Hitachi Announces Strategic Partnership with Optic Vision

Hitachi Europe Ltd., Maidenhead UK – July 11th, 2008, today announced that it is joining forces with specialist security solutions provider Optic Vision Ltd, for the promotion and deployment of Optic Vision's software enabled security solutions to the EMEA market place.

Based in South Oxfordshire, Optic Vision has developed an information security software suite, VigilancePro™, which provides insider threat management and data loss protection for enterprises. VigilancePro delivers enhanced protection by integrating with physical and technical security countermeasures to provide a holistic approach to safeguarding data. With a renowned ability for providing solutions, applications and services that are tailored for enterprise level customers, together with their innovative Finger Vein and RFID technologies, Hitachi is a natural partner for Optic Vision. In combination their respective technologies provide organisations with the ability to identify, monitor, record and report on precisely how users access, process, store and transmit sensitive information. In addition, the ability to implement multi-factor transaction level authentication assures complete integrity for financial and other potentially vulnerable transactions.

Andy Durham, Managing Director of Optic Vision: “We are very excited by the potential of this strategic cooperation with Hitachi Europe. Their advanced work and expertise in the field of Finger Vein biometric products and RFID solutions are particularly relevant and, in combination, will further extend the opportunities for VigilancePro™”.

Mr. Ravi Ahluwalia Head of Business Development, System Solutions Division, of Hitachi Europe Ltd commented “We are delighted to announce our strategic cooperation with Optic Vision and are looking forward to working with such a professional team, who along with our company can enable the successful deployment of security solutions in the EMEA region.”