Land Recording System is used for seismic data acquisition.

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Incorporating ground electronics, central recorder, and operating system software, Scorpion® system supports multicomponent acquisition with digital, 3C VectorSeis® receivers and analog geophones. It handles high channel count surveys (full-wave/conventional) and accommodates complex spread and sweep management regimes. System acquires densely sampled, broadband P-wave and full-wave data with full offset and azimuth coverage.



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I/O Announces Release and First Sale of Scorpion; Reliable, Cable-Based System for Efficient, Densely Sampled Seismic Data Recording



NEW ORLEANS and HOUSTON, Oct. 2 / - Input/Output, Inc. (NYSE:IO) today announced the release and first commercial sale of its Scorpion® system for cable-based, land seismic data acquisition. Scorpion builds upon I/O's field-proven System Four® platform that has been in the market since 2002, while incorporating several new features that are designed to improve the system's recording capacity, reliability, productivity, and ease of use. In keeping with I/O's focus on full-wave imaging, Scorpion supports multicomponent acquisition with digital, 3C VectorSeis® receivers as well as recording with conventional, analog geophones.

Paragon Geophysical Services, Inc. of Wichita, Kansas has committed to purchase the first commercial Scorpion system. According to John Beury III, owner and President of Paragon, "We have had a lot of good experience with I/O land systems. With System Four, we've been able to capture some significant advantages in the areas in which we operate. Nonetheless, we were delighted when I/O asked us to provide input into the design of the system which was to become Scorpion. The changes have made the system even more efficient and reliable and allow Paragon to continue acquiring economical, high-quality data for our customers."

Scorpion includes major enhancements to the telemetry architecture, ground electronics, central recorder, and operating system software. Collectively, these improvements deliver:

o Enhanced flexibility - to handle high channel count surveys, whether
full-wave or conventional, and accommodate complex spread and sweep
management regimes.
o Improved productivity - through reduced weight, size, and power
consumption, faster system wake-up times, and an intuitive user
interface that allows for rapid diagnostics and troubleshooting of the
system.
o Standard-setting data quality - with the capability to acquire
densely sampled, broadband P-wave and full-wave data with full offset
and azimuth coverage and fewer noise bursts and lost or interpolated
data resulting from telemetry interruptions compared to competing systems.

According to Ralph Muse, Vice President of I/O's Land Imaging Systems Division, "Scorpion represents a step-change improvement in our cable-based offering. The enhancements we have made target the key operational objectives of our contractor customers. We have incorporated their feedback throughout the design and field testing process. The result is an acquisition platform that can take its place beside other innovative land systems that I/O has introduced to the seismic sector throughout our history. Our customers have told us how excited they are to see I/O regain its reputation as the innovation leader in land recording systems."

Muse continued, reflecting on some other enhancements that have been made with the release of Scorpion, "I/O has taken a number of actions to improve our customers' overall ownership experience. We have redesigned our training programs for both our customers and our internal field support personnel so they will be fully up-to-speed in how to most effectively operate, troubleshoot and maintain the Scorpion system. We're also assigning a Customer Advocate to every system that is sold to improve our responsiveness to questions from the field. And we're expanding our global network of spare parts and service and repair facilities to enhance the up-time of our customers' operations."

Scorpion is available for immediate purchase by customers. It joins FireFly® in I/O's land recording systems' portfolio, providing seismic acquisition contractors with a choice of either cable-based or cableless platforms depending on their operational objectives and preferences.

More information about Scorpion can be obtained at: i-o.com/scorpion .

About I/O

I/O is a leading, technology-focused seismic solutions provider. The company provides cutting-edge seismic acquisition equipment, software, planning and seismic processing services and data libraries to the global oil and gas industry. I/O's technologies are applied in both land and marine environments, in traditional 2D and 3D surveys, and in rapidly growing areas like time-lapse (4D) reservoir monitoring and full-wave imaging. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, I/O has regional offices in Canada, Latin America, Europe, China, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Additional information is available at www.i-o.com/ .

Contacts:
Technical: Michael Saur, Director -
Marketing, Land Imaging Systems Division
+1 (281) 879-3564 michael.saur@i-o.com

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