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ADVANCED COMPUTER/ROBOTICS SYSTEM MAKES EMPLOYMENT POSSIBLE FOR QUADRIPLEGICS

 ADVANCED COMPUTER/ROBOTICS SYSTEM
 MAKES EMPLOYMENT POSSIBLE FOR QUADRIPLEGICS
 Who: Pittsburgh National Bank (PNB)
 What: Press conference -- advanced computer-robotics system makes
 employment possible for quadriplegics. System unveiling
 and demonstration.
 When: 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22
 Where: 22nd floor, One Oliver Plaza, Pittsburgh (downtown)
 Summary:
 Pittsburgh National Bank will become the first private enterprise to use an advanced voice-activated robotics work station designed to provide a broad range of employment opportunities to quadriplegics. The system has been designed for use in the bank's customer service department and will enable quadriplegic employees to perform the same job functions as their co-workers without any additional aid.
 The work station consists of voice-activated software and a robotics system, complete with a robotics arm, that work together to help the employee perform work-related and human functions, such as lifting a coffee cup for a drink of water.
 As compliance deadlines are instituted under the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1992, the new work station illustrates how appropriate technologies can be used to help people overcome physical disabilities.
 The announcement and unveiling of the new system are the end result of a three-year pilot project designed to create jobs in the service sector for quadriplegics, a group with an unemployment rate as high as 98 percent.
 On hand at the press conference will be: K.G. Engelhardt, scientist and project director of the team that created the system; Scott Ferguson, 31, who will be the first user of the system as a customer service representative at Pittsburgh National Bank. Thanks to this system, Ferguson will return to the work force after a 10-year hiatus caused by a motorcycle accident that left him severely paralyzed; James Rohr, president of PNC Financial Corporation (NYSE: PNC), who worked with the system development team for the past three years.
 CONTACT: Tim O'Brien of Ketchum Public Relations, 412-456-3857, for Pittsburgh National Bank.
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