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Black Box iCOMPEL Receives TMC 2010 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award

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Digital signage platform recognized for “exceptional advancements in data and video communications”

Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), a leading communications system integrator dedicated to designing, sourcing, implementing, and maintaining today’s complex communications solutions, announced today that its iCOMPEL™ platform for digital signage has won TMC’s 2010 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award.

It was the third straight year that Black Box has received the award for iCOMPEL, a comprehensive line of browser-based, networked appliances and players for delivering dynamic content to digital signage in SMB organizations.

“Black Box was chosen to receive a 2010 Product of the Year Award for creating exceptional advancements in data and video communications,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “iCOMPEL has shown benefits for its customers and provides ROI for the companies that use it. Congratulations to the entire team at Black Box. I look forward to more innovative solutions from them in the coming year.”

“Black Box is honored to be recognized with this award,” said Brian Kutchma, Black Box VP of Sales and Marketing. “We’re pleased that TMC, like others, has recognized the iCOMPEL digital signage platform to be among the best solutions the industry. A growing number of companies and institutions, as well as integrators and resellers, have found it to be an ideal communications solution for simple, affordable deployment of attention-getting digital signage.”

“Because iCOMPEL is an integrated hardware/software solution with free updates and no ongoing fees, customers can get their signage up and running fast and expect a much lower cost of ownership than similar products on the market,” Kutchma explained.

In addition to the award-winning platform, Black Box provides a full range of support services, including free, 24/7 live support, free product training, and free, objective advice on how to best integrate signage into your existing IT network. “When you purchase iCOMPEL, you get industry-best signage technology plus the expertise of a 35-year-old company—one with a track record of implementing complete communications solutions,” said Kutchma.

The iCOMPEL digital signage content management system also features support for interactive touchscreens as well as 802.11n wireless connections to iCOMPEL players fitted with optional Wi-Fi modules and antennas. Adding Wi-Fi connectivity enables users to put signage in rooms where wired connections aren’t possible or to establish redundant network links to screens to ensure maximum system uptime.

The Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award recognizes the vision, leadership, and thoroughness that are characteristics of the prestigious award. The most innovative products and services brought to the market from March 2010 through March 2011 were chosen as winners of the Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award.

The 2010 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award winners are published on the INTERNET TELEPHONY and Customer Interaction Solutions Web sites.

About Black Box

Black Box is a leading communications system integrator dedicated to designing, sourcing, implementing, and maintaining today’s complex communications solutions. Black Box services more than 175,000 clients in 141 countries with 198 offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.

Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks, and iCOMPEL™ is a trademark, of BB Technologies, Inc. Any third-party trademarks appearing in this press release are acknowledged to be the property of their respective owners.

About TMC

Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) is a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person, and on-line. TMC publishes Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Unified Communications, NGN, and InfoTECH Spotlight magazines. TMCnet.com, which is read by two million unique visitors each month, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries.

TMC is the producer of ITEXPO, the world’s largest and best-attended IP Communications event. ITEXPO West 2010 was ranked #3 on Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Award List. TMC expects to accelerate ITEXPO West’s growth by bringing the show to Austin, one of the fast-growing technology hubs in the country. In addition, TMC runs multiple industry events: 4G Wireless Evolution; Smart Grid Summit; M2M Evolution; Cloud Communications Expo; SIP Tutorial; VIPeering; Business Video Expo; Regulatory 2.0 Workshop, DevCon5: The HTML5 Development Conference; CVx; Digium|Asterisk World; StartupCamp; MSPAlliance, MSPWorld, and more! Visit TMC Events for a complete listing and further information.

For more information about TMC, visit www.tmcnet.com.

Contact: Black Box Corporation
Gary Doyle
Director – Investor Relations
Phone: 724-873-6788
E-mail: investors [at] blackbox.com

Source: Black Box

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