OTI reinstated in US electronic passport project
Fort Lee, NJ, December 5, 2005–On Track Innovations Ltd, (OTI) (NASDAQ: OTIV; Prime Standard [Frankfurt]: OT5), a global leader in contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions for homeland security, payments and other applications, said that the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. found in favor of OTI America, Inc. (“OTI”), in OTI’s protest against the Government Printing Office’s (“GPO”) elimination of OTI from the competition for the United States Government’s Electronic Passport program. The Court’s written opinion remains under seal, pending the preparation of a redacted version.
OTI, along with several other firms, received an individual contract with the GPO, under which the GPO was testing and evaluating sample Electronic Passports, prior to selecting the winner. During testing the GPO terminated OTI’s contract, effectively eliminating OTI from the ongoing competition.
OTI, represented by William Weisberg in the Washington, D.C. office of ZAG/Sullivan & Worcester, challenged the GPO’s action in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In finding in favor for OTI, the Court set aside the GPO’s termination of OTI’s contract. The Court went on to order the GPO to reinstate OTI into the competition and to resume testing OTI’s products at the same stage of the competition from which OTI had been eliminated. OTI expects to immediately resume program activity.
According to Oded Bashan, President & CEO, “We are pleased with the court decision to reinstate OTI into the competition for the award of the US Electronic Passport contract. OTI is confident in the superiority of its technology and product and we are looking forward to continue in the evaluation process and become a supplier to the US Government.”
Established in 1990, OTI (NASDAQ: OTIV, Prime Standard: OT5) designs, develops and markets secure contactless microprocessor-based smart card technology to address the needs of a wide variety of markets. Applications developed by OTI include product solutions for petroleum payment systems, homeland security solutions, electronic passports and IDs, payments, mass transit ticketing, parking, loyalty programs and secure campuses. OTI has a global network of regional offices to market and support its products. The company was awarded the prestigious Frost & Sullivan 2005 Company of the Year Award in the field of smart cards. For more information on OTI, visit www.otiglobal.com http://www.otiglobal.com/