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Rydex Wins Contracts From Trio Of U.S. Shipowners

Rydex Industries signed contracts to provide state-of-the-art ship/ shore communications networks for a trio of U.S. shipping companies, two of which opted for the new Rydex PSSN, a company-private network which is fully managed by Rydex. "Sea-Land Service and Keystone Shipping have selected a Rydex-managed private network, endorsing our decision to introduce this innovative and unique service option for the maritime industry, said Dan Steneker, president, Rydex. Rydex PSSN was launched following consultation with major marine companies and has reportedly attracted interest from the U.S. and Far East. Sea-Land, which operates from three U.S. offices, opted for the Rydex PSSN reportedly to give the company additional freedom to concentrate on shipping activities.

Lasco Shipping, based in Portland, Ore., has grown steadily in recent years and has plans to grow more, expanding on its current 22- vessel fleet of bulk carriers. The company exports about one million tons of scrap metal a year, making it one of the major shipping organizations on the U.S. West Coast. In addition to the Rydex ship/shore network for the vessels, the Lasco headquarters in Portland will have a private communications center incorporating industry standard MHS e-mail and fax/image gateways. Rydex Enhances Fax Services Rydex Industries Corp. has added two powerful new fax and image handling options to its successful packaging of marine communications solutions. These options use Rydex's satellite optimized exchange protocol — REP2 — to eliminate poor image quality, performance problems, and reportedly, to help reduce costs. Both options are designed to integrate fully with Rydex Marine Solutions and add value to existing systems so that clients can build a long-term, strategic and fully integrated communications infrastructure. The Rydex Image Capture Facility (ICF) module allows the simple and high performance scanning, viewing and transmission of both standard and nonstandard-size documents. Images are treated as attachments to messages and integrated with the electronic mail environment for transmission and delivery.

The fax images are compressed and transferred to the shore for delivery as conventional faxes, or directly to another user's workstation for printing or viewing as a file.

The Rydex Fax Gateway is an optional component of the Rydex Mail Manager that facilitates the distribution of images and messages to any fax destination worldwide. For more information from Rydex Circle 196 on Reader Service Card

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