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Amino to deploy its IP Set-Top Boxes into French Hospitals

EONA selects Amino for hospital IPTV deployment in France

Cambridge, UK, 14 February 2006: : Amino, leading IPTV software and customer premises equipment provider, has been selected by EONA and La Communication Hospitaliere, technology providers and integrators respectively, of on-demand digital solutions for hospitality, corporate and education markets, to enable its delivery of interactive IPTV services to patients of the Centre Hospitalier of Valenciennes, in France. Amino's presence in the international hospitality entertainment sector is strengthened with a deployment of several thousand units. The AmiNET103 is the ideal choice as it allows patients to take full advantage of the hospital's IP network, offering high-speed Internet access, multicast Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and true video-on-demand (VOD) straight to their bedside.

"Amino has a great track record in the hotel industry, as well as in hospitals. We wanted to provide a hotel-quality service for patients, alongside good revenue opportunities for the hospital, and the features offered by the AmiNET103 really fit the bill", explained Stephane Hunot, General Director at La Communication Hospitaliere.

By working with Amino, we have ensured that our hospitality IPTV solution offers the highest levels of performance and flexibility for our customers," noted Grégory Louf, Sales Director for EONA. "Our security and VOD software has been extensively pre-tested with Amino's technology to ensure interoperability, allowing LCH to deploy interactive VOD and gaming services and premium content to patients. Amino leads the market for IPTV set-top box innovation, allowing customers to deploy advanced services at lower cost".

With an Ethernet input and TV video and audio output, the AmiNET103 STB provides an elegant, low cost and powerful means of delivering sophisticated interactive digital television including multicast and on-demand video.

The deployment at the Centre Hospitalier of Valenciennes is EONA's first completely digital, interactive IPTV service in a hospital, and was carried out using DSL technology to remove the need for new wiring; instead the existing installed network was utilised. The deployment marks a new stage in EONA's development, and the company plans to embark on similar projects in France and other countries in the future. "This deployment signifies the expansion of IPTV into the hospitality environment," commented Karthik Ranjan, Vice President of Product Marketing at Amino "we see the IPTV hospitality sector market growing, as public service infrastructure upgrades their data networks to offer triple-play services."

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About Amino

Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) develops core software technologies and customer-premises products for the IPTV market, and partners with world-leading companies in content aggregation, middleware, conditional access, and head-end systems.

Amino software is designed to manage all types of digital content, enabling the provision of multiple services such as voice, data, broadcast TV, and on-demand services in a single consumer device. We also develop and supply the AmiNET family of digital set-top boxes, based on our software technology, which have been adopted by telecom service providers for broadband TV deployments worldwide. Building further on our core software, we also develop digital, on-demand TV systems specifically for the hotel and leisure industry.

Amino Communications is part of Amino Technologies PLC. listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino is based near Cambridge, UK, and has offices in Atlanta Georgia and Hong Kong.

About EONA

Headquartered in France, EONA (www.eona.com) is a software provider of On-Demand Digital solutions & Digital Public Display solutions for hospitality, corporate and education market. The company focuses on two product lines; Digital Entertainment Solution (D.E.S) - a turn-key solution for entertainment and communication services for hotels, health care, cruise ships and residential complexes, and Media Retrieval Solution (M.R.S); a complete end-to-end solution for management and delivery of video and multimedia contents for enterprises, training centres, libraries, universities, colleges and schools. EONA has deployments world-wide, including Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East, and has set up partnerships with leading manufacturers (set-top boxes, encoders, network equipment) and key contents providers (box-office and adult movies) to develop end-to-end solutions.

About La Communication Hospitaliere

Founded in 1983, La Communication Hospitaliere (LCH) specialises in turn-key solutions for television and telephone services in the hospitality industry, as well as in hospitals. LCH has installations across France, including Gesitel, Electroline, Tonna, PDIA, Visicable and Visiaccess.

For further information please contact:
Jenna Keighley, EML
The Albany Boathouse, Lower Ham Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 5BB.
+44 (0)20 8408 8000, amino@eml.com

Joanne Martin-Loat, Amino Communications
Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB4 5UQ.
+44 (0)1954 234 100, https://www.aminocom.com

Gregory Louf, EONA SA
4 Bis, Avenue du Pré de Challes, 74940 Annecy le Vieux, France
+33 (0) 4 50 64 08 97