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University of Ottawa Faculty of Engineering Improves Information Management with Protus Virtual Fax
Secure, reliable fax service helps Faculty of Engineering with internal document management and confidential information processing.

Ottawa, July 7, 2004 - Protus IP Solutions, a high-growth application service provider that offers Internet-based messaging solutions to businesses around the world today announced that the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Engineering implemented Protus Virtual Fax department-wide to improve the security of electronic document management and information processing.

Protus implemented the necessary integrated email and fax solution to track and electronically store documents, while providing the flexibility and reliability of a fax service accessed directly from users' individual email addresses.

Traditional fax machines pose privacy and security threats as paper faxes sit idly on shared fax machines. With email and Web-based Virtual Fax, incoming faxes are sent directly to the intended recipient, remaining totally confidential. No hardware or software is required.

The Virtual Fax service also helps organizations comply with national privacy regulations such as HIPAA and Gramm Leach Bliley in the United States and PIPEDA in Canada.

"As a graduate of the University of Ottawa, I am excited to be working closely with the Faculty of Engineering," says Joseph Nour, CEO, Protus IP Solutions. "The deployment of Virtual Fax demonstrates the continued acceptance of our service where applications such as the privacy of information receipt and storage are essential. Protus has implemented both the physical and technical safeguards necessary to protect the confidentiality and integrity of information communicated through the Virtual Fax service."

The Faculty has made tremendous gains in document management since its deployment of Virtual Fax. Users can now send and receive faxes securely from any location, even without a fax machine. Features such as toll-free numbers, on-line activity reports, 24/7 customer care enable users to process and access information more quickly and efficiently.

"Protecting the confidentiality of our data and communications is critical," says Eric Dubois, Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering. "We routinely process a large number of documents that require sender anonymity, particularly from contributing donors, or for recommendation letters, offers of employment and student applications with personal information. By transitioning our existing email into a private fax service, Protus Virtual Fax ensures security while enabling us to store and track documents electronically."

About University of Ottawa

Located in the heart of the nation's capital, the University of Ottawa, Canada's university thrives on its growing diversity and national outlook. It offers a broad range of outstanding programs to 30,000 students in both of our country's official languages. The University of Ottawa is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities, particularly in the fields of health, information technology and the molecular sciences. Our laboratories, centres, institutes, researchers and educators are internationally recognized and consistently reflect the high standards that the world has come to expect of Canada and its institutions.

About Protus IP Solutions

Protus IP Solutions - a high-growth application service provider - offers value-added voice mail, email and fax to email services to businesses around the world. Our customers are involved in every industry sector, including finance, insurance, real estate, pharmaceuticals and retail. Whether they use our services across the company or for key operational requirements, our customers rely on Protus to simplify their voice, email and fax communications. We help them reach customers more effectively, process documents more efficiently and access information with greater speed. Protus solutions are sold both directly and through a network of worldwide partners, including major service providers. On-line internet fax services are sold under the brand names of Virtual Fax for business users and MyFax for internet fax services targeted to SOHO users. Additional information is available at www.protus.com or www.myfax.com.

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