JC PENNEY Chooses Helius

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Helius Inc., leading developer of distributed IP video solutions for business, announced today retail giant JCPenney has selected its satellite- and terrestrial-based network solution to deliver corporate training to more than 150,000 employees throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

As JCPenney continues to grow with more than 1,000 locations, the company needed a more cost-effective and time-efficient model for distributing training to its employees. Helius' customizable MediaGate Router 4550 and the Helius MediaClassroom solution package provide JCPenney with the ability to centrally control its training programs and distribute the same message to all 1,019 locations simultaneously via satellite.

JCPenney has utilized interactive distance learning technology since 1996 to ensure that our store associates who are geographically dispersed have the training they need when they need it. By implementing Helius' MediaClassroom solution, we will be able to repurpose our synchronous training and make the same class available to associates when it is most convenient for them while maintaining the same interactive format. Store supervisors will no longer have to tape the 'live' class to share with associates who may be working different shifts. And, we will centrally control what gets recorded, and maintained at the store level, said Deborah Masten, Vice President of Associate Development for JCPenney.

The Helius MediaClassroom OneTouch Live and OnDemand software provides a fully interactive live and on-demand training system. This system replaces JCPenney's DVD- and CD- based training delivery model with an on-demand classroom that allows employees to receive the appropriate messages at their leisure. Helius' system also allows JCPenney to track associate training progress through an embedded learning information system that automatically captures trainee progress, test scores and program completion.

Helius is pleased to have this opportunity to work with JCPenney as a partner in one of its most important initiativesassociate training, said Ron Heinz, President and CEO of Helius. When you have a company as large and dynamic as JCPenney, it's critical to find a corporate training solution that maximizes ROI while minimizing effort and inconvenience. Helius' new generation of digital IP video technologies is designed to facilitate simple integration and management, helping corporate training functions focus more on their employees and less on the logistics.

For more information visit www.helius.com.

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