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Instant Access Networks to Work with FSU to Develop Electromagnetic Pulse Shield
08/15/2007

Ocean City, Md., (Aug. 15, 2007) – Instant Access Networks, LLC, (IAN) announced today that it has received $70,000 from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation’s (TEDCO) Maryland Technology Transfer Fund. The Cumberland-area company will work with Frostburg State University (FSU) to develop technology that will protect critical infrastructure from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

“TEDCO is happy to provide Instant Access Networks with the important seed funding they need in order to develop their shielding systems that will offer critical infrastructure protection from electromagnetic interference,” said John Wasilisin, vice president and chief operating officer at TEDCO.

The Public Technology Institute (PTI), a national association of local governments, will facilitate the gathering of user requirements from a number of their member organizations with mission critical facilities. In turn, IAN will use this information to develop mass-produced fixed or mobile EMP protected rooms in categories that will meet those needs. The rooms can provide protection for a variety of computing or communications equipment supporting applications ranging from a mobile command center to a back-up data center. The pilot will enable engineers to assess the range of equipment needing protection along with its accompanying power and air conditioning.

According to PTI Executive Director Alan Shark, “This project impacts a number of key interest areas of PTI members who are active in information technology and telecommunications, public safety and homeland security, energy, transportation and the environment.” IAN President Charles Manto said, “IAN also looks forward to working with PTI to help participating local governments write funding proposals so that they may purchase the EMP protected facilities that they need.”

FSU will provide a number of support activities, including work to develop alternative energy elements to power these EMP-protected facilities. FSU and IAN will participate in the Maryland Association of Counties Annual Summer Conference in Ocean City, MD this August 15-17 where they will discuss the pilot project, as well as FSU’s renewable energy symposium planned for September 14-15. Dr. Joseph Hoffman, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, called the pilot project and its relationship to other FSU activities “as an example of the cross-disciplinary activities of FSU science and engineering departments that support local business.”

Local government or business units with mission-critical facilities in need of protection from electromagnetic pulse may participate in the pilot project free of charge by contacting Mrs. Robin Frazier, VP of Intergovernmental Affairs at (443) 867-6807 or e-mailing her at rfrazier@stop-EMP.com. More information about the pilot is available at www.safe9-1-1.com.

About Instant Access Networks, LLC. (IAN): IAN is a western Maryland based company whose on-demand services center on the protection of mission critical facilities and infrastructure from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) primarily through its commercial-off-the-shelf products and services. For more information about the pilot project, see www.safe9-1-1.com. For information on EMP, see www.stop-EMP.com.

About The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO): The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), an independent entity, was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1998 to facilitate the creation of businesses and foster their growth in all regions of the State. TEDCO's role is to be Maryland's leading source of funding for seed capital and entrepreneurial business assistance for technology transfer and development programs. TEDCO connects emerging technology companies with federal laboratories, research universities, business incubators and specialized technical assistance. For the fourth consecutive year, TEDCO was recognized as the most active early/seed stage investor in the nation in the July 2007 issue of Entrepreneur magazine. For more information on TEDCO and its programs and resources, visit www.MarylandTEDCO.org.

About Frostburg State University: Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University (FSU) is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information about FSU, visit the University’s Web site at www.frostburg.edu. For project information, contact Dean Hoffman at jhoffman@frostburg.edu.

About WISE: The Wind -Solar Energy (WISE) project, a partnership between FSU and Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), is a grid-tied residential scale wind and solar powered demonstration system constructed at FSU to supply Fuller House. The total rated power is 3.8 kW. The system will enable study of the efficiency of solar and wind energy in Western Maryland. The project is sponsored by the MEA to develop a knowledge base for community outreach programs and interdisciplinary courses taught at FSU. As part of the project, FSU will host the Renewable Energy Symposium and Exhibition on September 14 and 15, 2007, in Compton Science Center. Invited and contributed papers on renewable energy applications will be presented and discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to see the FSU solar-wind powered residential demo system in operation and visit the exhibition displaying a variety of renewable energy products and projects. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu/renewable.

About PTI: Public Technology Institute (PTI) is a national, member-supported organization formed in the 1970s by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC), and based in Washington, D.C. As the only technology organization created by and for cities and counties, PTI works with a core network of leading local government officials—the PTI membership—to identify opportunities for technology research, share best practices, offer consultancies and pilot demonstrations, promote technology development initiatives and develop enhanced educational programming.

Officials from PTI member governments participate in councils and forums that address specific technology areas. Through a corporate partner program with leading technology companies and partnerships with federal agencies and other governmental organizations, PTI shares the results of these activities and the expertise of its members with the broader audience of the thousands of cities and counties across the U.S. PTI Project Contact: Ronda Mosley, rmosley@pti.org.

For more information, contact: Chuck Manto, IAN President, (410) 991-1469 (mobile) or Chuck@stop-EMP.com

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