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CLEMIS and the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Select Cogent Systems for Its Regional Palm Print AFIS; Multi-Million Dollar Contract Includes New BlueCheck Mobile Devices.

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. -- Cogent Systems (Nasdaq:COGT) today announced it has signed a multi-million dollar contract with the Oakland County (Michigan) Sheriff's Office & CLEMIS for its first county-wide Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

After extensive system benchmarking, Oakland County awarded the new AFIS contract to Cogent based on its proven technology merit and value proposition. The new system will serve the CLEMIS (Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System) law enforcement community of 105 police departments within the southeastern Michigan region. Under the contract, Cogent will convert existing records and provide a wide range of products including: Cogent Fingerprint and Palmprint Identification System (CAFIS), Real Time Identification System (LiveID), Web-based Criminal Fingerprint Record Archive, Multipurpose CAFIS workstations and Mobile Identification handheld devices (BlueCheck).

The new system will provide an extensive range of new crime-fighting and crime-solving capabilities. Cogent's AFIS will provide the ability to store palmprints and to accurately search crime scene palm latents. The new web-based Archive System will store all criminal records on-line and can provide users throughout the State a more effective and cost efficient record management system. With BlueCheck, Cogent's latest Mobile Identification handheld device, law enforcement personnel will be able to remotely submit fingerprint searches for real-time identification.

"The ability to store and analyze palm prints provides the law enforcement officer on the street with another significant tool in the fight against crime. The fact that CLEMIS can provide this capability to consortium officers serves as another example of why CLEMIS is considered a model organization nationwide. I look forward to the deployment of this technology and to the increased safety and quality of life that will result from its use," Chief William Dwyer, Chairman of the CLEMIS Advisory Council stated.

"The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is one more tool in the law enforcement arsenal to keep our officers and our citizens safe," Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said. "I am excited to see the progress on this project and look forward to the increase of information which will be readily available to our public safety officers who are fighting crime on the front lines."

"Throughout the evaluation process, we were very pleased with the superior benchmarking of the Cogent system and the proven performance of their products in the field," commented Lt. Kim G. Rossman, AFIS Project Manager.

"Our selection by Oakland County demonstrates Cogent's commitment to offering the best technology, superior performance and the most compelling value solution to the law enforcement community," commented Ming Hsieh, President and CEO of Cogent Systems. "Our COTS AFIS is fully compliant with the ANSI NIST standard and stores all data elements in Native NIST Format. System scalability and backward compatibility are two critical factors that ensure Cogent can continually support the future needs of our customers."

About Cogent Systems

Cogent is a leading provider of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, or AFIS, and other fingerprint biometric solutions to governments, law enforcement agencies and commercial organizations worldwide. Cogent's AFIS solutions enable customers to capture fingerprint images electronically, encode fingerprints into searchable files and accurately compare a set of fingerprints to a database containing potentially millions of fingerprints in seconds.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on management's current estimates and expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Cogent is providing this information as of the date of this press release, and expressly disclaims any duty to update information contained in this press release.

Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, express and implied statements regarding Cogent's future growth, and revenues to be recognized from the Oakland County project. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied here. Readers are referred to Cogent's Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2006 filed by Cogent with the Securities and Exchange Commission which identifies important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: changes in government policies; deriving a significant portion of revenues from a limited number of customers; deriving a significant portion of revenues from the sale of solutions pursuant to government contracts; failure of Cogent's products to achieve broad acceptance; failure to successfully compete; failure to comply with government regulations; negative publicity and/or loss of clients due to security breaches resulting in the disclosure of confidential information; failure to manage projects; rapid technology change in the biometrics market; loss of a key member of management team; termination of backlog orders; loss of limited source suppliers; negative audits by government agencies; failure to protect intellectual property; and exposure to intellectual property and product liability claims. The information contained in this press release is a statement of Cogent's present intention, belief or expectation and is based upon, among other things, existing industry conditions, market conditions, the economy in general and Cogent's assumptions. Cogent may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in its assumptions or otherwise. Cogent undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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