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Biometrics Pioneer Retires; Cross Match Technologies Long-Time Chairman Resigns.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of high-quality interoperable biometric identity applications and solutions, announced today that its long-time Chairman, Theodore M. Johnson, has informed its Board of Directors that he will be retiring and stepping down as Chairman on August 1, 2006. Until August 2005, Mr. Johnson also had served as Cross Match's President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Johnson joined Cross Match in 1997 and has guided it to its current position as a leader in the biometrics industry with the largest offering of finger, palm and full hand scanning devices and related software and systems.

Under Mr. Johnson's guidance, Cross Match has grown from a developer of livescan fingerprint technology with 17 employees in 1997 to an international multi-modal biometrics identity management company with almost 300 employees presently. The company has locations in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Jena and Bochum, Germany; and Arlington, Virginia. In a letter to shareholders of this privately held company, James W. Ziglar, President and Chief Executive Officer praised Mr. Johnson's contributions to Cross Match noting that, "while all of us at Cross Match will miss Ted's guiding hand, he remains a significant investor in Cross Match and a good friend. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to list all of Ted's contributions to Cross Match over the nine years that he has been a leader of the Company. Suffice it to say, that Cross Match probably would not exist today if it were not for Ted Johnson. We all owe him a debt of gratitude."

In addition to his unflagging historical fund raising efforts, Mr. Johnson negotiated Cross Match's 2005 acquisition of Smiths Heimann Biometrics GmbH producing one of the largest biometric companies worldwide with customers in over 50 countries. Mr. Johnson also brought in a new management team in 2005 to manage the integration and steward the company's growth into a premiere global biometrics provider. Mr. Johnson noted that, "I am very comfortable that Cross Match is in good hands with Jim Ziglar, Mark Slaven, Will Smith and others on the management team that I put together. I am confident that they will take Cross Match to the next level and beyond. I am now anxious to move on to my next challenge."

Mr. Johnson will be named as Chairman Emeritus of Cross Match effective August 1, 2006. He further will remain Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Authorizer Technologies, Inc. A former Cross Match subsidiary recently spun-off to stockholders, Authorizer Technologies is the holder of a number of highly innovative patents and is developing a biometric fingerprint imaging device based on ceramic piezo-electric ultrasound technology. Mr. Johnson is eager to replicate his successes at Cross Match and nurture Authorizer Technologies as it matures into another biometrics industry leader.

About Cross Match Technologies

Cross Match Technologies, Inc. is a leading global provider of high-quality interoperable biometric identity applications and solutions. The company's offerings consist of a range of products, which are used to capture and process the unique physiological characteristics of individuals to establish and verify their identity, such as fingerprint and palm scan devices, document readers and access control systems, proprietary enterprise and application software, and services. Cross Match's products are used to conduct criminal bookings, perform background checks for job applicants, verify identities at borders and other checkpoints, register citizens for driver's license and national identification programs, prevent identity fraud in large-scale government and civil identification programs, and control access to office buildings, government facilities and other secure areas. Serving a broad range of vertical markets including national and US federal government, state and local government, law enforcement, transportation, financial services, education, healthcare and commercial, Cross Match has more than 5,000 customers worldwide, with application and solution installations in more than 50 countries.

More information on Cross Match can be accessed via the company website at http://www.crossmatch.com.
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