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Redmond, July 15, 2000.- With only a few months operating, Smartmatic, the device-networking based solutions provider, is already recognized as one of Microsoft 's Top Five Packaged Application Partners of the Year, and the most outstanding in Latin America.

Microsoft's award is oriented toward "excellence and innovation in the development of tailor made solutions and services", as stated by the firm in an official press release. 875 companies from 79 countries participated in this edition, an unprecedented number in the history of these awards, which come in six different categories.

In the area of Packaged Applications, besides Smartmatic, there was also the Indian company Talisma Corp., as the most prominent in the Asia/South Pacific market, the German company Gluck & Kanja GmbH, in Europe; the Canadian company Pivotal Corp., in North America; and the South African Persetel Q. Data Chem, in Africa / Middle East.

Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic, and Alfredo Anzola, VP of Business Development, received the award for Latin America. Jim Allchin, Vice President of Platforms and member of the Microsoft Senior Leadership Team, responsible for the corporation's business management, granted the award, together with its President, Bill Gates, and it's CEO, Steve Ballmer.

With this award, Smartmatic enters the exclusive group of Microsoft's most prominent partners in each of the five regions where this company operates. "These partners have developed outstanding solutions in their respective fields, and every finalist deserves the recognition", says Charles Stevens, Vice President of Microsoft's Enterprise Partner Group.

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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