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Thursday, October 07, 2010


Black Box iCOMPEL digital signage receives Communications Solutions Product of Year Award


‘Innovative’ digital signage platform recognized by TMC for the second consecutive year


PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, October 7, 2010 — Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and networking products announced today that Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) has awarded the Black Box® iCOMPEL™ digital signage player platform its 2009 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award.

The Norwalk, Connecticut-based TMC presents the award to businesses that have shown “vision, leadership, and thoroughness.” It was the second straight year that Black Box and its iCOMPEL have received the TMC award.

“Black Box has been recognized with a 2009 Product of the Year Award for their admirable efforts in the advancement of data and video communications,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “The 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.”

The iCOMPEL family of browser-based, networked players gives businesses and organizations of any size an affordable solution for improving internal and external communications through relevant, dynamic digital signage. With it, users can stream recorded or live video, Flash animation, and RSS news and stock ticker feeds, and other Web media.

“Black Box is honored to be recognized with this award,” said Brian Kutchma, Black Box Director of Marketing. “TMC has taken notice of what others in the industry already know: that the iCOMPEL is an ideal communications solution for simple, affordable deployment of attention-getting digital signage. Because it’s 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 said.

As an “out-of-the-box” solution, iCOMPEL comes preloaded with software for assembling and distributing HD-quality multimedia content to digital signs. It includes drag-and-drop tools for playing of stored and live media in multiple screen zones, and menus for scheduling content distribution by time and location. There are no software as a service (SaaS) fees.

“Digital signage can potentially be a very expensive initial and ongoing investment and, because of its complexity, it can be difficult to integrate into an existing network,” Kutchma explained. “But our strategy with iCOMPEL was to make it an affordable, easy-to-integrate solution that’s also scalable, so a business can start with one screen in one location and expand to many screens in many locations.”

For more information on the iCOMPEL product line, visit http://www.blackbox.com/go/iCOMPEL.

The Black Box iCOMPEL is one of the Company’s many solutions for digital signage. Among its more than 118,000 products, Black Box offers LCD and plasma displays, and AV extenders, splitters, switches, and converters, all of which can be found at http://www.blackbox.com/go/AV. To see more than 270 digital signage and multimedia solutions, view the Company’s new e-catalog at http://www.blackbox.com/go/DSecatalog. All products are backed by free, live, 24/7 Tech Support at 724-746-5500 or at http://www.blackbox.com.

About Black Box

Black Box is a leading technical services company dedicated to designing, building, and maintaining today’s complicated data and voice infrastructure systems. Black Box services more than 175,000 clients in 141 countries with 194 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 other third-party trademarks appearing in this press release are acknowledged to be the property of their respective owners.

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

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