CompUSA to sell the IRISPen II Executive in its Retail Stores across the United States


IRIS, Inc., the leader in OCR technology, announces new outlet for its products.

Embargo date: 10/28/02
Boca Raton, October 28th, 2002

CompUSA to sell the IRISPen II Executive in its Retail Stores across the United States

Boca Raton, October 28th, 2002 ¨C I.R.I.S. Group, a publicly traded company (Euronext: IRI), market leader in Automatic Document Recognition (ADR), Electronic Document Management (EDM), Archiving and Storage and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) announces today that CompUSA, the largest computer superstore retailer in the United States, will sell the IRISPen II Executive Text Recognition Pen Scanner for Windows and Mac OS platforms. The IRISPen II Executive will be available at all United States CompUSA stores end of October 2002, as well as through the CompUSA website and at the CompUSA Cozones Stores.

"We are delighted to start this relationship with CompUSA and proud to have such a prestigious partner in the United States market" comments Jean-Marc Fontaine, North American Business Development Manager for I.R.I.S. ?The IRISPen II Executive is a very powerful text recognition solution. The level of sophistication is definitely up to par with consumers' expectations in North America. I am confident that this new relationship with CompUSA will be long, lasting and profitable".

The IRISPen II Executive is the market's fastest and most accurate Text Recognition pen scanner. It allows the user to capture text, numbers, hand printed numbers and bar codes and to send them directly and instantly into ANY Windows or Mac OS application (such as word processors, e-mail software, on-line database, spreadsheets, accounting software etc.).

The IRISPen II is an indispensable productivity tool for all the users that retype regularly paper information into their computers and that are looking for time-saving solutions. It will make the day-to-day life of a very large public easier.

IRISPen II Benefits

-    Faster than manual retyping
-    Save time when retyping paper information
-    Direct and instant data entry into any Windows/Mac OS application
-    Easy to use, the end-user just needs to scan the information he wants into his favorite application

IRISPen II Features

-    Recognizes up to 56 languages
-    Recognizes up to 1.000 characters per second
-    Reads wavy and distorted characters
-    Reads text, numbers, handwritten numbers and bar codes
-    Reads 6 to 22 points characters size fonts
-    Programmable button on the pen

About CompUSA

CompUSA's mission is to market goods and services that help customers use and manage information to improve the quality of personal and organizational life. CompUSA strives to provide the best value in all of the businesses it operates.

CompUSA Inc., America's Largest Computer Superstore retailer, is the nation's leading retailer and reseller of personal computer-related products and services. Founded in 1984, it now operates approximately 224 Superstores in 84 major metropolitan markets across the United States that serve retail, corporate, government and education customers and include technical service departments. Many of the stores include classroom training facilities. CompUSA also offers its own build-to-order personal computer series, the CompUSA PC(TM).

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About I.R.I.S.

Image Recognition Integrated Systems (I.R.I.S.), a Belgian company founded in 1987 and listed on Euronext Brussels (IRI), is a leader on the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) market, the Automatic Document Reading (ADR) and the Electronic Document Management markets.

The I.R.I.S.' activities are organized in two major areas:

"Office Products & Technologies"

I.R.I.S. develops and markets worldwide a complete range of OCR applications for home and office users.

Its well-known products are:

ˇ¤    IRISPen II: a pen scanner that allows text and figures capture in any application at the stroke of a hand. The pen scanner is available in the Standard version (reads text and figures) and Executive version (reads text, figures, hand printed numbers, barcodes and includes a text-to-speech module).
ˇ¤    Readiris Pro: an OCR package for flatbed scanners, "all-in-one" devices and digital cameras. Readiris Pro recognizes color documents in up to 93 different languages, sends the recognition results directly to Word or Excel, saves the OCR results in the best known formats including HTML, and supports PDF format. To date, more than 8 million copies have been sold. Readiris Pro has been selected by Hewlett-Packard, Agfa and Compaq, Panasonic, etc.
ˇ¤    IRIS Business Card Reader and Cardiris: a complete hardware and software solution to scan, index and recognize business cards. Your contacts are easily exported to your PDA's or contact database with a single click export to Outlook or the export options of Cardiris.

"Professional Systems"

I.R.I.S. also offers solutions for the professional user to de-materialize paper documents, share and distribute the documents over the Intranet/Extranet/Internet and archive and store the electronic documents.

The main solutions are:

ˇ¤    Automatic Document Reading (ADR) and Intelligent Document Recognition (IDR): document capture of forms (ADR) and non-structured documents (IDR) in paper or electronic formats.
ˇ¤    Electronic Document Management (EDM): organizing, indexing, querying and sharing of electronic documents.
ˇ¤    Knowledge Management: high-level consulting services to organize, preserve and optimally use the collective knowledge present in a company.
ˇ¤    The implementation of Enterprise Information Portals: development and implementation of integrated portals based on I.R.I.S. DocShare for professional associations and large-scale companies.
ˇ¤    Archiving and Data storage: design, architecture and installation of storage, archiving and electronic data security solutions.

For more information on our company, our solutions or our products, visit the I.R.I.S. website at

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