service and sign up new users. The Company's flagship product, Total Internet®, is designed to give service providers the look, feel, functionality, and content of larger online services regardless of their size. Fine Point Technologies, Inc. is located in the heart of New York City's Downtown Silicon Alley district.
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