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EAO and Digital Switching Systems Form Strategic Alliance

Cooperation to Expand Development of Rugged and Smart Digital Keypads for the Heavy Duty/Specialty Vehicle, Machinery and Public Transportation Markets

MILFORD, CT -- (Marketwire) -- 11/06/12 -- EAO Corporation of Milford, CT USA, a premier global supplier of Human Machine Interface (HMI) Systems and Components, is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with Digital Switching Systems (DSS), LLC, of Raleigh, North Carolina. The two companies will cooperate to expand the development and promotion of ruggedized intelligent keypads and digital switching technology in the Heavy Duty/Specialty Vehicle, Machinery and Public Transportation markets throughout North America.

Lance A. Scott, President of EAO Corporation, stated, "We are excited to collaborate with DSS to further innovate HMI switching technology in these rapidly evolving markets, and to build upon the excellent technological reputation of both companies."

This alliance combines EAO's expertise in HMI System and Component design and distribution with the advanced DSS technology and manufacturing capabilities. The companies will promote standard, semi-standard and custom keypad HMI solutions built upon Digital Switching Systems' omni-BUS™ technology for a variety of communication protocols including RS485, CAN-OPEN, and J1939/J1939-11. Standard products offer easily reconfigurable keys, re-legendable buttons and straight forward configuration modules that make these IP67 sealed units ideal for rugged applications in agricultural, off-highway, specialty vehicle, bus, rail, lifting and moving, and related applications.

Eric Vaughn, CEO of Digital Switching Systems' parent company, DNA Group, commented, "Digital Switching Systems has built its reputation upon delivering smart, rugged and flexible digital keypads to any industry that can benefit from our technology. With omni-BUS™ serving as the backbone of our future innovations with EAO, we are confident that this strategic alliance will accelerate market penetration and enhance support of key customers throughout North America for digital switching."

For more information about the companies' HMI System and Component expertise, visit www.eao.com or www.digitalswitchingsystems.com.

About EAO

EAO Corporation is a technology leader in Human Machine Interface (HMI) Systems and Components, and a member of the EAO Group. Founded more than 60 years ago in Olten, Switzerland, EAO is a global manufacturer of a full line of HMI Components, including switches and keypads, as well as complete HMI Systems. For more information, visit our web site at www.eao.com or contact EAO at 98 Washington Street, Milford, CT 06460; Telephone: 203-877-4577; Fax: 203-877-3694. Please send E-mail inquiries to sales.eus@eao.com.

About Digital Switching Systems

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Digital Switching Systems is a leading provider of rugged, open-source keypad solutions for the industrial, outdoor equipment, marine, military and transportation industries. A subsidiary of DNA Group, Digital Switching Systems continues to bring to the forefront state-of-the-art devices and software applications for remote, networked control of low voltage DC power applications through the DSS family of components powered by omni-BUS™. For more information about Digital Switching systems, please visit www.digitalswitchingsystems.com

DNA Group, Inc. is a manufacturer of custom controls for the portable appliance, white goods and consumer products market. To learn more, please visit www.dnagroup.com

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