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Fresno International Uses Viisage Technology To Become The First U.S. Airport To Deploy Face Recognition Security

LITTLETON, MA, Oct. 30, 2001 - Viisage Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: VISG), the leader in face-recognition technology and identification systems and solutions that improve security and conveniently protect personal privacy, announced today that it has teamed with Pelco, the world's largest manufacturer of video security systems, to implement the first use of face-recognition technology at a U.S. airport. The system, jointly developed by Viisage and Pelco, is a result of weeks of dedicated work on a project code named "Twenty-four/Seven", which required around-the-clock effort applied by both teams.

The system combines Pelco's video surveillance expertise with Viisage's leadership face-recognition technology and is designed to alert FYI's Airport Public Safety officers whenever an individual matching the appearance of a known terrorist suspect enters the airport's security checkpoint. Anyone recognized by the system would undergo further investigative processes by public safety officers. The system became successfully operational at Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Friday, October 26th. Mayor Alan Autry approved the installation of the system stating, "This is a revolutionary advancement in public safety and it's a system every airport should have. The technology we now have in place will help prevent a repeat of the tragedies of September 11th." David McDonald, Pelco president said, "The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have provided us with photos of terrorist suspects, which we've digitized and enhanced. The accuracy of this facial recognition system means that there's another set of highly-trained eyes on the lookout all the time.

Viisage's FaceFINDER™ face-recognition technology has been customized and integrated into Pelco's PelcoMATCH(tm) system, which includes high performance proprietary cameras, powerful high-speed computers and attractive camera pedestals. This system can be utilized in nearly any high security application, such as ports of entry, office building and sporting and entertainment facilities. Tom Colatosti, Viisage president and CEO, commenting on the Fresno Airport implementation and on the Pelco relationship said, "Pelco is known worldwide for its leadership technology and its commitment to quality, value and service to its customers. It has been exciting to work around the clock with the Pelco team to provide FYI Airport with the nation's first use of a new generation of tools and technologies to protect the flying public and the country's security." Viisage's FaceFINDER™, face recognition application has been recognized for its real-time processing speed capable of searching one million images in a second. FaceFINDER™ is the industry's most widely implemented surveillance and identification system. It is installed in more than 100 casinos worldwide and achieved international attention for its successful use at this year's Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa.

Viisage Technology is the world leader in biometric face-recognition technology and identification systems and solutions that enhance consumer convenience, improve security and protect personal privacy. Originally developed at MIT, Viisage's patented, accurate, non-intrusive and cost-effective face-recognition technology is widely acknowledged for its unmatched performance including speed in real-time applications, scalability for managing large image databases, and systems integration for complete customer solutions. Viisage provides a full family of face recognition products. FaceEXPLORER™ is a powerful and scalable image retrieval and analysis database product, used to combat identity fraud - it is implemented in the world's largest face recognition system with more than eight million enrolled images FaceFINDER™ acclaimed for its processing speed, is the industry's most widely implemented surveillance and identification system - it is installed in more than 100 casinos worldwide and has been deployed to improve security at premier sporting events. FaceNET™ provides secure authentication for PC, Internet and e-commerce connections. FacePIN™ offers consumers convenient and private verification for point-of-sale transactions such as ATMs. FacePASS™ is a practical security solution for keyless entry to secure facilities, such as offices, dormitories and government facilities. FaceTOOLS™ is a leadership Software Developers Kit that enables application providers the ability to develop and customize unique customer and market applications. Additionally, Viisage's systems annually deliver, through 1,500 U.S. systems in 1,200 locations in 15 states, more than 25 million high-quality and high-security digital-identification documents for government agencies responsible for issuing drivers' licenses, social services cards and law enforcement credentials.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements in this document and those made from time to time by the Company through its senior management are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements concerning future plans or results are necessarily only estimates and actual results could differ materially from expectations. Certain factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, among other things, potential fluctuations in quarterly results, the size and timing of award and performance on contracts, dependence on large contracts and a limited number of customers, lengthy sales and implementation cycles, changes in management estimates incident to accounting for contracts, availability and cost of key components, market acceptance of new or enhanced products and services, proprietary technology and changing competitive conditions, system performance, management of growth, dependence on key personnel, ability to obtain project financing, general economic and political conditions and other factors affecting spending by customers and other risks, uncertainties and factors including those described from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, the company's Form 10K for the year ending December 31, 2000 and its quarterly reports on Form 10Q.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.