Open System Consultants, Performance Technologies Team for GSM Authentication

3/17/2005 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX); a leading developer of integrated systems, platforms, components and software; announced they have teamed with Open System Consultants (OSC) to provide Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) operators secure authentication, authorization and accounting for wired or wireless networks. The solution will combine OSCís Radiator authentication server with Performance Technologiesí SEGwayTM signaling gateways.

"By teaming with Performance Technologies, we can offer wireless carriers authentication options to better serve their customers and provide a new revenue stream in Wi-Fi hotspots," said Mike McCauley, chief technologist for Open System Consultants. "Performance Technologiesí field-proven software and experience in worldwide, carrier-grade solutions enables them to provide the solid SS7 connectivity our customers require."

OSCís Radiator server supports user authentication for wireless and wired LANs utilizing nearly 60 different types of authentication methods. Based on the RADIUS protocol, this solution allows users to authenticate access to a wireless LAN network using a mobile phone Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card. Using Radiator and its EAP-SIM support, operators and carriers can construct complete SIM wireless authentication and billing systems that interoperate with the existing worldwide GSM mobile phone authentication and billing systems, enabling a simple and seamless experience for roaming wireless LAN users.

Performance Technologiesí suite of SEGway signaling gateway solutions, designed to support the convergence of SS7 and IP networks, offers unparalleled performance and functionality for wireless and VoIP networks. Performance Technologiesí Signaling Gateway for Subscriber Authentication (SGSA) is based on the companyís popular signaling software and is a value-added addition to the companyís industry-leading SEGway product family. The SGSA enables public wireless Internet hotspots to easily authenticate users based on the GSM SIM card, over the SS7 network.

"In looking to establish an EAP/SIM partner, we sought a RADIUS system with a proven record of installations and wide range of client software connectivity that would best align with our signaling software," said Normand Glaude, managing director for Performance Technologiesí Signaling Systems Group. "We have built successful EAP/SIM systems with OSC on behalf of mutual customers in the past, and we are confident this collaboration will benefit both companies."

About Open System Consultants
Open System Consultants (OSC) is a leading provider of network access solutions with a global reputation for quality products and rapid customer response. OSC offers a suite of source code products that provide extensibility, flexibility and portability to suit vanilla and custom requirements. Founded in 1991, OSC is headquartered at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. For more information visit

About Performance Technologies
Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX) develops the systems, platforms, components and software solutions for the world's evolving communications infrastructure. Our broad customer base includes companies in the communications, military and commercial markets. Serving the industry for more than 20 years, our complete line of embedded and system-level products enables equipment manufacturers and service providers to offer highly available and fully-managed systems with time-to-market, performance and cost advantages.

Performance Technologies is headquartered in Rochester, New York. Additional operational and engineering facilities are located in San Diego and San Luis Obispo, California; Norwood, Massachusetts and Ottawa, Canada. For more information, visit or contact

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