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NRI PROVIDES FINGER IMAGING SYSTEMS UNDER PILOT PROGRAM TO MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Registry Inc. (Nasdaq: NRID) announced today that it will provide its electronic personal identification systems utilizing finger imaging to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) under a six-month pilot program valued at $75,000.

NRI is under contract to Lau Technologies of Boston, MA, the Commonwealth's contractor for DTA identification cards. The pilot program will include three sites, two in Springfield and one in Lawrence, and will be implemented within the next 60 days. The program will be evaluated as a means of conveniently and accurately enrolling qualified participants in the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children and Food Stamp programs. An estimated 25,000 DTA recipients will be enrolled. Upon completion and evaluation of the program, the Department of Transitional Assistance will make a determination regarding statewide implementation. If the program is implemented statewide, it will expand from three to approximately 40 sites.

Massachusetts becomes the fourth East Coast state in which NRI supplies finger imaging systems. The Commonwealth joins the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, which are already experiencing significant savings of state funds due to the decrease in fraudulent benefit claims. Costs savings typically pay for the systems within a short period of time.

"NRI is pleased to work in partnership with Lau Technologies to demonstrate the ease and cost effectiveness of its finger imaging systems in supporting Massachusetts' goal to increase the integrity of its public assistance programs," said Todd D. Lowe, vice president for Identification Systems and Services at NRI.

The enrollment process includes obtaining the applicant's color digitized facial image, digitized signature, and demographic data which are encoded on a card supplied by Lau's card production process. Additionally, at the pilot sites, a finger scanner will digitally capture the images of the applicant's index fingers. The digital images will be transferred to a finger image matching system provided by NRI which will compare the images against the finger image database of Transitional Assistance recipients in the pilot offices.

NRI currently provides turn-key electronic personal identification systems utilizing finger imaging technology to the State of Connecticut, the State of New Jersey, and to Suffolk and Nassau Counties in the State of New York.

The National Registry Inc. based in St. Petersburg, FL, provides electronic products, systems, and services utilizing finger-imaging technology to ensure the privacy, integrity, and confidentiality of business and personal information. Further information is available through the NRI home page on the World Wide Web: http://www.nrid.com.
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/CONTACT: Laura Overstreet of the National Registry, 703-503-9070/

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CO: National Registry, Inc. ST: Florida, Massachusetts IN: CPR SU: CON

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