ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Compaq Computer Corporation
(NYSE: CPQ) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) today
announced that Compaq is the primary technology sponsor for the 26th Annual
NABJ Convention being held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel from
As part of its sponsorship, Compaq will supply a wireless computing
network that NABJ student journalists and broadcasters will use to produce
daily convention coverage and stories for NABJ Convention Online, the NABJ
Monitor, NABJ TV and Next Generation Radio. The wireless network, being set
up by Compaq and its technology partner,
Integrated Information Systems (Nasdaq: IISX) (IIS), will include Compaq
servers, desktop and notebook PCs, printers, scanners and the ever-popular
iPAQ(TM) Pocket PC.
"Embracing technology is a centerpiece initiative for the NABJ," said
William W. Sutton Jr., president of the Board of Directors for NABJ, the
oldest and largest media-related organization for people of color in the
world. "Compaq's involvement expands our understanding of how to use
technology tools more effectively. This increases our organization's value to
our members and ensures we keep up with the latest technology applications
available for our industry."
For example, the iPAQ Pocket PC is the most powerful handheld computing
tool on the market and also the most popular, as evidenced by the 62 percent
growth in units shipped during second quarter 2001 as compared to the previous
quarter(1). This innovative device will allow the student journalists to save
precious time in the news gathering and production process because of the
device's ability to record sound, access and transmit data over the Internet,
manipulate word processing and spreadsheet data, and perform other personal
"To the degree reporters can use innovative technology like the iPAQ(TM)
Pocket PC to gather and disseminate high-quality, relevant information faster
and more efficiently holds great promise for journalists," said Peter
Blackmore, Compaq's executive vice president for Sales and Services.
"Compaq's sponsorship is helping put NABJ's membership at the leading edge of
wireless technology in a working newsroom setting."
The NABJ Convention represents one of the first applications of Compaq's
iPAQ Pocket PC in a newsroom setting. However, during the recent Silicon
Summit II technology symposium earlier this year about the wireless future, a
prominent news anchorman from a major national television network called the
device "the anchorman's dream!" Other industries citing innovative uses for
the device include health care, sports and entertainment, financial services,
enterprise solutions, emergency management, education, defense, sales and
marketing and special events.
As an additional part of the sponsorship, Compaq and IIS will also supply
PCs for a "Cyber Cafe" where conference attendees can check and send e-mail,
as well as a wireless computer learning lab for interested NABJ members and a
technology storefront to sell specially priced iPAQ(TM) Pocket PCs and other
"Disney World's reputation for innovation provides an ideal setting for us
to demonstrate cutting-edge technology solutions," said Jim Garvey, chairman,
CEO and president of IIS. "We are pleased to join Compaq at the NABJ
convention to demonstrate how wirelessly connected newsrooms can help today's
professional journalists work faster and more efficiently in a highly
competitive, deadline driven environment."
Compaq Computer Corporation
Founded in 1982, Compaq Computer Corporation ("Compaq") is a leading
global provider of enterprise technology and solutions. Compaq designs,
develops, manufactures and markets hardware, software, solutions and services,
including industry-leading enterprise storage and computing solutions, fault-
tolerant business-critical solutions, communication products, and desktop and
portable personal computers that are sold in more than 200 countries.
Information on Compaq and its products and services is available at
Integrated Information Systems(TM) is an innovative technology and
business consultancy providing extensive experience and insight to create a
sustainable competitive edge for clients. For companies who seek measurable
results from business and technology investments, IIS offers cost-conscious,
productive, profit-minded solutions across the entire service value chain with
single provider accountability.
Compaq and the Compaq logo are trademarks of Compaq Information
Technologies Group, L.P. Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks
and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. This press
release may contain forward-looking statements based on current expectations
that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially include:
worsening global economic conditions, increased competitive environment and
pricing pressures, disruptions related to restructuring actions and delays in
the expansion of Compaq's solutions business model. Further information on
these and other factors that could affect Compaq's financial results is
included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings,
including the latest Annual Report on form 10-K and the latest quarterly
report on Form 10-Q.
(1) According to a recent Dataquest report.
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