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BIO-key Retains Former Senior FBI Official as Strategic Advisor and Consultant

WALL, N.J., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety solutions, announced today the appointment of Thomas E. Bush, III as Strategic Advisor and Consultant to the company. Tom will play a major role in supporting BIO-key's initiatives to expand its footprint in both the government and commercial markets.


At the time of his retirement from the U.S. Federal government in March 2009, Mr. Bush served as an Assistant Director of the FBI, heading the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. The CJIS Division is the largest division in the FBI and serves as the focal point for a wide range of federal justice initiatives, including the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). IAFIS is the US Government's national fingerprint and criminal history system that provides automated fingerprint search capabilities, latent searching capability, electronic image storage, and electronic exchange of fingerprints and responses, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. IAFIS maintains the largest criminal biometric database in the world, containing the fingerprints for more than 60 million subjects. The fingerprints and corresponding criminal history information are submitted voluntarily by state, local, and Federal law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Bush became an FBI agent in 1979 and served in several FBI field office and special investigation assignments in addition to leadership positions with the agency's CJIS Division and Information Resources Division. "We are very fortunate to have Tom Bush, who brings a unique blend of experience and stature, join our team," said Mike DePasquale, BIO-key's CEO. "His advice and counsel will be instrumental in assisting us as we fine tune our industry-leading fingerprint-based biometric technologies to meet the business requirements of government and commercial customers."

"We're seeing a strong infusion of biometric solutions into the commercial markets including healthcare, finance and general services, mostly a result of the widespread success and expansion of government initiatives that have proven the security and scalability of finger biometric technologies beyond forensics," stated Tom Bush. "I look forward to working with BIO-key, a leader in the biometrics industry, to further increase the adoption and widespread use of biometrics beyond the conventional while reducing fraud and malfeasance and increasing convenience of authentication and security for all consumers."

About BIO-key International, Inc.

BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey, develops and delivers advanced identification solutions and information services to law enforcement departments, public safety agencies, government and private sector customers. BIO-key's mobile wireless technology provides first responders with critical, reliable, real-time data and images from local, state and national databases. BIO-key's high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to reduce identity theft. Over 1,000 police departments in North America use BIO-key solutions, making BIO-key the leading supplier of mobile and wireless solutions for law enforcement. (

BIO-key Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements contained in this press release may be construed as "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). The words "estimate," "project," "intends," "expects," "anticipates," "believes" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Act. These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected on the basis of these statements. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, our history of losses and limited revenue, our ability to develop new products and evolve existing ones, the impact on our business of the recent financial crisis in the global capital markets and negative global economic trends, the implementation of our strategic repositioning, our ability to exploit fully the value of our technology and our strategic partnerships and alliances, our ability to obtain shareholder approval of this transaction and our ability to attract and retain key personnel. For a more complete description of these and other risk factors that may affect the future performance of BIO-key International, Inc., see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company also undertakes no obligation to disclose any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    Bud Yanak
    BIO-key International, Inc.

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