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ORLANDO, Fla. (March 13, 2006) – Ascenda Inc., an Orlando-based technology company and a client of the University of Central Florida Technology Incubator, has developed free-standing interactive Customer Center Kiosks that will allow drivers to tell Central Florida transportation officials their thoughts on expressway expansions, system improvements, and customer service.

Gaidi Hartage, founder and chief executive officer of Ascenda, stated he recently presented the interactive kiosks to the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority Board. The first two kiosks will be deployed at the Expressway Authority’s East Service Center on Goldenrod Road and the West Service Center on Colonial Drive for customer feedback via touch screen polling.

Future plans may include additional kiosks to be deployed in area malls. Ascenda also plans to design a modified version of the kiosk that will allow users to provide feedback via the Expressway Authority Web site as well.

“We have had a great experience working with the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority to design and deploy the Customer Center Kiosk,” Hartage said. “We look forward to the opportunity to develop additional kiosk applications for them and make it easier for local residents to interact with the Authority.”

“The interactive kiosks will enable us to obtain real-time feedback from our customers,” stated Bryan Douglas, Manager of Communication and Marketing for the Expressway Authority. “As with any business, it has always been a priority of the Expressway Authority to understand what our customer’s need and want so we can better serve them. With these kiosks, we have another direct link with customers.”

Last year, Ascenda developed Web-based kiosk systems and software for use by LYNX Transportation and the Orange County History Center.

For more information, contact:
Gaidi Hartage, Chief Operating Officer, Ascenda, Inc. 407-841-7804
Tom O’Neal or Carol Ann Dykes, UCF Technology Incubator, 407-882-0202
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, LV Communications Inc. 407-644-4142

About Ascenda
Ascenda Inc. delivers innovative real-time solutions for marketing, sales, production lines and customer service. Using Web-based technology, Ascenda develops unique interactive guest transaction centers for hotel and restaurant lobbies and entertainment venues. For more information, visit ascendainc.com.

About the UCF Technology Incubator
Since its founding in 1999, the UCF Technology Incubator has helped more than 80 emerging technology companies create over $175 million in revenue and more than 630 new jobs with an average salary of $59,000. As a result of this success, the UCF Technology Incubator was named the 2004 Technology Incubator of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association. Headquartered in Research Park near the University, the Incubator is a true collaboration in economic development between UCF, Orange County, the City of Orlando, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. For more information, please visit incubator.ucf.edu.

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