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eTreppid Awarded IDIQ Contract for Compression, ATR, and Biometric Technology.

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RENO, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 18, 2004

eTreppid Technologies, LLC has been awarded a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with the United States Government to supply software compression, Automatic Target Recognition (ATR), and biometric products.

With a contract ceiling of $30 million, this contract provides a vehicle for the procurement of eTreppid's breakthrough technology by all services and agencies in the U.S. Government.

eTreppid Technologies provides a family of compression products based on its proprietary lossless and "lossy" data compression technology. These products include data, audio, still imagery, and video compression systems that enable transmission of time-critical information over limited bandwidth equipment. Because of the unique qualities of eTreppid's compression approach, the identification of objects within the data while the data is in its compressed state is possible.

"eTreppid compression is, in a word, impressive," stated Mr. Pete Wiedemann, an expert in real-time motion imagery and communications who provides applied solutions to the United States Air Force (USAF) as a consultant. "Just the single-pass, lossy compression by itself yields high quality at very tight ratios, making it a valuable tool for communications and storage of a wide variety of data. Its ability to add lossless iterative re-compression magnifies that capability, achieving even tighter compression. Additional compression factors of 2 to 3 are thus easily achievable in near real time for live transmission and even higher re-compression factors are obtainable for media storage, where the additional processing time on the order of a minute or two is easily tolerated. Remarkably, such re-compression does not increase decompression time. Lastly, valuable additional capabilities such as Automatic Target Cueing/Recognition, directly from the compressed data without first needing to decompress, are like icing on the cake. The combination of these capabilities makes using this technology all but irresistible. Not only can these capabilities make significant contributions to expand use and lower the cost in traditional compression environments, but should open many new communications and storage areas and markets heretofore inaccessible to the delivery of bandwidth/storage consumptive products." Mr. Wiedemann rendered these observations upon completion of an independent "hands-on" evaluation of the compression system, using a variety of actual and purposely selected aerial video clips.

"eTreppid's compression technology enables video to be transmitted over satellite radios using the same bandwidth that audio or still images had required in the past," stated Warren Trepp, eTreppid's Chief Executive Officer. "Whether it is satellite imagery or email, our compression technology can reduce the storage and transmission needs for the Government."

"eTreppid's ATR technology can be used in many ways in markets such as surveillance and security," stated Patty Gray, eTreppid's VP of Product Development. "Whether for the protection of our interests at home or elsewhere in the world, ATR can provide the additional information needed to address today's tough security problems."

eTreppid Technologies, LLC is a privately held innovative company specializing in compression and data processing technology.
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