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Lexitech’s Netkey Web Kiosk Software to Support Linux

January 3, 2000



Lexitech expands leading web kiosk platform to Linux and supports Open Source Movement.

SAN FRANCISCO/BRANFORD, CT – 3 January 2000- Lexitech Worldwide announced today that it will launch an effort to support Linux as part of its Netkey Enterprise, the leading web terminal platform for in-store web kiosks.

“We’ve been helping companies turn the monitor around with our patented  NetKey web terminal  software and use the Internet to enhance their business strategies for well over a decade,” said Alexander Richardson, president of Lexitech Worldwide. “The explosion of the Linux has brought Lexitech a great opportunity to help leading organizations deploy customer activated web terminal networks in under 30 days.”

   “What can bricks and mortar retailers do to respond to the growing threat   of purely online businesses?” continues Richardson. “Lexitech’s Netkey® Internet Software makes it easy for consumers to shop in their stores and increases the value of their existing  locations.

 

Lexitech Worldwide is presently helping many worldwide  dotcoms and eBusinesses deploy their web assets inside storefronts and in public locations Specifically, Fidelity Investments standardized its in-branch Web kiosks on NetKey and is placing over 300 NetKey-customer kiosks in their U.S. investment centers this year. Lexitech also assisted in the restructuring of Fidelity.com for ease of use by new Web customers. Ames Department Store Borders Books, UrbanFetech.com, the Denver Pepsi Center  and Walgreen’s Drug Store are also using Lexitech’s NetKey software to supplement their in-store operations through customer activated web terminals.    In addition, Lexitech is partnering with several hardware companies, such as NCR, Compaq Network Computing Devices Elotouch and Microtouch, as well as with software giants Microsoft and Oracle, to expand the worldwide reach of its patented NetKey web terminal solution.

Employers are also becoming Web-savvy and adopting a clicks-n-mortar strategy with NetKey, in order to reach thousands of employees without Web access via corporate intranets. The US Veteran’s Affairs falls within this category, as it is slated to install 2,000 NetKey-powered terminals this year in VA hospitals for improving employee communication. It joins the ranks of Microsoft, Bayer Pharmaceuticals , Critical Path and Boeing Credit Union, who are also utilizing Lexitech’s NetKey software for similar purposes.

About Lexitech

Lexitech, based in Branford, Connecticut, and San Francisco, is a worldwide leader in Internet solutions and self-service Web terminal systems applications. Lexitech’s vision is “to turn the monitor around” and provide clients with the tools necessary to create closer relationships with their customers, employees and partners. A report by Frost & Sullivan predicts the installed base of self-service terminals will accelerate in the next few years, from 65,000 units in 1997 to approaching 500,000 units in 2003 in the United States alone.

With over a decade of experience, Lexitech has won more than a dozen awards in the industry, including: Internet World’s Top 100 Internet Sites; five New Media Magazine awards and the prestigious Top 100 New Media Producer award from Multimedia Producer Magazine. Lexitech’s Web kiosk software platform, NetKey, is designed for large enterprise, secure customer access to in-store  Web applications.   NetKey is in use by over 500 companies worldwide, including Fidelity Investments, Microsoft Corporation, Kennedy Center, Army Navy Store, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Allied Signal, Cablevision, Warner Lambert, and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. More information on Lexitech can be found on the company’s Web site at http://www.lexitech.com.

Founded at Yale University, Lexitech is co-sponsor of the kiosk industry's Kioskcom show. For more information, please contact: Marvin Elbaum, marvin@lexitech.com or call 800/443-7924.

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Lexitech and NetKey are registered trademarks of Lexitech. All other brand or product names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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