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Thales and CalAmp Enter Agreement to Develop New Features For Thales' TopSeries In-Flight Entertainment System


SAN DIEGO, Mar 22, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Thales and CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP) jointly announced that the two companies have entered into a teaming agreement focused on expanding the capabilities of the Thales TopSeries(TM) in-flight entertainment system (IFE). Thales offers an advanced IFE platform for all Boeing and Airbus aircraft that is supported by CalAmp's design expertise in software user applications, embedded systems and wireless solutions. This agreement will leverage the two companies' products and services which are expected to lead to many new system features for both passengers and crews.

Under the agreement, CalAmp will support Thales' application roadmap by conducting research studies, designing and testing user applications and hardware, and packaging content. In addition, CalAmp will explore with Thales the utility of wireless technology in the aircraft cabin environment. "Thales is at the forefront of new business growth in an industry that is increasingly exploring opportunities to remain competitive. CalAmp's wireless engineering heritage and expertise in content delivery is well suited to achieve Thales' goals," said Steve L'Heureux, President of CalAmp's Solutions Division. CalAmp has been providing breakthrough wireless and content delivery solutions for almost 25 years and is focused on providing solutions for the entertainment media delivery, healthcare and public safety markets.

The agreement comes as a result of a successful working relationship that started over a year ago when Thales and CalAmp worked on an airline project specific to the A380 aircraft. It was during this time that Thales realized how well the two organizations worked together. "CalAmp's expertise in emerging technologies and ability to produce customer-driven system feature recommendations is what our business needs," said Brad Foreman, Vice President and General Manager for Thales' in-flight entertainment business. Both Thales and CalAmp see the user experience as the core element of success and will integrate system user inputs throughout the design and development of future system features.

About Thales

Thales, a world leader in professional electronics for civil and defense markets, is the European leader and world-renowned partner in avionics, utilities and in-flight entertainment.

About CalAmp Corporation

CalAmp is a leading provider of wireless and content delivery solutions. The company headquarters is in Oxnard, Calif., and has approximately 600 employees. Founded in 1981, CalAmp has been publicly traded since 1983 as NASDAQ:CAMP.

SOURCE: CalAmp Corp.

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