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 DAYTON, Ohio, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- NCR Corporation announced today that it has signed an agreement with I-NET Intelligent Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of the Canadian company, Davidson Tisdale Ltd. (Toronto: DDT), for the development of advanced training software for the energy industry. The new software, to be known as the I-NET Smart Trainer, will integrate artificial intelligence, interactive multimedia and networked computing technologies to assist energy companies in complying with government-mandated professional skills requirements scheduled to take effect in 1994 under the U. S. Pipeline Safety Reauthorization Act. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 NCR's Atlanta-based Human Interface Technology Center (HITC) will develop the training system as part of its expanded charter to work with outside companies in promising areas of new business for NCR. When completed in 1994, I-NET Smart Trainer will be one of the first industrial applications of a new technology known as Adaptive Dynamic Interface (ADI). ADI allows a computer to adjust its behavior automatically to the needs of the user. Through ADI for example, I-NET Smart Trainer will be able to evaluate a student's performance against that of an expert user and will automatically personalize the instruction based on that evaluation.
 "ADI technology has the potential to revolutionize the delivery of training and educational resources to people and enhance the way people learn and acquire new skills," said Tom MacTavish, assistant vice president of NCR's HITC. "ADI's ability to dynamically alter the level and content of instruction based on the proficiency of the user makes it a powerful technology tool with many potential educational and training applications."
 "We selected NCR to develop our I-NET Smart Trainer because of the company's proven experience in the application of ADI technology," said I-NET chairman Gary Kimmons. "In addition, the ability to bring NCR's networked computing products and other resources from AT&T into the project made NCR our first choice," he said.
 The two companies are currently discussing plans for future cooperation in multimedia-based training systems such as those needed to meet expected government-mandated skill requirements in the handling of hazardous wastes
 The I-NET Smart Trainer was successfully demonstrated at the National Association of Pipeline Safety representatives meeting in Kansas City on Nov. 3, 1993, as the recommended methodology of choice for industry and government to comply with the personnel qualifications requirements mandated under existing and future regulations.
 According to Kimmons, government mandated skill requirements create strong demand for training programs that are easy to use, quickly enhance worker knowledge and productivity and that can be delivered to users' sites quickly and economically. For example, the U. S. Government mandates are expected to affect approximately 3,000 large businesses and 18,000 smaller ones which together equate to about 3,000,000 people who need to be trained. Davidson Tisdale, Ltd., is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol "DDT."
 NCR, AT&T's (NYSE: T) computer company, brings computing and communications solutions together to provide people easy access to information and to each other-- anytime, anywhere.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Farkas of NCR, 513-445-2078, or Stephan Verchik of I-NET, 818-596-2113/
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