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Miami, July 11, 2001.- The device-networking solutions provider Smartmatic, announced its nomination as finalist of the South Florida Business Journal's 2001 Technology Award, an award that recognizes the most outstanding high technology companies of the state.

As stated in the official press release of Deloitte & Touche, the consulting firm presented the award: "The nomination was made for the new technological offer that Smartmatic is introducing in the market, making the concept "Everything Connected" a reality.

"Given that South Florida is quickly gaining recognition as one of the high technology, Internet, and telecommunications development poles in the United States, the 2001 Technology Award is a way to honor the most innovative firms in our area", says Robert Haeffner, manager and consultant of Deloitte & Touche.

"Smartmatic is part of a small and select group, recognized for its achievements in the local technology industry", says Michael Heller, director of Venture Capital Relations of Deloitte & Touche. The company's solutions are already being used by different organizations of Enterprise Global 500, in the areas of telecommunications, finances, and oil.

Smartmatic's technologic platform and its several applications for the remote monitoring and control of devices, are based on safe interconnection protocols, and are supported by several innovations, which are recorded with 20 patents pending in the United States, so far.

Pointing the way
"Smartmatic's technology is about automation and communications in the future, where people and devices will be able to communicate in an intelligent manner, through a clear, integrated, modular, and redundant communications network", says Daniel Raviv, professor at Florida Atlantic University.

He adds: "This new and unique concept of integrated technology finally opens the doors to future uses, for developers at all levels. Smartmatic is dealing with technologies of the future, using extremely advanced network and information management capabilities".

He states that: "Their technology is more promising because it is user friendly and has the capacities ready to be used through the Internet. The national and international awards that Smartmatic has received are a strong indication of imminent success".

About Smartmatic
Smartmatic is a multinational company that specializes in the design and end-to-end deployment of complex purpose-specific technology solutions. With an unsurpassed technology base, continuous innovation, and quality in processes and results, Smartmatic is organized around three business areas: Electronic voting systems, intelligent and integrated security systems for large enterprises and governments, and advanced solutions for people registration and authentication for a wide range of government applications.

Smartmatic is a privately held company with offices in the US, Mexico, Venezuela, Barbados, Spain, Philippines and Taiwan.  It has more than 200 employees worldwide.  Its capacity for innovation and wide range of products and services have earned Smartmatic extensive recognition in the technology community worldwide.

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