BMW And mPhase Announce First DSL-Powered Video Information Network; Manufacturing Plant Leverages Existing Telecom Infrastructu

BMW And mPhase Announce First DSL-Powered Video Information Network;
Manufacturing Plant Leverages Existing Telecom Infrastructure To Reduce Install
Oct 03, 2000 08:27 AM ET Business Wire
NORWALK, Conn. & SPARTANBURG, S.C., Oct 3, 2000 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- mPhase
Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB:XDSL), the leading designer of broadcast digital
television and high-speed data solutions for the telecommunications industry,
and BMW Manufacturing Corp., the exclusive US-based BMW auto manufacturer,
today announced the successful rollout of a pioneering information delivery
network which leverages the plant's existing copper telephone wire
infrastructure to provide a DSL video service of up-to-the-minute news,
marketing information and corporate communication to BMW's 3,700 employees. BMW
is employing mPhase's Traverser(TM) technology for transmitting video over
copper telephone wire, avoiding the additional expense of installing coaxial
cable and significantly reducing BMW's project production costs.
"By leveraging mPhase's ability to utilize our existing infrastructure to build
this communications network, we saved a substantial amount of time and money,"
said Carl Flesher, vice president of corporate communications at BMW
Manufacturing Corp. "The mPhase solution provided a considerable cost savings
that allowed us to complete the project quickly, and with minimal interference
with plant operations. Because the initial response to this pilot program has
been so positive, there are immediate plans to expand the number of monitors
located throughout the plant."
The BMW Information Network will consist of over 100 television monitors
located in high visibility locations throughout the plant, combined with
content creation and aggregation software to coordinate the broadcast schedule.
BMW is able to create, aggregate and distribute video, graphics and text-based
messages to their employees throughout the day. This first-of-its-kind
information network, connected by telephone wire, provides employees with
up-to-the-minute production news updates, BMW worldwide product news, as well
as local news and weather.
"The mPhase solution provides a unique capability for manufacturing plants to
provide next generation services to their employees while using their existing
infrastructure," said Ronald A. Durando, president and CEO of mPhase
Technologies. "The Traverser provides the industrial marketplace with a content
delivery system without adding the expense of upgrading their existing wiring."
How it Works:
Live video feeds received by satellite, taped broadcast video and content
created at the plant is sent to the mPhase Traverser head-end. Using patented
technology, the mPhase Traverser then transforms the content into MPEG format
and instantly distributes the programming to televisions throughout the plant.
Unlike most closed circuit television networks built on coaxial cabling, the
mPhase solution uses copper telephone wiring to transport television
programming. Using full Rate Adaptive Digital Subscriber Line (RADSL)
technology, mPhase is able to simultaneously deliver high-speed Internet,
digital television and voice service over a single standard copper telephone
wire.
"Upgrading network cabling in a large facility like a manufacturing plant is a
difficult and expensive process," said Eric Rasmussen, senior consultant at
Telechoice. "Companies that can offer advanced services that require little
reworking of the existing network will be able to provide a solution that will
be much more attractive to IT managers."
About BMW Manufacturing Corp.
BMW Manufacturing Corp. is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich. Its website
address is www.bmwusfactory.com. In addition to the South Carolina
manufacturing facility, BMW's North American subsidiaries include sales,
marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and
throughout Latin America; an information technology consulting and systems
integration firm in South Carolina; a production facility in Mexico; and a
design firm in California.
About mPhase Technologies, Inc.
mPhase Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: XDSL), develops solutions for
cost-effectively and reliably transmitting broadcast (real time) digital
television programming, high-speed Internet access and traditional telephone
service over existing copper telephone lines. The company's flagship product,
the Traverser Digital Video and Data Delivery System (DVDDS), uses Rate
Adaptive Digital Subscriber Line (RADSL) technology to enable telephone
companies to simultaneously transmit high-speed Internet access, up to 400
channels of digital television programming and traditional voice services using
existing copper infrastructure. The comprehensive package offered by mPhase and
mPhaseTV provides telephone companies with turnkey systems that couple
technology with content, thereby enhancing their revenue opportunities. More
information is available at www.mPhaseTech.com or www.mPhaseTV.net, or by
calling 1.877.MPHASETV. Investors may obtain additional investor information
and subscribe to investor services by referring to the Investor Information
section on the mPhase Web site, by calling the mPhase Investor Hotline at
1.877.411.XDSL or by calling the Investor Relations Department at
1.203.854.1343.
Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical
facts may constitute forward looking statements as that term is defined in the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward looking
statements contained herein are based on current expectations, but are subject
to a number of risks and uncertainties.
The factors that could cause actual future results to differ materially from
current expectations include the following: fluctuations in customer demand;
the Company's ability to manage its growth; the risk of new product
introductions and customer acceptance of new products; the rapid technological
change which characterizes the Company's markets; the risks associated with
competition; the risks associated with international sales as the Company
expands its markets; and the ability of the Company to compete successfully in
the future, as well as other risks identified in the Company's Securities and
Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to those appearing under
the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Prospectus.
CONTACT: mPhase Technologies, Inc. Michael Meek 203-854-1343
[email protected] or Schwartz Communications, Inc. Tim King
781-684-0770 [email protected] or BMW Manufacturing Robert Hitt
864-989-5536 [email protected]
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