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U.S. ROBOTICS ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP WITH INTERNATIONAL VERIFACT, POINT-OF-SALE SUPPLIER

 Verifact To Market U.S. Robotics Total Control Systems As Part
 Of Complete Point-Of Sale Solution
 SKOKIE, Ill., May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Robotics, Inc. today announced a strategic relationship with International Verifact, Inc., a point-of-sale (POS) terminal supplier. Verifact will resell U.S. Robotics' Total Control Transaction Processing Hub and Enterprise Network Hub as part of a complete point-of-sale solution. Total Control provides an interface between Verifact's POS terminals and central site network equipment. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 "Our relationship with Verifact strengthens our position in the transaction processing market," said Jonathan Zakin, U.S. Robotics executive vice president. "Verifact's position as a major POS supplier increases our presence in this market, and also opens the door for technology exchanges to help us further develop our transaction processing products."
 "Partnering with U.S. Robotics allows us to integrate networking, software and terminal products into a total systems solution for our clients," said George Whitton, International Verifact's chairman and CEO. "I am looking forward to working with U.S. Robotics, as they enhance our position in the North American market and share our commitment to quality, security and standards."
 In a common transaction processing environment, information from a credit or debit card would be entered into a Verifact POS terminal, which would in turn transmit the information over dial-up telephone lines to a central site, dialing in through the Transaction Processing Hub. The Transaction Processing Hub, via its integrated X.25 gateway card, would then transmit the information to a server on a packet- switched network for verification.
 U.S. Robotics' Total Control Transaction Processing Hub reduces verification times for credit card, point-of-sale, and inquiry/response transaction processing applications by interfacing with local exchange carrier T-1 services, such as Feature Group B and D. Its companion product, the Total Control Enterprise Network Hub, enables organizations with remote locations, telecommuters and mobile employees to aggregate their dial traffic onto T-1 lines, route it onto a local area network and provide access to corporate resources.
 Both products use a common architecture, which consists of a 1 Gbps midplane, and circuit and packet-switched buses to minimize processing time. Through downloadable software-defined technology, U.S. Robotics can easily modify and enhance its products to take advantage of new and emerging technologies; additionally, its chassis architecture allows for flexible use of modem and gateway cards, providing custom solutions for data communications applications.
 International Verifact, Inc., (TSE: T.IVI), based in Toronto, is a publicly owned corporation and a market leader in the design, development and marketing of secure terminals and related products for use in electronic funds transfer and point-of-sale applications. These applications include direct debit transactions, credit card authorization and electronic draft capture.
 U.S. Robotics, Inc., (NASDAQ: USRX), is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of data communications systems and products. Both corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations are based in Skokie, Ill. U.S. Robotics owns and operates U.S. Robotics Ltd. in Slough, England, U.S. Robotics, s.a. in Lille, France and P.N.B. s.a., based in Suresnes, France. The company markets its products to business, industry, government agencies and original equipment manufacturers, and to end-users through the personal computer distribution channel.
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 /CONTACT: Lauri Lentz (Product Information Editorial Contact), 708-982-5230, or Karen Novak (Business/Financial Editorial Contact) 708-982-5244, both of U.S. Robotics, Inc./
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