Hie Electronics, Inc. Earns Frost & Sullivans 2007 North American Video Surveillance Product Innovation of the Year Award

Palo Alto, Calif. — September 26, 2007 Frost & Sullivan has recognized Hie Electronics, Inc. with the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation of the Year in the North American video surveillance market.

The Award recognizes the company’s capabilities in reducing the total cost of ownership in video surveillance applications with deep archive requirements.

The principal concern in the video surveillance storage space is the extremely high cost that one has to incur while archiving data for more than 30 days. The usual digital hard-drive based solutions become ineffective in terms of cost and reliability in cases of storage requirements at terabyte levels.

At an enterprise level implementation, it is also necessary to look at the total cost of ownership of the system. This amounts to addressing a wide range of factors encompassing operating costs, hardware and software costs, and personnel to manage the system.

"Hie Electronics’ TeraStack® solution and TBYTe® series, in addition to being easy to use and compatible across video surveillance systems, have been designed and developed to address these concerns," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Giridhar Athmanathan. "The company offers a definite overall cost advantage through its systems designed for data storage capabilities beyond terabytes, in the petabyte range."

The TBYTe® series offers a hybrid flash, hard disk drive (HDD) and Blu-ray dense optical storage, with read-write and write-once options. The TBYTe 25 or 50 (named based on the terabytes of storage space available) is 30 inches tall and fits into a standard 19-inch rack-mounted cabinet, giving it a distinct size-to-storage space advantage over other Redundant Array of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks (RAID) array-based storage systems.

They also contain eight TeraStack® storage stacks with a capacity of up to 6.25 terabytes each, each TeraStack® stores 125 BD (-R or –RE) optical media. The TBYTe®, in its 8 TeraStacks, can randomly access any file on up to 1,000 Blu-Ray discs and can simultaneously record, store, and replay data to remote clients.

One of the many diverse features of the TeraStack® solution is its ability to be remounted into a different TBYTe® unit after a certain period, with the file structure intact. Moreover, the system operates with the same amount of power utilized by a single PC, and with advanced alarm systems and enabled forensic analysis embedded within the system; the product has an unequivocal competitive advantage.

"Hie Electronics expects to be a leader in long-term data storage," says Patrick Humm, CEO. "Our patented kernel-level software provides the TeraStack solution with the ability to enter the video security and application integrated optical data storage arena as a winner."

The Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation of the Year is presented each year to the company that has demonstrated excellence in new products and technologies within its industry. The recipient company has shown innovation by launching a broad line of emerging products and technologies.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

About Hie Electronics

Hie Electronics is the innovator of the TeraStack® Solution, the first user-friendly, integrated optical solution for extended data storage and total video security needs. In 2007, Frost & Sullivan recognized Hie Electronics with the Video Surveillance Product Innovation award. The TeraStack Solution, launched in the security industry, is a cornerstone infrastructure and storage platform. Hie Electronics is located in McKinney, Texas. See: and

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