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National Registry and Key Tronic Expand Relationships with Ingram Micro and Merisel; Distributors Provide Additional Outlets for Marketing NRI's Biometric Solutions

TAMPA, Fla., June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Moving ahead with plans to make their finger-imaging solutions more readily available in the marketplace, The National Registry Inc. (NASDAQ:NRID) and Key Tronic Corporation (NASDAQ:KTCC) today announced that they will fill initial orders for two top distributors within the next 30 days.

NRI and Key Tronic just announced that Ingram Micro and Merisel will distribute their line of biometric solutions throughout the United States. Today's announcement falls on the heels of a similar agreement with Tech Data Corporation, who also will distribute the NRI/Key Tronic finger-imaging technology.

"We are excited about the opportunity to offer this complete range of security solutions to our reseller customers," said Jennifer Proulx, senior director of Product Marketing at Ingram Micro. "We have a long-standing relationship with Key Tronic and are confident that these biometric solutions will further enhance our broad offering of quality products."

As part of Key Tronic's and NRI's expanded distribution strategy, the distributor relationships will enhance and expedite the widespread adoption of finger-imaging technology as a log-on replacement for PINS and passwords.

"Passwords and pins are easily lost, forgotten or compromised and no longer serve as a viable security option to companies with critical data on their computer networks," said John L. Gustafson, NRI president and CEO.

"National Registry and Key Tronic offer the low-cost security solutions that corporations need to operate a secure network in today's environment. And, by expanding our relationships with top-notch distributors we're confident that demand for National Registry's products will experience significant growth in the reseller channel and ultimately be more easily available to the corporate end-user."

NRI's software works in conjunction with Key Tronic's Secure line of finger-image scanners. The combined solution offers a positive identification method that significantly reduces fraud and unauthorized access to corporate intranets and extranets.

The finger-imaging product line also is currently the only biometric solution which Ingram Micro, Merisel, and Tech Data offer to their reseller and retail partners.

Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE:IM) , headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., is the world's largest wholesale distributor of technology products and services, with 1996 sales of more than $12 billion. The company operates in 19 countries and distributes more than 36,000 products to over 100,000 resellers in 120 countries.

Merisel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSEL) is a leader in the distribution of computer hardware and software products. Merisel distributes a full line of 25,000 products and provides extensive services to more than 45,000 resellers throughout the United States and Canada. @Merisel, the company's corporate home page, is located at

Key Tronic Corporation is the world's largest independent producer of keyboards and has long been a leading innovator with state-of-the-art computer input devices. The company, which had sales of $201 million for fiscal year 1996, has approximately 2,860 employees in Spokane, Mexico and Ireland. Information about Key Tronic and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at

The National Registry Inc., based in Tampa, Fla., brings The Power of Positive Identification to business and government. The Company provides cost-effective finger-imaging technology to verify individual identity; to protect business and personal information; and to replace passwords and PINs to safeguard and simplify access to electronic systems and enable new online services for customers. NRI is a leading supplier of finger-imaging personal identification systems for state and local government. Further information is available through NRI's World Wide Web Site:

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Source: National Registry Inc.

CONTACT: Clint Fuller, The National Registry, 813-636-0099 or Anja
Krammer, Key Tronic Corporation, 509-928-8000 or Jacqueline Parker, Copithorne
& Bellows, 770-392-8644

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