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RVSI, Dataline, Inc. to Conduct Coast Guard Data Matrix Flight Test Program

OMRON Automation - Americas

CANTON, MASSACHUSETTS and NORFOLK, VIRGINIA -- Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. (RVSI) (Nasdaq: ROBV) and Dataline, Inc. today said that the Dataline/RVSI team has received an order to proceed with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Phase II Aircraft Flight Critical Part Direct Parts Marking Verification Program.  The program is the final segment in a series of incremental government aviation related test programs designed to expand the use of Data Matrix symbology in the government and commercial aerospace markets.

These related programs are designed to further develop Data Matrix standards; create safer and more robust part identification marking processes;  and implement user-friendly software that will quickly verify mark quality on mobile marking devices.  As  part of these programs, RVSI and NASA are also developing readers designed to locate, capture and decode Data Matrix symbols that are covered with protective coatings or hidden from view for esthetic or security purposes.

The primary purpose of the Phase II Aircraft Flight Critical Part Direct Parts Marking Verification Program will be to test, under actual aircraft operating conditions, new marking and reading technologies stemming from the previous government development projects.  The USCG Aircraft Repair and Supply Center (ARSC) is managing the program and will  provide the parts from the HH-60 Jayhawk medium range recovery helicopters to use as test beds.

During the program, the Dataline/RVSI team, which includes Monode Marking, VNA Systems and the University of Tennessee Space Institute, will apply Data Matrix symbol to safety critical aircraft parts using direct part marking (DPM) processes that will be subjected to real life environments. These include part storage, field installation, flight, service, repair, and overhaul.  Other program activities will include demonstrations of a new stress measurement system that utilizes the Data Matrix symbols as a baseline for stress measurement, mobile marking carts designed to mark parts in the field, symbol enhancement kits to restore contaminated symbols to readability and read-through-paint (RTP) readers to image markings covered with protective finishes.  The program will be completed in less then one year.

About RVSI
Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. (RVSI) (NASDAQ:ROBV) has the most comprehensive line of machine vision systems available today. Headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts, with offices worldwide, RVSI is the world leader in vision-based semiconductor inspection and media transfer equipment. 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 semiconductor, electronics, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical and consumer products industries, RVSI holds approximately 100 patents in a broad range of technologies.

About Dataline
Dataline is an information technology integrator, experienced in delivering end-to-end solutions for enterprise-level customers serving the commercial and government sectors.   Dataline has over 300 skilled professional employees with offices in San Diego CA; Charleston, SC; Tampa FL; Richmond and Northern VA; and corporate offices in Norfolk, VA as well as through various satellite locations nationwide.  Dataline teams travel on a worldwide basis performing engineering, technical, telecommunications, and information technology services to the government and commercial sectors. Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, Dataline is a Small Business Administration 8(a)-certified woman-owned business.  For more information about Dataline call or write DATALINE, Inc., 2551 Eltham Ave. Suite 0, Norfolk, VA 22134; (800) 666-9858; or visit www.data-line.com < http://www.data-line.com> About the USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission, maritime service. Operating within the Department of Transportation during peacetime. The Service falls under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy upon declaration of war or when the President directs. The Coast Guard is a unique federal agency.  In addition to its non-redundant yet compelling national defense role as one of the five U.S. Armed Services, the Coast Guard is charged with a broad scope of regulatory, law-enforcement, humanitarian, and emergency-response duties. The Coast Guard operates in a complex and dangerous maritime environment characterized by rapidly changing security threats at home and abroad.

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 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 most recent registration statement, annual report on Form 10-K and 10K/A, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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For further information contact:

Neal H. Sanders
(781) 302-2439 x2417


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