MDA to provide top US property insurance carrier with validated property information

    RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that one of the top ten U.S. homeowners insurance carriers has entered into an
agreement with MDA subsidiary Marshall Swift / Boeckh (MSB), to integrate
MSB's InterChange(TM) database into its policy quoting and issuance system for
improved point-of-sale processing. The agreement provides a per-transaction
fee to MDA for each record matched to the client's specific application
    InterChange draws on MDA's combined suite of property information sources
in the U.S. The first release of InterChange involved batch processing of
records matched to insurance books of property business. This latest release
now puts the data, through web access, in the hands of users at the time
insurance is first written. Through proprietary screening, scoring, and
amalgamation techniques, aggregated single-family home characteristics data is
validated for use by property insurers. Data validation allows homeowners
insurers to more accurately determine insurable values and premiums, which
improves and streamlines the acquisition of new home insurance policies.
    "InterChange solves an important data collection problem for property
insurers and expands the company's overall strategy to be the center of all
property insurance transactions," stated Peter Wells, President of MDA
subsidiary MSB, "and we are very pleased to be providing this top homeowners
insurance carrier with the data needed to complete better replacement cost

    About MDA

    MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast
amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision
making and operational performance of business and government organizations
    Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential,
MDA delivers a broad spectrum of information solutions, ranging from complex
operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic
information products.
    MDA employs more than 3,000 people in locations across the United States,
the United Kingdom, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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    Forward-Looking Statements
    This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which
reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. with
respect to future events and financial performance. Any such forward-looking
statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and MDA's actual results of
operations could differ materially from historical results or current
expectations. Additional information on these and other potential factors that
could affect MDA's financial results are detailed in documents filed from time
to time with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

    The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form
    or content of this release.

For further information:

For further information: Wendy Keyzer, MDA External Relations, (604)

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