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Frost & Sullivan Names IBM the 2008 North American Video Surveillance Software Company of the Year


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ARMONK, NY - 18 Apr 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has been named the 2008 North American Video Surveillance Software Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan. IBM Global Technology Services has received this award due to its commitment to enhance its customers' physical security and its ability to develop solutions that help address customers' digital video surveillance needs.

Frost & Sullivan identified the recipient of this award based on the following criteria: revenue and market-share growth; proof of success executing a restructuring strategy; new market penetration; marketing, promotion, and visibility of the company through various media; evidence of success through strategy innovation; technological innovation and leadership; increased name recognition; and improvement in customer satisfaction and loyalty levels.

Also, key to IBM receiving this award, is its leading-edge IBM Smart Surveillance Solution (SSS) security technology, which enables clients to perform more effective data analysis of video sequences either in real-time or from recordings. It can help clients gather critical information, reduce costs, and improve response time by integrating data from multiple sources -- including video cameras, radar, sensors and audio inputs -- and applying metadata search parameters and event prioritization criteria.

IBM has proven its digital video surveillance capabilities through real world implementations that go well beyond the controlled environments of research labs and prototypes. In 2007, IBM won video surveillance contracts with various government, retail, education, and financial institutions.

"In recognition for its excellence in developing solutions to improve functionality and reduce business problems and complexity for end users, Frost & Sullivan is proud to present IBM with its 2008 North American Video Surveillance Software Company of the Year Award," said Dilip Sarangan, industry analyst with Frost & Sullivan's AutoID and Security Practice. "In the year since entering the market, IBM has created ripples in the industry and developed into one of the heavyweights in video surveillance. The Smart Surveillance Solution (SSS) is recognized by partners, competitors and end-users as the most robust video management engine with integrated analytics."

"IBM is focused on delivering high-value, innovative solutions to our clients everyday -- to be acknowledged for doing this type of work in the digital video surveillance market is a great honor," said Jeanne Jang, IBM Digital Video Surveillance Global Lead.

About Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Awards
The Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year is presented each year to the company that has demonstrated unparalleled excellence within its industry. The Award is based on numerous factors including the company's business development, competitive strategy, customer satisfaction, and leadership within a particular Frost & Sullivan Industry Research Group (IRG). This company is perceived to exhibit outstanding management and consistent growth. The company must offer high quality products and/or services and have positive social and economic impact on local and national communities. The company's customer service offerings and performance are expected to be of very high caliber. The company should have proven expertise in taking advantage of market changes by capturing and solidifying market presence, or through execution of innovative strategies within the existing competitive landscape.

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Global Growth Consulting Company, partners with clients to accelerate their growth. The company's Growth Partnership Services, Growth Consulting and Career Best Practices empower clients to create a growth focused culture that generates, evaluates and implements effective growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 30 offices on six continents. For more information about Frost & Sullivan's Growth Partnerships, visit http://www.awards.frost.com.

About IBM
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