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RAE Systems Announces AreaConnect 500 Monitoring and Management Appliance for Multi-Sensor Networks


SUNNYVALE, Calif. August 17, 2004 RAE Systems Inc. (AMEX: RAE), a leading global developer and manufacturer of rapidly-deployable, multi-sensor chemical and radiation detection monitors and networks for homeland security and industrial applications, today announced that it has launched the AreaConnect 500, a data consolidator and communications bridge designed to aggregate data from multiple sensor networks in remote locations. It remotely displays the data over a standard network connection, and provides comprehensive alarm processing and remote alerting. AreaConnect 500 delivers life-critical information in seconds and enables real-time decision making for emergency response, trend analysis for long-term studies, corporate level safety monitoring of remote facilities and incident scaling.

For example, many departments and agencies may respond to the site of a HazMat spill, environmental accident or possible terrorist event, and the experts required to make command decisions are often nowhere near the incident site. As each department deploys their own sensing networks, an integrated real-time data view is critical, as is the ability to continue to add on additional networks as they arrive on site. Data interoperability is just as critical as voice or radio interoperability. Each AreaConnect 500 can control, aggregate and monitor data from up to four video streams and 17 sensor streams, giving remote experts the power to instantly view integrated, aggregated data such as real-time plume models, video streams, and chemical and radiological readings to make well-informed, life-critical decisions.

The AreaConnect 500 represents a new approach to hazardous environment monitoring, bridging wireless data streams to wired networks, enabling more points of monitoring over a larger area than ever before possible. The AreaConnect 500 also powerfully leverages existing fixed monitoring networks in public facilities and industrial plants and can integrate data from ad hoc wireless networks deployed for environmental remediation or fenceline monitoring. For example, the AreaConnect 500 can integrate facility and fenceline monitoring for a large number of manufacturing plants and aggregate those results in real-time for personnel at worldwide corporate headquarters. As a result, there is better community awareness and protection, better visibility into the state of facilities, and faster response in the event of an emergency. For example, the AreaConnect 500 can control power switching and small devices such as door locks and light switches.

One of the critical lessons learned in the aftermath of 9/11 was that lack of interoperability of inter-agency voice communications hindered effective response, said Robert I. Chen, CEO of RAE Systems. At the TOPOFF II terrorism drills last year, we learned that in addition to voice, the aggregation, interoperability and analysis of data were among the most crucial elements in effectively responding to a hazardous situation.

Continued Chen, For the first time, the launch of the AreaConnect 500 enables any number of response teams or monitoring sites the flexibility to access, rewind, replay and interpret multiple data streams. We often talk of more data, faster data, better data as our goal in driving better decision making, and the AreaConnect 500 takes a major jump in providing all three.

The AreaConnect 500 is currently available and is in use at a number of corporate and industrial locations. The AreaConnect 500 is compatible with AreaRAE, AreaRAE Gamma, AreaRAE GPS, AreaRAE IAQ, RAEWatch, RAELink, ProRAE Remote, WiFi (802.11 A/G), 802.3 Ethernet, GPRS and SMS networks.

For more information, please contact RAE Systems at 1-877-723-2878 or e-mail raesales@raesystems.com.

About RAE Systems
RAE Systems is a leading global developer and manufacturer of rapidly-deployable, multi-sensor chemical detection monitors and networks for homeland security and industrial applications. In addition, RAE Systems offers a full line of portable single-sensor chemical and radiation detection products. RAE Systems products enable the military and first responders such as firefighters, law enforcement and other emergency management personnel to detect and provide early warning of weapons of mass destruction and other hazardous materials. Industrial applications include the detection of toxic industrial chemicals, volatile organic compounds and petrochemicals. RAE Systems products are used by many U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of State, as well as all branches of the U.S. military, and by numerous city and state agencies. Our end users also include many of the worlds leading corporations in the airline, automotive, computer and oil industries. Our products are used in civilian and government atmospheric monitoring programs in over 50 countries. For more information about RAE Systems, please visit www.RAESystems.com


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