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IMM AND ACUITY DIGITAL, INC. ANNOUNCE MULTIYEAR AGREEMENTS

IMM AND ACUITY DIGITAL, INC. ANNOUNCE MULTIYEAR AGREEMENTS
 KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- International Mobile Machines Corporation (AMEX: IMM) and Acuity Digital, Inc. today jointly announced that they have entered into a series of multiyear agreements under which IMM will assist Acuity in implementing the nation's first Digital IMTS network which will include voice mail and call alert as well as mobile telephone service.
 The agreements include a non-exclusive royalty bearing license for IMM's Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) patents and technology and an engineering services agreement to modify IMM's Ultraphone(R) digital radiotelephone system for use in the improved Mobile Telephone Service (IMTS) market. IMM will manufacture the modified Ultraphone for Acuity.
 "With IMM's technology, we can now put digital mobile communications in the hands of rural customers, as well as those in metropolitan areas," Acuity Digital President Don Olson said. "This agreement means we can move forward with our plans to build the nation's first digital mobile communications network using the latest in digital technology. For our customers, it means lower costs and superior service as compared with other forms of mobile communications."
 "We are enthusiastic about Acuity's programs," William J. Hilsman, chairman and chief executive officer of IMM, said. "This opens another market and application for IMM's TDMA technology and patents. The U.S. digital cellular market is moving from analog to digital TDMA because it will give them increased call capacity. Acuity will revitalize the IMTS market by moving it from analog to digital TDMA technology and quadruple the current call capacity."
 Olson said Acuity expects revenues to exceed $300 million in five years.
 Headquartered in Chaska, Minn., Acuity Digital, Inc. is privately held. The company said it expects to begin service in Minnesota before year end. Further plans are to immediately expand in the Midwest and West Coast markets, with national distribution by 1995.
 IMM, a leader in TDMA digital radiotelephone systems, currently holds 29 TDMA patents in the United States and holds patents or has patents pending in more than 30 countries. Its Ultraphone system has been shipped to or installed in more than 157 locations worldwide.
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 CONTACT: David L. Smith, senior vp of IMM, 215-278-7831, or William G. Fuesz of Colle & McVoy, 612-851-2525, for Acuity Digital
 (IMM) CO: INTERNATIONAL MOBILE MACHINES CORPORATION; ACUITY
 DIGITAL, INC.


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