NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 22, 1997--

Leading Event For Interactive Retailing Market Follows Successful KioskCom '97 Last Month

TIG 2000, an independent conference company focused on new developments in technology and global infrastructure, today announced it will host KioskCom '98 at the Marriott Financial Center in New York, April 14-16, 1998.

The conference, which will be co-sponsored by MicroTouch Systems, Inc. and its subsidiary, Factura Kiosks, targets the needs of retailers that want to deliver the latest in interactive retailing through standalone touchscreen- driven kiosks. The April 1998 conference follows the highly successful KioskCom '97 that was held last month in New York.

"KioskCom is the only conference that exclusively focuses on the kiosk market," said Dan Green, president of TIG 2000. "With increasingly faster processors, multi-gigabyte DVD drives, and faster network bandwidth, kiosks today can enjoy power and performance that was unthinkable a few years ago. That's driving wider adoption. Frost & Sullivan expects the market to grow from 150,000 kiosks in use today to more than 1 million in the U.S. alone by 2001 and become a $3 billion market by 2003. KioskCom is the conference that helps technology adopters exploit this evolving and growing platform."

KioskCom '98 will feature plenary sessions from industry leaders; breakout tracks for retail, financial services, travel/transportation, technology, public sector, and healthcare; and an exhibit floor that will enable attendees to sample some of the latest innovations in kiosk design. In addition, the conference will feature five detailed, day-long technical workshops on kiosk technology and implementation.

KioskCom '97: The Forum For Interactive Kiosks

At last month's KioskCom '97, more than 150 attendees participated in the first conference devoted exclusively to kiosks. Among the key highlights, representatives from Florsheim, Mercedes-Benz, and First Chicago presented in- depth case studies on their kiosk implementations for both display and transaction-oriented kiosks.

"The conference was a great opportunity for retailers and vendors to learn and network with one another," said Stephen Pearson, research analyst from Frost & Sullivan, which provides detailed research on the kiosk market. "Kiosks are increasingly becoming a global phenomenon and this conference was a tremendous opportunity to learn new technologies, how to get started with implementation, and how to maximize retailing strategies."

The conference, hosted by Factura Kiosk President Greg Swistak, also featured presentations on kiosk design, optimal retail locations, how the Web affects kiosks, and other tips and techniques. "With so many factors changing the face of interactive kiosks," said Swistak, "this conference becomes a must for anyone in our industry. We've received many excellent suggestions for next year's conference and we're looking forward to creating a bigger and better event for our attendees."

According to attendees, such as Kirt Mancuso of The Florsheim Group, Inc., the conference is a perfect forum for exchanging information and ideas on kiosks. "When Florsheim developed its kiosk program, we had no one to use as a model, no vendor experience to utilize, and few people to consult with," Mancuso said. "KioskCom is great for those of us that have been through the process and enjoy sharing our experiences. It's also ideal for those who are new to kiosks and want to meet experienced kiosk professionals from all corners of the industry."

Attendees and Participants Can Sign Up Now

Individuals interested in presenting at the conference should Contact Josh Kaplan at TIG2000 (212/885-2772). Companies interested in exhibiting at KioskCom '98 should contact Jill Frey at TIG2000 (212/885-2730). The conference will be held at the Marriott Financial Center, 85 West Street, New York, NY 10006. For registration information, visit the TIG2000 website at .

About TIG2000

TIG2000 is a subsidiary of the International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC), a leading provider of educational forums for both the private

and public sectors. Among the shows TIG2000 produces are "Government Y2K," "Online Software Support '98," "Aligning IT and the Corporate Strategic Plan," and "IT Metrics '98." With headquarters in New York and offices in New Jersey, Chicago, Boston, London, Sydney, and Singapore, IQPC is also a member of the

Penton Group of Companies, which includes Penton Publishing, publisher of Industry Week and more than 30 other trade magazines.

Dan Green            
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MicroTouch Systems, Inc.         
Paula Slotkin
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