ESRI and Hart InterCivic to Offer GIS-Based Election Management Solutions

                                Geospatially Enhanced Applications Will Improve Accuracy, Efficiency, and Transparency of Elections

Redlands, California - November 19, 2007- ESRI and Hart InterCivic, Inc., have expanded their relationship to develop and offer geographic information system (GIS) solutions to the election community. This is the first time GIS-enabled election management solutions will be commercially available and marks a significant opportunity for state and local governments to enhance election processes. The initial offerings will focus on real-time election results and polling place locator applications.

"As a supplier of state and local government software and solutions, Hart InterCivic recognizes the majority of transactions conducted by our customers contain a spatial element," says Neil McClure, chief technology officer, Hart InterCivic. "Incorporating GIS technology into election management will increase efficiency and improve data accuracy. It also offers new levels of transparency for the management of elections, which will improve voter confidence."

ESRI and Hart InterCivic are working to develop applications for state and local governments based on ESRI ArcGIS technology. Hart InterCivic will incorporate GIS-based tools into applications that will enhance operations such as the routing of voting equipment and supplies as well as polling place location and ballot style searches. Additionally, GIS-enabled applications will provide a geographic real-time view of election-night results.

"ESRI's GIS technology has been supporting election management for years," says Christopher Thomas, Government Industry Solutions manager, ESRI. "We recognize Hart InterCivic's commitment to the election industry and thorough knowledge of the entire elections process. We are excited to work with Hart to develop robust, GIS-based applications that will improve elections for government officials, staff, and voters."

For more information, visit www.hartintercivic.com/ElectionMaps.

About Hart InterCivic

Hart InterCivic is a leading national technology and services provider for state and local government election and GIS-integrated database solutions. Hart's product offerings include eSlate electronic voting equipment and the Hart Vantage geocontent product suite. Nearly a century ago, Hart InterCivic started as a company focused on printing forms for local governments in Texas. The company has evolved into a national leader in software and service solutions for the public sector. Hart's business values are centered on heritage, integrity, reliability, and personalized customer service. A recipient of the Samaritan Center Ethics in Business Award, Hart InterCivic is a privately held corporation based in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.hartintercivic.com.

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.

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