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HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 29, 2001

SER Solutions, Inc., a worldwide provider of knowledge-enabled software, today announced that it has been awarded a professional services contract for approximately $1 million by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), a division of NOAA.

This marks the third contract with a combined value of over $7 million awarded to the company.

NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world. SER will provide digital information for NOAA's online library, which will assist scientists and citizens with improved access to over 100 sets of weather data in the national climate database.

SER has been tasked to digitize the data from the US Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) and meteorological data summary collections from the NOAA central library. The company will enhance NOAA's classification and conversion of massive amounts of weather data by providing data conversion solutions for the Climate Database Modernization Program.

"The core of our business philosophy is designing ways for people to easily extract knowledge to make faster, more informed decisions without manually searching through massive amounts of information," said Carl Mergele, CEO, SER. "Within the next three years, NCDC's climate data is expected to jump from 150 terabytes to approximately 1.5 petabytes a year. To prepare for this exponential increase in new weather data, SER is pleased to have the opportunity to bring its technology and services to NCDC."

Today, NCDC's climate data includes more than 175 million documents, 660 million feet of microfilm, 1 million microfiche, and over 1 petabyte of digital data.

"The Climate Database Modernization Program is essential to NCDC's mission of promoting global environmental stewardship. SER has been awarded this contract based on a record of providing quality products that meet NCDC budgets and standards," said Ken Davidson, Deputy Director, NCDC. "We are dedicated to selecting the best technologies and services to enhance the public's access to the world's largest active archive of climate data."

NOAA manages global databases for meteorology, oceanography, solid earth geophysics, and solar terrestrial sciences. Within NOAA, NCDC is the world's largest active archive of weather data.

About SER

SER Solutions, Inc., headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, is leading the world into The Knowledge Age. The company's learning core technology, SERbrainware(TM), analyzes, understands, and responds to information with human-like intelligence, empowering people and businesses with the knowledge required to make fast and informed decisions.

This unique, invented technology forms the foundation for SER's award-winning knowledge-enabled software suite, including SERdistiller(TM), SERiMail(TM), and SERprocess(TM). Over 5,000 organizations worldwide use SER's software to maximize workplace productivity, improve business efficiency, and enhance customer service.

Additional information on SER is available at:

About NCDC

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), located in Asheville, North Carolina, is the world's largest active archive of atmospheric and climate data. NCDC archives data obtained by the National Weather Service, military services, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Coast Guard, as well as data from voluntary cooperative observers.

NCDC also collects data from around the globe and has more than 150 years of data on hand. The Center provides historical perspectives on climate that are vital to studies on global climate change, the greenhouse effect, and other environmental issues. The Center stores information essential to industry, science, agriculture, hydrology, transportation, recreation, and engineering.

More information about NCDC is available on their web site at:

SERis a registered trademark and SERbrainware, SERdistiller, SERiMail and SERprocess are trademarks of SER Systems, AG.
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