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Issue #2003 - 27 (October 2003)
(Updated Oct. 22, 2003)

APPLICATION SOLUTIONS & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Digital Dispatch Launches MC 1790 in South East Asia Through a Landmark Agreement with CityCab

Richmond, BC, September 22, 2003 - Digital Dispatch Systems Inc. has introduced its most advanced 
mobile computer, the MC 1790, in the South East Asian taxi market with a landmark contract with CityCab Pte Ltd. of Singapore, part of world's largest cab company, ComfortDelGro Corporation Ltd. This agreement also reaffirms Digital Dispatch's position as the choice for some of the biggest cab companies around the globe.

With a fleet of over 16,000 vehicles, ComfortDelGro owns multiple taxi fleets including CityCab, which alone comprises of over 10,000 drivers operating a fleet of over 5000 vehicles. An undisputed leader in adopting innovative products and services, CityCab was the first to introduce luxury taxi services, credit traveling and computerized payment system. It was also the first to launch a multi-million dollar satellite-based computerized taxi dispatch system called CityNet.

Under this initial agreement, CityCab will purchase 1000 MC 1790s with radio and supporting PathFinder software enhancements. PathFinder is one of the most versatile dispatching software in the market today and CityCab has been using it since 1998. The MC 1790 is Digital Dispatch's most advanced mobile computer with built-in GPS receiver, color touch screen display and internal magnetic card reader.

"The additional mobile data terminals will allow us to meet the growing booking demand for our taxis. The new software enhancements will improve our operation, enhancing our service to our customers," said Edwin Yeo, General Manager, Customer Contact Centre of CityCab.

"With CityCab's decision to use the MC 1790, we are now able to bring this advanced mobile computer to the Asian market," said Dale Mortimer, Vice President of Marketing for Digital Dispatch. "It has been just over two years since we launched our series MC 1700 mobile data terminals and we have had tremendous success since then. This product was first adopted by very large European taxi operators like Taxi Stockholm and Taxis G7 of Paris. They alone account for over 5000 units," he continued, "and in the last 12 months, we have begun deploying the MC 1790s to North American taxi fleets. Yellow Transportation Group of Baltimore and LA Taxi Co-Op are two North American industry leaders who chose the MC 1790. It has also entered other vertical markets in North America including paratransit, ambulance and roadside assistance services. We hope that the MC 1790 will be equally popular in Asia," Mr. Mortimer said.

About CityCab Pte Ltd.
Based in Singapore, CityCab Pte Ltd is a member of the ComfortDelGro Corporation Ltd. CityCab currently has about 10,000 drivers operating a fleet of over 5,000 vehicles. CityCab has always set new benchmarks for the taxi industry through its innovative products and services. To raise service standards, it launched Singapore's first Internet training platform for taxi drivers in 2000.

About Digital Dispatch Systems Inc.
Digital Dispatch is a provider of turnkey wireless mobile data solutions focusing on real-time dispatching, vehicle location and tracking, and computerized routing and scheduling. Digital Dispatch is currently a worldwide leader in providing wireless mobile data solutions for the taxi market and also provides solutions for the transit/paratransit, courier, roadside assistance, airport shuttle, and vehicle location and tracking markets. 

For more information: http://www.digital-dispatch.com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Singapore has always led the world in taxi automation. It is quite befitting for one of the largest taxi companies to commit to DDS - a vendor that has adopted symbol's business model of engineering a specialized device and providing a turn-key solution with hardware, software and integration. We encourage vendors to follow this model to make the job of introducing mobile automation easier for customers.

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