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 COLUMBIA, Md., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- ConQuest Software, Inc., developer of the first automatic, concept-based, plain English full-text search and retrieval system, announced that Motorola New Enterprises, in conjunction with its New Enterprises company, INFO Enterprises, Inc., has acquired a financial interest in ConQuest. The investment will enable INFO Enterprises to incorporate the ConQuest technology into several of its on-line information services.
 "INFO Enterprises conducted an exhaustive technical and competitive evaluation of the ConQuest search engine. We were so impressed by the ConQuest product and team that we are integrating it into our on-line information service offerings," said William F. Gillis, president, INFO Enterprises, Inc.
 The relationship between ConQuest and INFO enables each company to leverage their respective technologies and coordinate their evolution. ConQuest, whose commercialization of true, natural language processing is receiving growing recognition as a unique tool for knowledge worker productivity, will be focused on the continuing evolution of search and retrieval technologies. "INFO will be able to incorporate these technologies as they are being developed," said Gillis.
 "Motorola was one of the first companies to realize that ConQuest had redefined the state-of-the-art in text retrieval," noted Edwin R. Addison, president of ConQuest. "We are very gratified to be able to strengthen our relationship with an organization known worldwide for its commitment to quality, technology and innovation."
 Commenting on the announcement, Carl Frappaolo, vice president of the Delphi Consulting Group, said: "ConQuest has already distinguished itself in the technical sense through its use of a semantic network as a key component of its product offering. Motorola's investment brings to the table, not only financial support, but the considerable weight of its name and reputation."
 INFO Enterprises, Inc.
 Info Enterprises, a subsidiary of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), is Motorola's entry into categories of information services.
 Breaking the Boolean Barrier
 ConQuest Software is the first company to break the "Boolean barrier" in full-text searching. Unlike any other software, ConQuest automatically searches on word meaning, retrieving not only exact matches or statistically related words, but a rich set of conceptually related terms. Only ConQuest enables the user to distinguish among the multiple meanings of words, to formulate queries which are optimized for accuracy. ConQuest dramatically improves productivity in both electronic publishing and full-text research applications. It reduces the time to build and code databases and the effort of crafting queries and sifting through inaccurate results.
 ConQuest has achieved a true, natural language processing-based system, not through conventional approaches of handcrafting linguistic rules, but through the proprietary use of multiple, published lexical sources, including dictionaries, thesauri, glossaries and vocabularies. It filters these sources into its own "semantic network" of 335,000 concepts and 3 million word links. Users benefit from ConQuest's power and ease of use "out of the box" without having to build and maintain their own networks of topics or concepts.
 ConQuest Software
 ConQuest Software, founded in 1989, formally introduced its plain English, text information management system in April 1993. The company has since earned recognition as provider of the "best of breed" in full- text search and retrieval. Recent ConQuest achievements include key sales to Physicians' Online, a new, national medical information network and to the Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper. ConQuest will be used by E-Systems/Garland Division, a major provider of information technology for government and commercial markets, in a new, competitive intelligence system. The company has also entered into a business relationship with PAR Technology Corporation, developers of the INSIGHT document analysis and text retrieval system. PAR creates information systems products and components for organizations as diverse as McDonald's, PepsiCo, IBM and U.S. government agencies.
 Other ConQuest customers include: online service providers such as Infonautics; information vendors such as CBD Search; government agencies including the Internal Revenue Service, the Air Force and the Department of Energy; leading systems integrators such as Integrated Support Systems, Inc.; law firms and corporate legal departments. The company's business partners include: Blueridge Technologies, Cirrus Technology, Law Firm Technologies, NCR Corporation, TRW and Xerox Imaging Systems. ConQuest is a Lotus Notes Alliance Partner.
 ConQuest's management team includes the founding president of Mead Data Central, sales executives from Oracle, Infodata and Verity, the director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of Booz-Allen & Hamilton, a partner at Price Waterhouse and an internationally recognized expert in neural computing. The company's technical team includes former developers of advanced target identification systems from Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
 ConQuest's corporate headquarters are in Columbia, with additional offices in New York, Boston and California.
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