Microboards and BrighTech to Distribute MediaBeacon

New alliance provides sought-after solution to industries with advanced content storage and distribution requirements

Chanhassen, Minnesota, August 5, 2003 — Microboards Technology and BrighTech have announced a distribution agreement that allows Microboards to distribute their DAM flagship product to in the United States. DAM (Digital Asset Management) has become a concern to several industries with large quantities of intellectual property that have a growing need to organize and protect those assets.

Microboards Brings New Market Distribution Capability to BrighTech 
BrighTech has gained significant market attention in the Pre-Press arena because of their stability and feature set. They have an innovative approach to problems that have not been overcome by other solutionsî said Mitch Ackmann, President and COO at Microboards. ìSince it can easily be tailored to fit the needs of other markets that we have strength in, we see it as an ideal solution.î

Jason Bright, BrighTechís founder and president concurs. We chose to use Microboards as our distributor because of their strength in markets we have not yet approached, such as the Professional Video and Broadcast segments. In addition, they already distribute Pioneerís storage products and Rimageís disc publishing equipment, which allows them to provide a complete solution to the market.

BrighTec Integrates Rimage Producer for Disc-on-Demand Capabilities 
BrighTech has also announced the ability to directly integrate Rimageís Producer series of products with MediaBeacon software, a feature already in use by many of its clients. ìRimage has a long standing relationship both with Microboards and with BrighTech, and we are more than pleased to see such a great pairing of talents. We have a great deal of respect for Microboards and their industry experience, as long-time distributors of Rimage products. It is exciting to watch BrighTech taking this step to bring their exceptional DAM solution to a broader base of users.î said Ken Klinck, Executive Vice-President of Sales at Rimage.

The addition of Rimageís publishing capabilities allows users to create a labeled, recorded disc with customized content and information on the fly.

BrighTech Adds Support for Pioneer FlexLibrary Optical Storage Products 
To meet the storage demands of the typical MediaBeacon user, MediaBeacon has also integrated Pioneerís FlexLibrary line of jukeboxes for optical storage. ìWith the rapid acceptance of optical media as a more stable and versatile medium, we are seeing many of these customers change from a tape format to CD-R or DVD-R. BrighTech has done an exceptional job at addressing those needs using Pioneerís libraries said Paul Meyhoefer, Director of Sales and Marketing, Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc.

More Information and Availability
MediaBeacon and the integrate-able components are immediately available. Further information on these and other award-winning Microboards products can be obtained by contacting Microboards at 800-646-8881 or by visiting www.microboards.com

Editorial Contact:

Aaron Pratt, Marketing and Communications Manager 
P: 952.556.1600 
E-Mail: Aaronp@Microboards.com

Fiacre Douglas, Business Development Manager 
P: 612.317.0737 
E-Mail: fiacre@brightech.com

Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc.
Paul Meyhoefer, Director of Sales and Marketing 
P: 310-952-2000 
E-Mail: paul.meyhoefer@pioneer-usa.com

Rimage Rachel Zakariasen, Marketing Manager 952.944.8144 
E-Mail: rachelz@rimage.com