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SHORELINE SCHOOL DISTRICT GETS ON THE NETWORK WITH HITACHI CP-X255 PROJECTORS

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, www.hitachi.us, February 12, 2007 — Reinforcing the networking functionality and ease of use of Hitachi America LCD projectors, the Shoreline School District in Washington has installed approximately 400 Hitachi CP-X255 LCD projectors throughout its schools on the K-12 level. Sold through Troxell Communications, the projectors were part of a larger multimedia package that includes document cameras and powered loudspeakers.

Located north of Seattle, the Shoreline School District serves the communities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park with 9,700 students throughout the District. Shoreline students consistently score above the state and national averages on standardized tests and nearly 85 percent of the students who graduate from Shoreline schools pursue post-secondary education. Of the district‘s 615 teachers, about 70 percent hold master‘s degrees and one-third have taught for 15 years or more.

As a District that prides itself on providing its students and teachers with cutting-edge technology, Shoreline chose to upgrade its presentation systems. “Shoreline has traditionally enjoyed a high level of technology access,” said Jim Golubich, director of instructional technology, Shoreline School District. “We provided laptops to each of our middle school and high school students last year and we needed some other tools available for the instructors.”

Shoreline School District chose the Hitachi CP-X255 LCD projectors for their advanced networking capabilities, among other features. The CP-X255 LCD projector features an RJ-45 ethernet port, allowing for network control, maintenance and scheduling. Additionally, the CP-X255 has a brightness of 2,000 ANSI lumens with a 400:1 contrast ratio. It is equipped with vertical keystone correction, reverse image function for ceiling mount, progressive scan, and Hitachi‘s My Screen feature.

“The ability to monitor various maintenance issues from a single location was a major priority when choosing a projector,” Mr. Golubich added. “We also wanted a projector that would connect easily to the students‘ laptops, so the connectivity options and networking of the CP-X255 provided us with those advantages.”

Since installing the projectors, teachers and technical staff alike have enjoyed the versatility of the CP-X255. “The teachers have really embraced the technology and they have given up traditional overhead projectors,” said Jason Maher, video/computer technician, Shoreline School District. “The PJMan software has allowed us to monitor lamp life and filter usage and we have schedules set up that automatically turn off the projectors at the end of the day.”

For more information on Troxell Communications, please visit www.trox.com

About Hitachi
Hitachi America, Ltd., Ubiquitous Platform Systems Division, produces and markets a wide variety of digital products for business and consumers. The division‘s Consumer Group markets high-definition plasma televisions and monitors, LCD projection and flat panel HDTVs, LCD projectors, and DVD camcorders and DVD players. The division‘s Business Group markets LCD projectors, professional plasma monitors, interactive panels and whiteboards and security and observation system products through value added resellers, system integrators, distributors and OEMs.

Hitachi has a unique position in the marketplace by manufacturing and developing its own core technologies to provide consumers and businesses with optimal product performance in each of Hitachi’s product categories. For consumer products, please visit www.hitachi.us/tv. For business products, please visit www.hitachi.us/digitalmedia. For more information about electronic whiteboards and Starboard software, please visit Hitachi Software at www.hitachi-soft.com. Hitachi brand business products are connected through Hitachi‘s OneVision program, which makes it possible for any Hitachi business unit dealer to sell Hitachi products from other Hitachi business units.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, and consumer electronics, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 356,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totaled 9,464 billion yen ($80.9 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com.
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