Scanda Groups is incorporated to Smartmatic's channels

Mexico City, April 27, 2003.- Smartmatic, the device-networking solutions provider, formalized a marketing agreement with the Mexican company Inster, specialized in voice, data and image convergence networks.

The agreement was signed in Mexico by Jorge Varela, representing the Scanda Group, a group of companies that includes Inster, and Edgar Zorrilla VP of Sales, representing Smartmatic.

"It is an important step to consolidate our solutions for physical security and automation of facilities in the country. This was done after Santander-Serfin Bank acquired the AVTM module of SmartBank", states Zorrilla.

"The agreement with Scanda also includes the marketing of SmartBank, our solution for bank physical security, and USP, our unified security platform, both based on the device-networking Smartmatic Platform", says the executive.

Scanda Group is formed by several Mexican companies with more than 15 years of experience in information technologies. "Its knowledge of the Mexican market fluctuations, as well as the movements of the Mexican technology sector, make of this alliance the corner stone of the strategy to successfully penetrate the Mexican market", he concludes.

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.