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RVSI Awarded Subcontract from Keane Federal Systems for UID Support for Department of Defense

OMRON Automation - Americas

 NASHUA, N.H., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. (RVSI) (OTC Bulletin Board: RVSI.OB - News) today said its Acuity CiMatrix Division has been awarded a subcontract from Keane Federal Systems to provide support to the Department of Defense for the Unique Identification (UID) Policy. The base year of Keane's contract is valued at approximately $2 million and includes four one-year options with a contract ceiling of $9.4 million. RVSI's subcontract covers a period of performance of one year with options for renewal, and commences immediately.

RVSI's subcontract role is to provide the Department of Defense with the ability to fully assess the impacts of the UID implementation on its Automatic Identification infrastructure and as well ensure that recommended alternatives for upgrading current systems can accommodate full-scale deployment of UID data capture capabilities. Additionally, this contract will support the investigation of industry technologies and practices that are currently emerging in the commercial sector for support of UID data capture.

‘‘As the inventor of Data Matrix (see inset) and the organization with more experience implementing Data-Matrix-based unit level traceability programs than all other companies in the world combined, RVSI is uniquely positioned to assist the Department of Defense in its UID implementation,’‘ said Pat Costa, Chairman and CEO of RVSI. ‘‘We understand the importance and value that Unique Identification will provide to the DoD. Our four-step process, termed MVRC, was developed to simplify the inter-related activities and requirements -- marking, verification, reading and communicating -- of data. Each activity must be assessed not only on its own merits, but in how it complements and affects the other components of traceability.’‘

The Department of Defense announced its Unique Identification Policy in July 2003 and has subsequently made a commitment to implement the use of Data Matrix symbology as the technical baseline for item identification. Under MIL-STD-130L, items procured by the Department of Defense that meet criteria associated with cost, serial management, or status as mission-critical, are required to be permanently marked with a unique identifier using, at a minimum, a Data Matrix 2-D machine readable code.

RVSI Acuity CiMatrix will provide DoD Unique Identification (UID) studies and conduct technology assessments for the Department of Defense Program Management Team via the contract arrangement with KFSI. The execution of this contract will occur on a task order basis as DoD organizations fund the individual tasks contained in the contract.

‘‘The Department of Defense sees UID as a 'transformational technology',’‘ Mr. Costa said. ‘‘We endorse that assessment, and our goal is to facilitate and hasten the implementation of DoD's strategy to track, trace and account for the valuable assets for which it is responsible.’‘

About RVSI

Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. (RVSI) (OTC Bulletin Board: RVSI.OB - News) has the most comprehensive line of Data Matrix readers, verifiers and UID products and services available today. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, with offices worldwide, RVSI is the world leader in vision-based semiconductor inspection and Data Matrix-based unit-level traceability. Using leading-edge technology, RVSI joins vision-enabled process equipment, high- performance optics, lighting, and advanced hardware and software to assure product quality, identify and track parts, control manufacturing processes, and ultimately enhance profits for companies worldwide. Serving the government, semiconductor, electronics, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical and packaging industries, RVSI holds more than 100 patents in a broad range of technologies. 

Forward Looking Statement

Except for the historical information herein, certain matters discussed in this release include forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary significantly based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to: the cooperation of various creditors and the approval of the Bankruptcy Court for certain transactions, the historical cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry, risks in products and technology development, market acceptance of new products and continuing product demand, the impact of competitive products and pricing, changing economic conditions, both here and abroad, timely development and release of new products, strategic suppliers and customers, the effect of the company's accounting policies and other risk factors detailed in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Source: Robotic Vision Systems, Inc.

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