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Digital Samba Provides Virtual Learning Technology to Harrisburg University

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Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg’s growing roster of advanced technology companies has been further bolstered today with the launch of Digital Samba USA, announced Mayor Stephen R. Reed and officials from Brinjac Engineering and Access Fiber Solutions Inc. Digital Samba USA is a state-of-the-art information technology company whose signature product is the OnSync webconferencing solution.

Joining the Mayor for today’s announcement were John and David Brinjac, principals of Brinjac Engineering; Robert Strobl, Director of Operations for Digital Samba S.L. from Barcelona, Spain; David Hittinger, President of Digital Samba USA; Mike Starner, President of Access Fiber Solutions (AFS), and David Segal, Director of North American Sales for Digital Samba USA. The new company was formed through the merger of AFS, a division of Brinjac Engineering, and the former SpiderWeb Communications. AFS now holds the official rights for Digital Samba in the U.S. and much of the rest of North America. AFS and the new Digital Samba USA provide distribution services for all channels/markets offering web-based video conferencing solutions. Also joining the group were Kelly Lewis, President of the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania, David Black, President of Harrisburg Regional Chamber, and Dr. Gerald Kohn, Superintendent of the Harrisburg School District.


In conjunction with the official launch of Digital Samba USA, company CEO Michael G. Starner announced that the company is awarding a technology grant to the Harrisburg School District and the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in the form of a one-year license to OnSync, an online communication, collaboration and distance learning solution. Students and faculty at the two institutions will have access to a ten-seat virtual classroom, enabling them to participate in collaborative projects and distance learning opportunities around the globe. Digital Samba will also provide free training and support to enable the schools to use the technology effectively. The grant package is valued at more than $11,000.

Starner, who sits on the boards of Big Brothers and Big Sisters and several other local government advisory boards, said: "We have always believed in supporting and giving back to our communities. As a Harrisburg-based company, we are proud to support the educational programs at the Harrisburg School District and Harrisburg University. Indeed, we are delighted with the workforce development potential this opportunity affords us, as we will certainly be looking for qualified, well-trained workers in the coming years. This is a win-win circumstance for both Digital Samba and the respective educational institutions."

Mayor Stephen R. Reed said Harrisburg is delighted to welcome the new firm to its growing roster of advanced technology companies. "Digital Samba’s On-Sync is the most advanced online webconferencing program in the world, with features and services that set a new standard for the technology," said Reed. "This is a company that we are going to hear much more about in the coming months and Harrisburg, as its U.S. base, will benefit from their good efforts."

John Brinjac, President and CEO of Brinjac Engineering, said he first learned of the company in late 2006, and was immediately impressed with the technology, the team, and the opportunity for it in the American market. "We believe Digital Samba’s revolutionary new OnSync webconferencing solution will transform the teleconferencing industry as it stands today," said Brinjac. "It is faster, offers more features and is far more affordable than any other similar program in existence today, and the fact that it is web-based means it is far more globally accessible than anything else out there."

"Digital Samba and OnSync could fundamentally change the teleconferencing and meeting industries by providing a more affordable and convenient alternative to standard teleconferencing," added Brinjac Engineering principal David Brinjac.

"Rising travel costs and other difficulties with U.S. air travel provide a firm foundation for the growth of this business tool," said Digital Samba USA CEO Mike Starner. "OnSync’s simplicity of use is unlike anything else on the market today, and we expect it to dramatically alter the landscape of webconferencing both here in the U.S. and around the globe."

About Digital Samba
Digital Samba is a leading developer of enterprise web conferencing and communications server solutions, including the award-winning OnSync Enterprise Server. OnSync is distributed and supported by a global network of Solutions Provider Partners, and allows users to meet, present, train and demonstrate to small or large groups with unrivaled voice-over-IP and live video quality. Share files, slide presentations, websites, powerpoints and more. OnSync is an entirely browser-based and cross-platform solution. For more information, or a live demonstration of OnSync online meetings, visit www.digitalsamba.com or call 1-800-961-4620.

About Brinjac Engineering
Founded in 1955, Brinjac Engineering has a time-honored reputation for providing outstanding engineering services to some of the region’s finest public and private schools and universities, hospitals, industrial complexes, museums and cultural facilities. Many significant projects for local and state governmental institutions have been entrusted to our highly-skilled workforce as well. We are an award winning firm and our diverse portfolio demonstrates a broad range of experience and depth which is provided by a talented team of well over 100 professional, technical and support personnel.
The firm specializes in all aspects of Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Building Codes Consultation, Lighting Design, Telecommunications Security, Technology Distribution, Commissioning, Structural, Civil/Site and Environmental Engineering.

About Access Fiber Solutions
Access Fiber Solutions Inc. (AFS) is a telecommunications service provider and a Pennsylvania-based Competitive Access Provider (CAP) authorized by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. In addition, AFS is an approved telecommunications service provider across the state in using the Universal Service Fund discount program to schools and libraries for telecommunications services and discounts. AFS specializes in providing Wide Area Network (WAN) voice, video and data convergence for high-speed broadband applications as well as consulting, design, engineering, construction and maintenance services. AFS also offers VOIP, Video on Demand and Web Based Video Conferencing solutions. AFS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brinjac Engineering Inc.