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Ethentica Fingerprint Authentication Solutions Primed for Microsoft Biometrics Endorsement.

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LAKE FOREST, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 9, 2000

Long-Standing Relationship with I/O Software Enables Ethentica

to Offer Windows/Biometric API Standard Solutions

Ethentica, a Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE) partner company providing robust authentication solutions for businesses of all sizes, today announced its fingerprint sensor and digital security services meet the rigorous Biometric API (BAPI) standard and are compatible with the SecureSuite(TM) applications that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT) will include in future versions of its Windows(R) operating system.

"It is a mark of industry distinction that Ethentica's products are fully compatible with Microsoft's recently announced biometrics commitment," said Ethentica President and Chief Executive Officer Doug Antone. "Soon, all Windows users can enjoy the convenience of Ethentica's suite of authentication services, which deliver the solutions the market demands."

Earlier this year, Microsoft purchased BAPI and SecureSuite technologies from I/O Software, a leading security software developer based in Riverside, Calif. The acquisition provides users with a high level of network security based on a protected and reliable personal authorization method. In addition, the integration of BAPI into future versions of Windows spurs the widespread use of biometric devices and allows software vendors to easily incorporate biometric support into their products.

"We are extremely pleased to have Ethentica on board as BAPI and SecureSuite become an integral part of the biometric industry," said William Saito, president and CEO of I/O Software. "Ethentica's products are a great complement in our efforts to grow the market for biometrics."

Ethentica has worked closely with I/O Software for two years. This relationship will enable Ethentica to realize the full commercial benefit of Microsoft integrating I/O Software's BAPI standard into the Windows operating systems. Ethentica's breakthrough technology uses I/O Software's SecureSuite, a powerful group of software applications designed to provide sophisticated security and ease of use. With its move to meet the BAPI standard, Ethentica is poised for increased sales as usage of security technology grows.

"I/O Software is a key member of Ethentica's tightly knitted group of strategic partners helping the company capitalize on burgeoning market opportunities," Antone said. "The combination of Ethentica's authentication solutions and I/O Software's SecureSuite eliminates the need for computer users to remember passwords to gain secure access to protected networks and Web sites."

As a leading provider of authentication (Ethentication(TM)) products and services required for trusted Internet commerce and communications, Ethentica enables enterprises to decrease the soaring costs of password and digital certificate management while increasing the security and convenience of authentication.

About Ethentica

An XL Vision and Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE) partner company, Ethentica has headquarters in Lake Forest, Calif., with U.S. offices in Dallas, Maryland, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. and international offices in England and Taiwan. In addition to offering breakthrough Ethentication solutions to its customers, Ethentica's family of TactileSense(TM) technologies enhances security and convenience by eliminating passwords in corporate networks, Internet transactions, personal computers and consumer electronics devices. The company was originally founded as Who?Vision Systems Inc. in 1997. For further information, visit the company at www.ethentica.com or call toll-free 877/660-5353.

About I/O Software

I/O Software of Riverside, Calif., is a leading developer of highly versatile information security software for user authentication, encryption and Internet/e-commerce using PKI and digital certification. These applications support a wide range of authentication devices, which include biometrics (i.e., fingerprint, iris, retinal, voice and facial recognition), smart cards and tokens. Named one of the "Top 100 Emerging Companies to Watch in 2000" by Computerworld, I/O Software provides biometrics/infosec-related consulting and engineering services to its FORTUNE 500 clients. Information on I/O Software's products is available at www.iosoftware.com or by calling 909/222-7600.
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