SOURCE: BlueBear Networks

January 31, 2006 08:30 ET

BlueBear Networks International Licenses Technology Into Secure Documentation Market

OTTAWA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 31, 2006 -- BlueBear Networks International (OTC: BLBR), a leader in face recognition solutions for Law Enforcement, today announced that it has entered into an International Licensing Agreement with CIT Technologies Group, a pioneer in high performance digital security printing systems.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a UN agency, agreed in July 2005 that all 188 member countries must start issuing machine readable biometrically enabled e-Passports. The ICAO standard specifies face recognition as the globally interoperable biometric for identity verification in travel documents. Thus e-passports will contain digitized photographic images of the faces of their bearers. It is estimated that 240,000,000 e-passports will be issued worldwide by 2008.

Only One Passport Per Citizen

Licensing the BlueBear technology will allow CIT Technologies to integrate it into its Secure Documentation Issuing System (SDIS) which is being implemented around the world in order to satisfy the growing need for secure e-documents.

"While BlueBear's technology is second to none," said Abraham Adizes, CEO of CIT Technologies, "its facial identification system really helps to streamline the operational and security challenges of producing highly sensitive documents at facilities within a country and ensuring that duplicate documents are not issued."

Expanding Markets

In addition to passports, the CIT Technologies printing system also produces secure driver license cards. In response to the threat of terrorism and the growing problem of identity theft, many countries, including the United States, are mandating that all jurisdictions within their borders must produce secure driver licenses that include biometric information, such as 3D facial images.

With this agreement, BlueBear Networks significantly expands the market potential of its technology beyond its focus on law enforcement, where BlueBear's Integrated Digital Law Enforcement (IDLE) system is being used.

About BlueBear Networks International Inc

BlueBear Networks International, Inc. (OTC: BLBR) is a Nevada-registered company based in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. BBNI develops and markets the world's first system that uses biometrics and text records to securely and simultaneously search and share biometric and records information among linked police and integrated justice databases. BBNI's system responds to worldwide police and government requirements for the timely and effective information search and sharing in homeland security and law enforcement. The company has established strong strategic relationships with several large manufacturers, software and consulting firms. For more information, visit

About CIT Technologies Group

CIT Technologies Canada Inc. is headquartered in Burlington, ON with offices in Spain and the US. It is a secure document technology company specializing in e-Passport, e-Driver's License, and E-ID deployments. Secugraphics is currently deploying the world's first e-Passport system in Serbia-Montenegro, which is expected to become fully functional in early 2006.

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