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Pacific Softworks Announces Agreement With TouchVision to Build Low-Cost Embedded Internet Kiosks

Story Filed: Monday, November 22, 1999 12:08 PM EST

NEWBURY PARK, Calif., Nov 22, 1999 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Pacific Softworks Inc. (Nasdaq:PASW), a leading developer of embedded Internet and Web software, today announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with TouchVision Inc., a leading developer of Internet- enabled kiosks based in Seal Beach, Calif.

The new kiosk design will employ low-cost embedded technology solutions developed by Pacific Softworks instead of the traditional "PC-in-a-box approach."

As part of the agreement, the two companies will collaborate and jointly develop and market a line of Internet kiosks that will set the stage for low-cost kiosk technology. At the center of the development, Pacific Softworks will incorporate its Web Pilot Micro Browser. The new kiosks will support "wired" and "wireless" connectivity to the Internet.

TouchVision will produce small low-profile units using Pacific Softworks' technology for demonstrations, trade shows and other marketing programs. Pacific Softworks will provide TouchVision with a worldwide license for technology developed under the agreement.

Through the alliance, TouchVision will enable its customers to provide e-commerce, transactions, information distribution and data collection from place-based public kiosks. TouchVision customers include MP3.com (Nasdaq:MPPP), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and Carlson Marketing.

"Our objective is to provide embedded Internet and Web software technology to companies like TouchVision in order to create cost- effective solutions for mass deployment of information appliances," said Glenn Russell, president of Pacific Softworks.

"We have core technology that will drive down the cost of kiosks to a point where the value proposition of using kiosks as information appliances will be very attractive. We have the technology developed for kiosks now, and hope to move forward rapidly with TouchVision to bring products to market in early 2000," said Russell.

"Using embedded Internet and Web solutions, provided by Pacific Softworks, and eliminating requirements for wired networks from service providers, stand-alone public Internet kiosks can now be deployed efficiently," said Greg Roche, TouchVision's co-founder and president.

"TouchVision intends to be one of the first kiosk developers to offer its customers an Internet-enabled kiosk solution that doesn't require a PC or a wired Internet connection. We believe that we will now be able to fulfill customer requests that in the past were not feasible."

     About TouchVision

TouchVision ( www.touchvision.com) helps businesses use the latest "information appliance" technology to provide the bridge between the Internet and the brick-and-mortar physical space to more effectively compete in the rapidly changing e-commerce landscape.

TouchVision provides end-to-end business solutions using the Internet, interactive displays and Internet-enabled touchscreen kiosks by integrating systems, publishing and distributing broadband media, creating e-commerce enterprises and providing outsourcing services for retail, entertainment, tourism and health-care markets. TouchVision has headquarters in Seal Beach.

     Pacific Softworks

Pacific Softworks is a leader in the embedded software market. Pacific Softworks develops and licenses Internet and Web- related software and software development tools. The company's products enable Internet and Web-based connectivity in embedded displays, and "information appliances."

The company's products are used throughout the Internet in information appliances, which are Internet-connected versions of everyday products, such as telephones, vending machines, in-store displays, set-top boxes and other digitally based devices. Pacific Softworks has headquarters in Newbury Park.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated herein, including but not limited to timely development, acceptance and pricing of new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and other risk factors detailed in the company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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