Cestek and Smartmatic align business strategies

Mexico City, November 26, 2002.- Smartmatic, the device-networking solutions provider, and Cestek Dimeyco Sistemas, a provider of technology services, formalized in this city a joint venture for providing services to Santander-Serfin Bank.

The agreement between both companies contemplates the training of Cestek's human resources by Smartmatic. The training will focus on the deployment, support and maintenance of the SmartBank security solution, developed over the device-networking Smarmatic Platform:

After evaluating offers from various companies, like Siemens-Nixdorf, Lenel and Andover Control, Santander-Serfin acquired SmartBank. During the first stage, the unified security solution will be installed in 90 bank offices, starting with its AVTM security and video-surveillance module.

"SmartBank joins in one solution the advanced management of alarm and video-surveillance systems, taking advantage of the bank existing security, network and systems infrastructure. Cestek already provides services to Santander-Serfin and knows the technology, because it has been its supplier for many years ", says Edgar Zorrilla, VP of Sales of Smartmatic.

Gerardo Chagoyan, general director of Cestek signed the agreement. He states: "This is the beginning of a long and fruitful business relation, for gradually automate all of the 1,004 branch-offices of one of the three most important banks in Mexico".

About Smartmatic

Smartmatic is a multinational company that specializes in the design and end-to-end deployment of complex purpose-specific technology solutions. With an unsurpassed technology base, continuous innovation, and quality in processes and results, Smartmatic is organized around three business areas: Electronic voting systems, intelligent and integrated security systems for large enterprises and governments, and advanced solutions for people registration and authentication for a wide range of government applications.

Smartmatic is a privately held company with offices in the US, Mexico, Venezuela, Barbados, Spain, Philippines and Taiwan.  It has more than 200 employees worldwide. Its capacity for innovation and wide range of products and services have earned Smartmatic extensive recognition in the technology community worldwide.