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 News Release - February 3, 2006

Philips Introduces New SureSigns VM Series Flexible Care Monitors for a Wide Variety of Care Environments and in-Hospital Patient Transport

ANDOVER, Mass.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Feb. 3, 2006--Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today announced its new line of flexible care and in-hospital transport monitors, the SureSigns VM Series. Designed to provide versatile, essential monitoring for a wide variety of care environments, the new SureSigns VM Series monitors provide enhanced user functionality and measurement capabilities in a compact, ergonomic, and easy-to-use product.

"With our long-standing commitment to the patient monitoring market, customers look to Philips to meet the growing need for more diverse monitoring solutions, even in lower acuity care environments," said Bill Putnam, general manager of low acuity monitoring, patient monitoring, for Philips Medical Systems. "This addition to the SureSigns portfolio extends Philips flexible care product offerings. The SureSigns VM Series monitors provide clinicians with reliable, easy-to-use monitoring capabilities for a wide range of lower acuity clinical care settings. From spot-checking vital signs to continuous monitoring during sedation, SureSigns VM Series monitors are designed around the way clinicians care for patients, with industry-leading parameters, intuitive operation and the Philips commitment to quality and service."

SureSigns VM Series monitors are straightforward to learn and efficient to use. For example, clinicians can access trended data simply by pressing a key. All SureSigns monitors include industry-leading, standard-of-care, commonly required parameters such as ECG, pulse oximetry, and non-invasive blood pressure. Measurements vary by model and option, and may include temperature, invasive blood pressure, capnography and respiration.

Efficiently designed, the monitors are compact, with a small footprint and generous screen. Crisp, color displays are bright and easy to read. With easy on-screen navigation, information is presented in useful, logical, practical ways to support care decisions.

In-hospital patient transfer is practical with the SureSigns VM series monitors' comfortable handle, lightweight design, and an integrated bed rail hanger on the SureSigns VM6 and SureSigns VM8 models. SureSigns VM Series monitors are reliable and come standard with a four hour lithium ion battery, eliminating battery and charging problems common to low acuity monitors that use other battery technologies.

Advanced but simple functionality, industry standard measurement capability, and top-rated support services are Philips Medical hallmarks. Backed by Philips record of quality and support, Philips monitors come with a world-class warranty and 24-hour telephone support from Philips Customer Response Centers.

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of $37.7 billion (EUR 30.4 billion) in 2005. With activities in the three interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and 159,200 employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership positions in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color television sets, electric shavers, lighting and silicon system solutions. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.


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