Arc Second/PocketCAD, Hilti and Casio, Inc. Announce Co-Marketing Agreement

Hilti's laser measurement tools are combined with Arc Second's PocketCAD® software and Casio Pocket PCs to create a powerful as-builting solution for the AEC industry

DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 5, 2002-- Arc Second, Inc., the leading provider of mobile CAD solutions, today announced that it has teamed with Hilti AG, a world leader in providing top-quality products for professional customers in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries.

Under the new teaming agreement, Hilti will promote Arc Second's PocketCAD PRO 4.0 as a powerful new extension of its PD25 high-end line of laser range meters. PocketCAD, running on Microsoft's Pocket PC platform and integrated with the Hilti PD25 Laser Range Meter, provides users with a powerful new as-built and inspection capability.

Hilti will encourage users who currently modify paper drawings in the field to "go digital" using their Laser Range Meters with the PocketCAD option.

Armin Spiegel, Senior Vice President and head of Hilti's Positioning Systems Group, noted, "The ability to bring Laser Range Meter measurements directly into your CAD drawing in the field using PocketCAD is revolutionary." Mr. Spiegel went on to say that, "Having accurate CAD drawings that reflect the as-built conditions of the construction site is a critical step toward improving design and construction productivity for our customers."

Arc Second and Hilti will work closely with Casio, Inc. to bundle PocketCAD and the PD 25 Laser Range Meter with either the Casio EG 800 Ruggedized PocketPC or the Casio E200 PocketPC. Customers interested in buying the as-builting bundle, which will be available in late February, will be able to do so through the PocketCAD website, www.pocketcad.com. Prior to that time, they can request e-mail notification by contacting Email Contact.

"We are very pleased to work together with Hilti and Casio in the AEC arena," noted Edward Barrientos, President and CEO of Arc Second. "Hilti's reputation for quality and innovation in this market will be a powerful driver for bringing mobile CAD solutions to the construction site. Casio's ruggedized PocketPCs and new line of E200 Products are perfect fit for the tough environments that the as-builting bundle will encounter."

Todd Weissman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the Mobile Information Products Division of Casio, added, "Our scientific and engineering calculators have been used by architects, engineers and construction professionals for decades. Providing hand-held CAD capability on our Cassiopeia PocketPCs provides our customers with a natural upgrade path to our mobile computing products." Weissman added, "By teaming with market leaders such as Hilti and Arc Second, Casio is aggressively building the number one position in mobile information products in the AEC industry."

About The As-Builting Package

The as-builting package is designed for AEC professionals who frequently visit work sites to record the "as-built" conditions. The package will allow users to instantly modify their CAD drawings in the field with accurate measurement data from the PD25 Laser Range Meter. The updated CAD drawing can then be uploaded to the desktop in one simple step.

The as-builting package contains:

  • The Casio EG800 or E200 PocketPC
  • PocketCAD Pro 4.0 Software
  • PocketCAD PD25 Interface Software Package
  • Serial cable for connecting the PocketPC to the Hilti PD25

       The Hilti PD25 Laser Range Meter will be sold separately by
       Hilti.

Pricing for the As-Builting Package will be as follows:

       Package 1 (Casio EG800 Ruggedized PocketPC): $1300 + shipping
       and handling and applicable taxes. (Does not include Hilti
       PD25 Laser Range Meter.)

Package 2 (Casio E200 PocketPC): $1100 + shipping and handling

and applicable taxes. (Does not include Hilti PD25 Laser Range

Meter.)

About PocketCAD

PocketCAD is the award winning Mobile CAD Standard(TM). PocketCAD's comprehensive feature set makes data creation, collection, viewing, drawing, redlining and modification simple, easy and effective.

PocketCAD 4.0 reads and writes DWG, DXF and DGN files and is compatible with nearly all desktop CAD software packages, including AutoCAD Release 12 through 2002 and Microstation Release 8. PocketCAD works with any Windows® powered mobile device.

About The Hilti Group

The Hilti Group is a world leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing added-value, top-quality products for professional customers in the construction industry and in building maintenance.

Hilti's product offering covers drilling and demolition tools, diamond coring, cutting and sawing systems, direct fastening systems and special anchors, construction chemicals, installation and laser positioning systems as well as cutting and sanding tools.

Founded in 1941, Hilti companies operate in more than 120 countries worldwide and employ more than 14,000 employees. Their corporate headquarters are located at Schaan in the Principality of Liechtenstein. In 2000, the Group's sales exceeded 3 Billion Swiss francs. For more information about the Hilti Group or the Hilti products, go to www.us.hilti.com.

About Casio, Inc.

Casio, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. Casio, Inc., markets calculators, business organizers, handheld personal computers, keyboards, digital cameras, portable color TVs, timepieces (Wrist Technology), cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio, the unexpected extra - for more information go to www.casio.com.

About Arc Second, Inc.

Arc Second develops, manufactures, and markets 3D-Intelligence® (3Di) measurement and tracking products and mobile CAD software solutions. Arc Second markets its products to the construction, architecture, manufacturing, product design, forensics, aerospace, virtual reality and movie special effects sectors.

Founded in 1990, Arc Second is a privately held company located in Dulles, Virginia in the heart of the Northern Virginia technology corridor. For more information about Arc Second, go to www.arcsecond.com. For more information about PocketCAD, go to www.pocketcad.com.

PocketCAD, Arc Second, and 3D-Intelligence are registered trademarks of Arc Second, Inc. The Mobile CAD Standard is a trademark of Arc Second, Inc. Hilti is a registered trademark of Hilti Aktiengesellschaft, Schaan, Principality of Liechtenstein.

Casio is a registered trademark of Casio Computer Co., Ltd. CASSIOPEIA is a trademark of Casio Computer Co., Ltd. All company and product names mentioned in this announcement are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective copyright holders


Contact:
     Arc Second, Inc.
     Ms. Marg Donnelly, 703/435-5400, ext. 231
     
Email Contact



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