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VERTEX INDUSTRIES BEGINS SHIPPING SYSTEMS FOR CONTROL AND MONITORING OF STUDENT ENTRANCE TO NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOLS

 VERTEX INDUSTRIES BEGINS SHIPPING SYSTEMS FOR CONTROL AND MONITORING
 OF STUDENT ENTRANCE TO NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOLS
 CLIFTON, N.J., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Vertex Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: VETX) reported today that it had begun shipping the next phase of its access control/attendance systems to 29 New York City high schools. Shipments will continue over the next 12 weeks. The innovative security technology is designed to address the violence that is often perpetrated against students by outsiders who gain unauthorized entry to the city's high schools, as well as to provide daily records of attendance.
 With the completion of the shipment of the current 29 systems, 45 New York City high schools will have installed the Vertex equipment, 16 having been installed in an initial test of the system.
 In making the announcement, James Q. Maloy, president, said that the order, valued in the high six figures, would increase Vertex sales significantly and increase the company's profitability in this, the first, quarter and in the second quarter compared the same quarters a year ago. In addition, when New York City placed the order, it also purchased a license for the software upon which the system operates for the remainder of the 115 city high schools.
 The Vertex access control/attendance system consists of computer terminals and bar code technology and permits school security personnel to check bar coded ID cards of all students and staff at the entrance to a school. It has the capacity to handle 5,000 entrants in 10 minutes. The system consists of two standard computers to collect data, generate reports and labels, store data and communicate with a school's host computer and two printers for labels and reports. It has separate terminals for student entry and staff entry and a terminal for security personnel to query the data of a specific individual.
 The entry and monitor devices are connected through the building's AC power lines to the school's host computer. This feature, using the relatively new Power Line Communications technology, dispenses with costly installation of direct wiring between the monitors and the host computer. It also allows for flexibility in the use of the system because the terminals can be unplugged from the AC socket in one location and moved to another, such as the library, lunch room, or gymnasium. The system also provides camera, blank badges, die cutter and laminator for creating the bar coded badges themselves.
 The average system in the New York high schools has from 8 to 10 terminals, however up to 32 terminals can be linked to the host computer. The high schools range in enrollment from 1,500 students to 4,000 students.
 The system operates by inserting a student's bar coded ID card in a terminal. The card is "captured" and released only after the computer which holds the resident student file validates it. The date, time and location are entered into the student file and the card is released from the reading slot. If the card is invalid, because it was stolen, lost, has already been used that day, or belongs to an expelled or suspended student, it remains "captured" by the card reader and a red warning light alerts a security officer. Valid students can be entered manually if necessary. The system can deliver simple messages to individual students via the entry terminal display.
 Vertex Industries is a hardware and software manufacturer providing an assortment of hardware that includes, in addition to its time and attendance terminals, single and multi-function terminals, portable terminals, fixed scanners for conveyors, printers, keyboard wedges and other data collection devices. Its Bridge Software System is an applications program that operates under UNIX, MS-DOS or OS/400 on IBM's AS/400. Bridge is the operating system used by Vertex's access control/attendance technology.
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 /CONTACT: James Q. Maloy, president of Vertex Industries, Inc., 201-777-3500, or John Swanson of Swanson Communications, Inc., 212-683-4890, for Vertex Industries/
 (VETX) CO: Vertex Industries, Inc. ST: New Jersey IN: CPR SU:


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