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12.02.2004 – 08:18


euro adhoc: S&T System Integration&Technology Distribution AG
S&T Lands EUR 5 Million Contract in Romania (E)

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•S&T to provide Information Technology (IT) solution for the introduction of new resident's cards •Prime contractor Bundesdruckerei supplies forgery-proof identity cards, S&T provides the IT •Five year maintenance contract for S&T •Fingerprints suffice: Biometric identification for maximum security

12 February 2004, Vienna, Austria - In the course of preparations for Romania's planned accession to the European Union in 2007 foreign nationals holding permanent visas will need to have a forgery-proof resident's card. S&T will supply German company "Bundesdruckerei International Service GmbH" (BIS), with a complete IT-solution including training and maintenance for the next five years.

BIS and S&T have already carried out a major reference project together in the last two years, which made it possible to issue all Romanian citizens with new passports conforming to EU regulations. The continuation of this project is the introduction and maintenance of forgery-proof resident's cards for foreign nationals living in Romania, amounting to approximately 250,000 cards. The value of the project for S&T is somewhat in excess of EUR 5 million.

BIS, a subsidiary of Berlin-based Bundesdruckerei GmbH, is the prime contractor to the Romanian Government. S&T has project responsibility for the communications and data processing infrastructure including the maintenance of the entire system. S&T has planned, designed, will install and configure the necessary hardware and software at the 43 local offices of the Interior Ministry, and protect the ministry's network with a firewall, anti-virus software and a finger-scan against unauthorised access. The communications infrastructure such as the e-mail system and the network technology will also be supplied and implemented by S&T. S&T will use technology from renowned manufacturers such as Checkpoint, HP, Microsoft and others. In addition, S&T will train ministry employees in the use of the new system and operate a support hotline.

As the data involved is highly sensitive, the main emphasis will be on data security and the identification of the designated ministry staff who are authorised to use the system. Data may only be accessed when employees have identified themselves by means of fingerprints which have already been stored on a central database.

BIS has already successfully collaborated with S&T on similar projects in the past such as the issue of new passports for all Romanians. BIS project manager, Joachim Schroeder: "We are pleased that we can once again carry out this government order with S&T as our partner for the entire computer system, and are confident that the project can be successfully completed in 2004."

end of announcement            euro adhoc 12.02.2004

Further inquiry note:
Karl Tantscher                          
Chief Executive Officer       

Markus Klampfer Corporate Communications

S&T System Integration & Technology Distribution AG Gunoldstrasse 16, 1190 Vienna, Austria Phone: +43 1 367 80 88 0 Fax:    +43 1 367 80 88 99

Branche: Computing & Information Technology
ISIN:      AT0000905351
Index:    ATX Prime, WBI
Börsen:  Wiener Börse AG / official dealing