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Marconi Interactive Systems Selects Kudos

London (4th October 2001) - Kudos Development Group, the company behind high-performance Kudos(tm) software for interactive terminals and kiosks, today announced that it has been selected by Marconi Interactive Systems to partner in its Interactive Public Terminal project. Interactive Public Terminals (also known as web-payphones) provide Internet access to the public, who can choose to browse, send e-mail, SMS or even make a voice call.

"Web payphones and their killer application-e-mail-promise to become the interactive pay phones of the next decade," says Francie Mendelsohn, President at Summit Research. "Summit Research predicts that the number of Web payphones will leap from 14,000 last year to over 400,000 in 2005."

"We looked at many kiosk applications and platforms before selecting Kudos. Kudos was the only solution to provide the desired flexibility and functionality, as well as deliver on our requirements for an extensible development platform as opposed to just a configurable client," said Roy Jackson, CTO of Marconi Interactive Systems.

Marconi can see strong market demand for its solution that will incorporate the Kudos software. The Interactive Public Terminals can provide consumers with a convenient way to access valuable Internet content and services such as e-mail, SMS and telephony in the away from base environment.

"We are thrilled to be selected by Marconi as its software vendor of choice," said Thor Ibsen, CEO of Kudos. "The Kudos partnership with Marconi will allow us to demonstrate the superiority of Kudos software and its ability to support an sophisticated network of Interactive Public Terminals"

About Marconi plc
Marconi plc is a global communications and IT company with over 48,000 employees. Marconi has research and development facilities in 19 countries, manufacturing operations in 16 countries, and serves customers in over 100 countries. It delivers innovative communications solutions which transform the economics of doing business for Networks, Wireless and Enterprise customers. Marconi plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and Nasdaq under the symbol MONI. For more information, please visit www.marconi.com, or, www.marconi-interactive-systems.com.

About Kudos
London-based Kudos Development Group Limited started operations in June 2001 when it secured first-round funding and purchased the research and development operations of Degasoft, Iceland. Since early 1997, the company has concentrated solely on development of the Kudos remote and interactive terminal and kiosk software platform. The latest version of the Kudos platform, combines more than a decade of industry expertise in the most advanced and complete interactive terminal and kiosk network management package available. Kudos software has been implemented by Virgin Entertainment Group, Ford Motor Company, Ford Credit, and Hitachi as well as many other leading retail, financial services, insurance, and telecom companies. Kudos is the software behind the Virgin V.Shop kiosk, a winner in the 2001 European Retail Solutions Awards. For more information, visit www.kudosdevelopment.com

Contact at Kudos:
Lisa Menning
Marketing Communications Manager
+44 (0) 20 8899 7419
[email protected]

Contact at Marconi:
Roy Jackson
Technical Officer
+ 44 1257 23 5607
[email protected]


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