XTec, ImageWare Systems Provide State Department With Secured Smart Card Solution; Successfully Produced More Than 17,000 Employee Badges

XTec, ImageWare Systems Provide State Department With Secured Smart Card Solution; Successfully Produced More Than 17,000 Employee Badges

SAN DIEGO, May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/–XTec Incorporated and ImageWare Systems, Inc. (Amex: IW) today announced the successful issuance of more than 17,000 employee badges to date for the U.S. Department of State (DoS) using an integrated secure credentialing solution developed with XTec and ImageWare technologies.

XTec employed ImageWare’s identification technologies to incorporate image capture, badge design and print functionality into the Company’s SmartBadge 2000™ card issuance, credentialing and badging software used by the DoS.

“We are very pleased to support the DoS project by providing the credential system,” said Albert Fernandez, president and CEO of XTec. “In our quest to provide our public and private sector clients with the best image capture, badge design, and print functionality for SmartBadge, it became obvious early on that ImageWare’s technology was the best solution for our software.”

As a subcontractor of Northrop Grumman Information Technology, XTec was selected to provide a smart card issuance and production solution along with secured smart card access control readers.

“ImageWare’s identification solutions are readily integrated with a variety of applications and can be used not only to incorporate advanced card design capabilities, but can also support the capture of virtually any biometric and encode that data into a barcode, magnetic stripe or smart chip,” said Jim Miller, ImageWare’s chairman and CEO. “We are proud to add the State Department to the list of fine government agencies such as FEMA, U.S. Senate & U.S. House, and United Nations, which all employ ImageWare solutions.”

XTec is supporting the rollout of the DoS project to more than 35,000 State Department employees. The completion of the project will make them one of the first federal agencies to comply with the Government Smart Card Interoperability Specification (GSC-IS). According to the General Services Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the primary goal of the Government Smart Card Program is to build a framework for smart card interoperability, enabling broad adoption of this critical technology by the public and private sectors.

About XTec, Incorporated

XTec is an independent developer, producer, and licensor of security solutions for a wide range of government and commercial uses. The Company’s breakthrough technology, Mediametrics™ is a peerless, non-finite state based, security solution that enables business and organizations in the public and private sectors to securely process, store, and manage proprietary information. Key areas of focus for XTec include electronic commerce, point of sales systems, domain and key management, transaction and data processing, access control, communications, and information systems.

About ImageWare Systems, Inc.

ImageWare Systems, Inc. (Amex: IW) is the leader in software solutions for digital imaging, biometrics, law enforcement and secure credentials. Through its ID product line, ImageWare applies its core technology to create secure identification systems for airports, universities, government agencies and private businesses. ImageWare’s law enforcement product line empowers its customers to quickly capture, search, retrieve and share digital photographs and criminal history records on stand alone, networked or Web-based platforms. ImageWare additionally leverages its imaging technology to create software and Web-based solutions for professional photographers. ImageWare is headquartered in San Diego, with offices in Greenville, Canada, Germany and Singapore. For more information, please visit http://www.iwsinc.com.

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For further information, please contact:

Joyce Chang,
or Andrea Alfonso,
both of ImageWare Systems, Inc.,

or George Moneo of XTec Incorporated,