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North Communications Expands Public-Access Services In Partnership To Serve Federal Prison Industries


08:04 a.m. Jul 13, 1999 Eastern

MARINA DEL REY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 13, 1999--Federal Bureau of Prisons Industries (FPI) recently announced its plan to initiate production of interactive kiosks in a partnership that would supply work and training opportunities for Federal prisoners.

Federal Prison Industries has entered into a partnership agreement with Correctional Products and Services, Inc. (CPSI) to manufacture multimedia interactive kiosks. In conjunction with CPSI, North Communications, a leader in multimedia kiosk technology, will supply the kiosk components, computer hardware, and software used for the development of this new FPI product line. FPI will manufacture, assemble and integrate each kiosk.

"The Federal Government is embarking on a new era of providing better customer service to the people it serves. People today are seeking new and easier ways to access government at the same time government agencies are re-engineering service delivery," stated Joseph M. Aragon, chairman of the board, Federal Prison Industries. "FPI recognizes its growing responsibility to identify future or emerging government markets -- to provide technical support in the form of materials, products, equipment and/or information to that market while meeting our mandated commitment to train and employ a growing federal inmate population."

"This agreement provides a tool for all Federal Agencies to utilize the very latest technology and place government services at the fingertips of all citizens," stated Daniel Abens, vice president, North Communications. Abens noted that an industry impact study completed last summer by FPI references a number of detailed reports for the private and public sectors supporting FPI's position, including a report from Vice President Al Gore's Access America Initiative entitled "The Kiosk Network Solution: An Electronic Gateway to Government."

"Our partnership with North Communications brings new work experience for real world jobs," said Preston Davis, president of CPSI. He added, "CPSI is dedicated to Correctional Industries' goal of increasing the current rate of employment in the inmate population with innovative work experience."

Based in Marina del Rey, California, North Communications is a designer and operator of transactional kiosk networks for public and private sectors. The company is especially known for its award-winning work in ground breaking government projects in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida and New York and internationally in Canada, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

North features a cost-effective line of self-service products for the financial services industry, applying more than 12 years of experience developing creative public-access solutions for credit unions, banks, federal, state and local governments, and retail businesses. More information on North can be found on the Web at http://www.infonorth.com.


Copyright 1999, Business Wire



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