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SignaSys Lends an Engineering Hand to PBS

SignaSys Inc., a San Jose, Calif.-based systems integrator, has launched a program to donate engineering services for PBS member stations. The initiative is designed to support the current work being done to prepare for the PTFP/NTIA grant, a federal government grant program to convert public broadcasters, federal and state and other non-profit telecommunication facilities to digital.

SignaSys will assign its staff to discuss technical needs with PBS' chief engineer, prepare the list with equipment configurations for review by the chief engineer, provide list pricing for all components, and deliver the list to the chief engineer at no charge.

Roland Hoffmann, president and CEO of SignaSys, noted that the company has done "substantial amounts of business" with PBS Member Stations in the last few years and this is a way for it to give back to the community that has contributed to its success.

"What do we get out of providing a service that can cost as much as $2,500 for free?" Roberta Friedman, CFO of SignaSys, said, "The goodwill of PBS member stations, and hopefully more future business. In my experience, lending a helping hand without any obligation goes a long way. We all know: what goes around comes around."