BellSouth and Protection One Expand Relationship, Increase Focus to Offer Security Products and Services to Commercial Market
BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS) and Protection One, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: PONN) today announced an expansion of their relationship to begin marketing commercial security products and services to security directors and business owners throughout the BellSouth market.

For almost four years, the two nationally recognized leaders in their respective industries have been marketing a full line of residential security systems and services within BellSouth's nine-state territory to homeowners under the name BellSouth Security Systems from Protection One. As part of this expanded agreement, BellSouth will now offer its business customers the opportunity to purchase a comprehensive commercial security system designed, installed and serviced by BellSouth Security Systems from Protection One.

"BellSouth is continuing to build broadband business options through the addition of security products designed to serve our business customers," said David Scobey, president - BellSouth Small Business Services. "It's part of our commitment to exceed customer needs in today's security-minded marketplace."

Catering to the needs of growing businesses, the following security portfolio is available through BellSouth Security Systems from Protection One:

-- Closed circuit television systems -- which feature digital color video for better recognition.

-- Access control systems -- including photo badging, card readers and a convenient web-based access control system.

-- Remote video services -- which allow Protection One's monitoring center to view video images of a site or business owners and managers to monitor their properties remotely, over the web, while on the road or at home.

-- Intrusion detection systems -- which can monitor the exterior and interior of a facility and allow companies to track persons entering and leaving specified areas.

-- Cellular backup -- which ensures that an alarm signal gets through -- even if a phone line is cut or disabled.

-- Fire protection -- including the availability of regular inspections of the system required for compliance with state and local codes.

"Today, electronic security for businesses is much more than just burglar alarms. Recent technological advances in closed circuit video and remote access control utilize the benefits of higher broadband speed to transmit real-time security information," said Richard Ginsburg, president and chief executive officer of Protection One. "We are excited to introduce our broad range of advanced security solutions to businesses in the BellSouth region and to expand our relationship with BellSouth."

About BellSouth(R) Security Systems from Protection One

BellSouth(R) Security Systems from Protection One was formed in 2001 as an alliance between BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BellSouth Corporation (NYSE: BLS) and Protection One, Inc. Under the name BellSouth(R) Security Systems from Protection One, the two nationally recognized leaders in their respective industries offer a full line of security systems and services in eight states in the Southeastern United States. BellSouth Security Systems from Protection One provides intrusion, heat, smoke and carbon monoxide detection equipment and related services in 18 cities in the Southeastern United States. Security systems, installation and monitoring services are provided by Protection One.

About Protection One

Protection One, one of the leading commercial and residential monitored security services companies in the United States and a leading security provider to the multifamily housing market through Network Multifamily, serves more than one million customers in North America. For more information about Protection One, go to .

About BellSouth Corporation

BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 100 communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and a parent company of Cingular Wireless, the nation's largest wireless voice and data provider.

Backed by award winning customer service, BellSouth offers the most comprehensive and innovative package of voice and data services available in the market. Through BellSouth Answers(R), residential and small business customers can bundle their local and long distance service with dial up and high speed DSL Internet access, satellite television and Cingular(R) Wireless service. For businesses, BellSouth provides secure, reliable local and long distance voice and data networking solutions. BellSouth also offers online and directory advertising through BellSouth(R) and The Real Yellow Pages(R).

More information about BellSouth can be found at .

SOURCE Protection One, Inc.; BellSouth Corp. Web Site:

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