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26.11.2007 – 13:05

BIO-key International, Inc.

BIO-key(R) and Tiger IT Awarded a Follow-on Contract for Nationwide Voter
Citizen Registration in Bangladesh

Wall, New Jersey and Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 26

- Solution Prevents Duplicate Registrations and Issues Voter Rolls
and National ID Cards
BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader
in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety,
and Tiger IT BD Ltd. (Tiger IT), a leader in both prepackaged and
customized software solutions, today announced that they have been
awarded an exclusive contract for the biometric-based credentialing
solution for the Bangladesh Voter Registration Project. This solution
is being used to prepare voter rolls and issue national ID cards in
preparation for Bangladesh's general elections to be held in 2008.
The initial implementation of the solution has successfully
registered and issued national ID cards for nearly 5 million people
and demonstrated the creation of local voter rolls for the election.
The registration process, which is designed to be convenient for
citizens, incorporates a timesaving pre-registration step as well as
scheduled appointment times to enroll each citizen's biometric
information including photograph, four fingerprints and signature.
The biometric enrollment process takes about 5 to 6 minutes per
"Tiger IT's implementation of WEB-key(R) performed above
expectations. Operating at more than 1 million matches per second on
a single processor, it accurately identified duplicate
registrations," said Ziaur Rahman, Managing Director of Tiger IT.
"This performance, combined with the outstanding methodology
developed by the Bangladesh Army to collect and process the data,
sets the stage to complete the nationwide registration by the summer
of 2008."
Beyond establishing more accurate voter rolls to facilitate the
upcoming election in 2008, the ability to verify one's identity
provides significant benefits in the course of each citizen's daily
life. For example, the National ID card is used by each citizen to
access up to 22 different services managed or offered by the
government. The National ID card also includes a standard barcode
encoded with ISO fingerprint templates and PKI digital hash that can
be used to quickly verify the identity of the cardholder and the
integrity and authenticity of the ID card.
"Tiger IT, BIO-key and Cognitec, in fulfilling their technical
promises in the first phase, have demonstrated they can ensure high
quality enrollment data by deploying a powerful identity management
solution that delivers accurate, high-speed alias detection on a
large scale," commented Major General Shafiq, Military Secretary of
the Bangladesh Army. "Their expertise will be valuable as we begin
the nationwide rollout of the solution."
This next phase of the project, scheduled to begin in November,
will register up to 100 million people, making it the largest
biometric enrollment initiative in the world. This will involve more
than 20,000 personnel, 500 ID management servers developed by Tiger
IT, and over 8,000 laptop computers equipped with Tiger IT enrollment
software, BIO-key's fingerprint ID software and FBI certified
fingerprint readers. BIO-key's WEB-key development platform will be
used in stages to detect duplicate registrations.
"BIO-key is pleased to assist Bangladesh to produce voter rolls
and identity cards," stated Michael DePasquale, President and CEO of
BIO-key. "The consistency and reliability of our VST and WEB-key
platforms, including our Intelligent Image Indexing(TM) technology,
have been instrumental in the deployment of this large scale national
initiative to register voters and detect duplicates to ensure a free
and fair election. This contract award is a major inflection for our
company and a validation of the technologies that we have developed
over the past 10 years. BIO-key's large scale ID platform is now
being considered for a host of additional projects around the world
as we are able to provide superior accuracy, speed and scalability
with minimal hardware infrastructure."
About BIO-key
BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey,
develops and delivers advanced identification solutions and
information services to law enforcement departments, public safety
agencies, government and private sector customers. BIO-key's mobile
wireless technology provides first responders with critical,
reliable, real-time data and images from local, state and national
databases. BIO-key's high performance, scalable, cost-effective and
easy-to-deploy biometric fingerprint identification technology
accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and
enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to
reduce identity theft. Over 750 police departments in North America
use BIO-key solutions, making BIO-key the leading supplier of mobile
and wireless solutions for law enforcement. (
About Cognitec Systems,
Cognitec Systems with headquarters in Dresden, Germany, and
offices in Herndon, VA; Miami, FL; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
develops and markets the well-established and world-leading
FaceVACS(R) face recognition software.
Cognitec Systems Corporation
    13800 Coppermine Road, Herndon, VA 20171
    Roger Kelesoglu, Senior Business Development Executive
    Phone: +1-978-692-1251
About Tiger IT
Tiger IT BD Ltd., headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is a
full-service developer of enterprise software applications and
solutions for both government agencies and the private sector. Tiger
IT is routinely considered by many to employ the most experienced and
capable development team in Bangladesh. Some of the end-customers
that benefit from Tiger IT include global Fortune 500 corporations.
Tiger IT's US counterpart has recently signed a 4 million dollar
contract to prevent online media piracy using a solution developed
primarily in Bangladesh.
This news release contains forward-looking statements that are
subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual
results to differ materially from those projected on the basis of
these statements. The words "estimate," "project," "intends,"
"expects," "believes" and similar expressions are intended to
identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements
are made based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made
by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to
the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. For a more complete description of these and
other risk factors that may affect the future performance of BIO-key
International, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on
Form 10-KSB and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on
these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date
made. The Company also undertakes no obligation to disclose any
revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or
circumstances after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of
unanticipated events.
Company Contact: BIO-key International, Inc.
                     Bud Yanak
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Bud Yanak of BIO-key International, Inc., +1-732-359-1100; or Roger
Kelesoglu, Senior Business Development Executive of Cognitec Systems,
+1-978-692-1251, +1-305-629-3113,