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Monday 20 August 2001

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Health Insurance Card for Austria

Austria is to roll-out 8 million health insurance Smart Cards by 2003. In addition to issuing cards to insured persons, the contract involves the supply of 12,000 desktop Smart card terminals, 6,000 mobile terminals and 12,000 Smart cards to doctors.

The contract, Worth £31 million (US $44 million) has been awarded to Smart Card company ORGA and IT services company EDS by the Board of the Austrian Insurance Agencies with the agreement of the Federal Ministry for Social Security and the Generation as well as the Federal Finance Ministry.

Initially, the system will replace Austria's current paper-based insurance cheque system with the aim of speeding up the processing and checking of insurance claims, and reducing paperwork and administration.

The card is being designed as a universal card that can also be used as an electronic signature across a number of government-related applications.


eLOT Partners With Oberthur Gaming Technologies

eLOT and Oberthur Gaming Technologies have agreed to partner and jointly market e-commerce services to Oberthur's lottery clients around the world. Through this agreement, Oberthur's customers will have full access to eLOT's Internet tools; including Web site development services and the ability to access eLOT's ticket sales interface to securely sell lottery tickets over the Internet.

In addition to licensing its instant ticket gaming systems to Oberthur, eLOT has agreed to issue to Oberthur 1.5 million eLOT shares, and compensate Oberthur with eLOT common stock or cash for the successful introduction of any future business.

"By combining our Internet technology and Oberthur's marketing expertise, we will be able to offer lotteries around the world the best Web-based sales and marketing tools and solutions," said eLOT's President and CEO, Edwin McGuinn.


AsiaInfo Billing Software for China Unicom CDMA Network

AsiaInfo Holdings has signed a contract with China Unicom to build a billing system for its new CDMA network. During the initial phase of the project, AsiaInfo will provide integration services and its leading convergent billing software, AICBS (AsiaInfo Convergent Billing System) to eight provincial subsidiaries of China Unicom. Upon completion of the project, the billing system will serve approximately 30% of the customer's national CDMA network capacity.

In February 2001, China Unicom officially announced that it would initiate a CDMA project to build the largest and most advanced CDMA network in the world, in addition to its existing GSM network. This new technology offers a flexible solution for mobile operators in their impending transition toward 3G technology. After the first phase of the project, China Unicom expects to increase its network capacity by 10 million per year.


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