Smartmatic announces the launching of HomeWatch 1.0

Caracas, January 31, 2002.- Smartmatic officially announced the launching of HomeWatch, the most advanced, innovative and affordable residential security solution now available in the market.

"HomeWatch provides benefits by creating added value services based on the interconnection of devices, and offering a ready to use solution to the mass market; it is available for any Internet or telecommunications service provider, so they can offer it to its clients", said Paul Babic, Product and Marketing Manager of Smartmatic, during the official presentation.

HomeWatch stands out because it allows final users to have immediate access to the security of their homes, it is easy to install, and is available at a very low cost.

He states that: "The launching of HomeWatch is the first step to put device-networking technologies in the hands of end users. The structuring of intelligent device networks in homes and offices is the materialization of a vision that goes even further; it represents a world where everything will be connected".

According to Alfredo Anzola, VP of Business Development of Smartmatic, "this launch represents for us the opening of mass markets, through connection services providers. We have already made contacts with Internet and telecommunications operators in the United States, Europe and Latin America, which have shown interest in this product".

Says Anzola: "HomeWatch is a residential security solution with high strategic and commercial value, totally oriented to mass markets. It is designed for a fast and easy implementation, allowing the creation of new added value services for the end users of any ISP, and with a minimum investment".

About HomeWatch

Internet-based, HomeWatch puts in the hands of end users the latest technology for the surveillance of their homes, offices, businesses, or any type of facility, at any time, and from anywhere in the world.

HomeWatch users watch real time images and videos of what is happening in their properties, and if they desire, they can have recorded summaries of what has happened in them. HomeWatch is backed by the latest electronic security technologies, and guarantees privacy and total security to its users.

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.