QNX Signs on BitCtrl Systems as First Distributor for Central Europe

OTTAWA, CANADA, May 5, 2003 - As part of its new indirect channel program, the QNX Solutions Network, QNX Software Systems has appointed Leipzig-based BitCtrl Systems GmbH as the first QNX distributor for Germany, Austria, and German Switzerland.

BitCtrl has been developing QNX-based products for over 12 years and has in-depth knowledge of the QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system. Besides distributing QNX technology and providing round-the-clock support, BitCtrl will also offer consulting, training, custom engineering, and a range of third-party products to its QNX customers.

The aim of the QNX Solutions Network is to meet the growing demand for QNX technology by building a worldwide network of professional, highly qualified distributors.

"Thanks to our long-standing relationship with QNX Software Systems and our know-how in the embedded market, we are ideally suited to provide distribution and support of QNX technology. Good, fast, direct support is absolutely essential to reducing time-to-market, especially for the development of embedded products," said Dr. Gunter Geigemüller, managing director of BitCtrl GmbH. "The signing of the contract means that we now also distribute the QNX Momentics® development suite - the latest addition to our QNX software portfolio."

The QNX Solutions Network provides distributors with simplified order processing, timely product delivery, and the ability to leverage discount price structures. Distributors belonging to the network serve developers in the telecommunications, automotive, telematics, medical, military, point of sale (POS), and industrial automation markets.

To attract and retain top-tier distributors, the QNX Solutions Network offers carefully defined market territories that safeguard distributor margins. Members of the network can also take advantage sales and marketing tools, training, and certification.

About BitCtrl Systems GmbH
BitCtrl Systems GmbH was founded in 1990 by employees of the Technical University of Leipzig's Institute for Process Control Engineering and the company SW Datentechnik. The company specializes in the development and marketing of QNX-based solutions and products. BitCtrl's main product is the QNX-based SCADA System FlexCtrl (pronounced flex control), used in medium to very large process control systems for the water/sewage, gas, energy, transport, and traffic industries. Besides a range of drivers for field buses and support for a variety of hardware devices under the QNX Neutrino RTOS, BitCtrl offers board support packages and third-party products for QNX development. In addition to seminars and training, BitCtrl helps users develop and port existing embedded control systems to the QNX Neutrino RTOS. BitCtrl's customers include Siemens, Alstom, Cegelec, AEG, Bosch, RWE, Gasunie, Georg Fischer, Thyssen, and PSI. Visit www.bitctrl.de.

About QNX Software Systems
Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime, microkernel OS technology. The inherent reliability, scalable architecture, and proven performance of the QNX Neutrino RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications in the networking, automotive, medical, and industrial automation markets. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Ford, Johnson Controls, Siemens, and Texaco depend on the QNX technology for their mission- and life-critical applications. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, QNX Software Systems maintains offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, and distributes its products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.

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Andrea Adam
QNX Germany
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