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CTT Correios De Portugal Optimizes Track and Trace Performance Using Escher Group's Web-Based, Messaging and Data Management Platform.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 19, 2001

-- WebRiposte(TM)will serve as the foundation for Portugal's

registered letters system --

Escher Group Limited, a leading provider of solutions to the postal industry, today announced that CTT Correios de Portugal has selected WebRiposte(TM) to offer new levels of track and trace services for its registered letters delivery system. WebRiposte is Escher's Web-enabled, peer-to-peer messaging solution that includes content distribution and storage. WebRiposte will simplify the customer's access to track and trace and will provide management and operational data on the delivery performance of registered items.

"It was an easy decision. We have been a customer of Escher Group's since 1999 and have experienced the power of Riposte(R) in automating our post office counters. WebRiposte extends the functionality of our current platform and will enable us to embrace the efficiencies of the Internet in order to remain competitive," said Mr. Carlos Dias Alves, Board Member of CTT Correios de Portugal.

With the introduction of its new registered letters system, CTT anticipates an increase in mail volume being processed through its network. CTT required a reliable, robust solution capable of handling thousands of letter items on a daily basis. WebRiposte provides both tactical benefits to the project in terms of simplifying the deployment process and strategic benefits by allowing the solution to be deployed over the Internet directly into customer locations. The WebRiposte platform also serves as the foundation upon which other distributed, Web-based applications can be built.

Other evaluation criteria included data transfer facilities for customers, broader access to track and trace, expansion capabilities, thin client support and access to multiple Web sites. Future plans for CTT will include a heterogeneous application deployment environment and new e-commerce offerings including postal banking.

"We are thrilled that WebRiposte is being embraced by current Riposte users," said Martin McAdam, vice president of sales and marketing for Escher Group. "WebRiposte is a natural extension of the Riposte product set which has a proven track record of success in facilitating online transaction processing in diverse, distributed computing environments."

During the initial phase, CTT will concentrate on deploying WebRiposte within the registered letter delivery system. In subsequent phases, WebRiposte will be rolled out to all existing Riposte locations and various processing centers throughout the country.

About Escher Group

Escher Group Limited is a leading provider of peer-to-peer messaging and data management solutions and services. The company offers a business-to-business XML-based transaction management environment, used in thousands of locations worldwide. Since its introduction in 1994, Riposte(R), Escher's flagship peer-to-peer messaging solution, has grown to become the market leader in post office counter automation. Escher is a proud sponsor of the MIT Media Lab's "Things That Think Consortium," which researches advances in information technologies.

Trademarks: Riposte is a registered trademark of Escher Group, Limited in the United States and/or other countries. All product names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

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