IPICO signs China EVI joint venture

    BURLINGTON, ON, April 29 /CNW/ - IPICO Inc. (TSX-V: RFD) is pleased to
announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement with CATS LUHAI
(Beijing) Investment Co., Ltd. (CATS LUHAI) to form a joint venture company in
the People's Republic of China for the purpose of the implementation and
management of an advanced integrated nation-wide electronic (RFID) motor
vehicle identification and registration, route identification and toll
collection program throughout China.
    CATS LUHAI is a subsidiary of the China Academy of Transportation
Sciences (CATS), an agency of the Chinese national Ministry of Transport with
general responsibility for transportation planning, transportation finance,
traffic information, traffic and security, environmental protection,
transportation standards and measurement, transportation of new technologies,
new materials development and application of modern scientific research in the
fields of logistics.
    This joint venture agreement flows from the final selection by CATS of
IPICO's UHF RFID Electronic Vehicle Identification (EVI) technology following
more than three years of extensive technical evaluation and pilot testing by
CATS of the products of IPICO and other competitors. China has an extensive
network of over 63,000 kilometers of national, provincial and local highways,
most of which are already subject to an older patchwork of manual toll
collection concessions. There are at present over 56 million motor vehicles in
China. The implementation of IPICO's automated RFID tolling solution over this
vast number of motor vehicles and network of roadways is not only expected to
achieve very significant cost and revenue efficiencies, it is hoped that the
implementation of advanced vehicle identification and routing solutions will
significantly reduce the extremely high levels of traffic congestion and
resulting pollution experienced in many densely populated areas of the
    IPICO expects that the rollout of the joint venture solutions will
commence this quarter and will proceed province by province throughout China
over the next four to five years.
    Gord Westwater, President and CEO of IPICO, noted that "It has been a
very long and interesting road working with CATS and forging the necessary
relationships with the many remarkable individuals involved in this project.
We could not be more pleased that CATS has finally validated and agreed to
adopt IPICO's technology as its own long term solution to that country's
expansive motor vehicle RFID requirements. We fully expect that this
relationship will accelerate and underpin IPICO's global EVI success in this
important RFID sector for many years to come."

    ABOUT IPICO Inc.: IPICO Inc. is an RFID solution supplier with operations
in Canada, USA, South Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. IPICO produces smart
labels and tags based on the IP-X communication protocol. IPICO's low
interference readers are designed to meet regulatory requirements in many
major markets, and allow for multi-reader rollout in close proximity. IPICO's
low cost RFID products excel at long read range, fast multi-read
anti-collision and high thru-beam read-speeds of dynamic tag populations.
These products are used to optimize the management of items, people, animals
and processes within the logistic supply chain and other value chains. For
further information, go to www.ipico.com.

    This news release contains certain forward-looking statements pertaining
to future anticipated projected plans, performance and developments, as well
as other statements relating to future operations and results, including,
without limitation, statements as to sales forecasts and required minimum
future revenues. Any statements in this news release that are not statements
of historical fact may be considered to be forward-looking statements. Written
words such as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate",
"intends", "goal", "objective", "seek", "attempt", "suggest" or variations of
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differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements and
are based on current expectations that involve substantial risks and
uncertainties, including but not limited to the failure to meet market growth,
order volume, delivery commitment or minimum revenue expectations, political
intervention, and those other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to
time in IPICO's periodic reports filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).


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For further information:

For further information: Gordon Westwater, President & CEO, IPICO Inc.,
Tel: (905) 631-6310, Email: gordon.westwater@ipico.com; Jiann Hsieh, Vice
President, IPICO North Asia, Tel. +86-13585856108, Email:

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