(MICROTOUCH-2)(MTSI) Factura To Supply IBM With New Flexpoint Kiosks (Business Wire; 11/12/97)

Factura Kiosks, a division of MicroTouch Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MTSI), today announced it has completed an agreement to supply IBM with new FlexPoint Kiosks. FlexPoint is an entirely new standard kiosk design that offers flexibility to configure units of varying heights. FlexPoint will be available exclusively through IBM's U.S. sales force. FlexPoint, the first kiosk ever offered by IBM that is manufactured by an external supplier, is a complete turnkey kiosk solution fully assembled and integrated, ready for immediate deployment.

The standard FlexPoint includes:

-- Factura Kiosk enclosure
-- Fully integrated IBM and non-IBM computer hardware
-- Loaded and tested operating system, drivers, and application software
-- Installed MicroTouch/IBM touchscreen monitor

IBM will configure FlexPoint to suit individual customer requirements and provides all support, warranty and field service for the entire system, including the kiosk enclosure. IBM will also provide its full range of application development services on an individual or turnkey basis.

"Factura has enjoyed a close working relationship with IBM for more than 10 years on a variety of custom-manufacturing projects," said Greg Swistak, president of Factura. Now, by offering a standard, in-stock kiosk for immediate drop-ship delivery from Factura, IBM is extending this strong partnership. We're delighted to offer FlexPoint on an exclusive basis to IBM customers through the IBM nationwide sales force."

FlexPoint: A Range of Flexible Options

The FlexPoint will enable IBM customers to select components and features they require to meet their particular application needs. By specifying a range of options, customers can configure the kiosk to support a broad set of applications.

FlexPoint options include:

-- A variety of IBM personal computers

-- 15- and 17- inch MicroTouch/IBM touchscreen monitors

-- OS/2(R) or Windows(R) 95 operating systems

-- A range of peripheral devices such as telephone handsets, printers, multimedia speakers, networking options, and more

Factura Kiosk enclosure features include:

-- Touchscreen options to support different kiosk environments

-- High or Low Profile enclosure

-- Custom Signage Options

-- Custom Graphic Options

-- A variety of exterior color selections

-- UL and FCC approved


The standard FlexPoint Kiosk is available immediately as a standard IBM catalog product. All Factura FlexPoint Kiosks are manufactured and drop-shipped by Factura and carry the Factura label.