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Dublin City council selects IONA Orbix for intelligent traffic management

DUBLIN, Ireland & WALTHAM, Mass - June 15, 2004 - IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high-performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, today announced that Dublin City Council has selected IONA Orbix tm) as the integration technology for a new intelligent traffic management system.

The industry's best selling and most widely deployed CORBA-based distributed computing platform, Orbix will provide Dublin City Council with a flexible, service-oriented integration backbone. "We evaluated a number of integration solutions," said Brendan O'Brien, Head of Technical Services, Dublin City Council. "Orbix was a clear leader, it met all our requirements for an enterprise compliant platform, excellent notification functionality and feature-rich development environment. We're confident that Orbix will provide an integration framework to manage our ongoing traffic management needs."

Orbix is providing an extendable platform to interface with Dublin City Council's existing traffic management system, SCATS (Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System), to provide real-time traffic status information to a variety of clients located at central and remote traffic control and monitoring centers. Traffic controllers can therefore respond quickly to changing traffic conditions and ensure a smooth operation of the city's new light rail transit system (LUAS) and efficient flow of traffic at network intersections.

The new system is part of a larger integrated transportation strategy, which is being introduced to improve accessibility to and from the Greater Dublin Area. The strategy involves improvement in the quality and availability of public transport systems to reduce the need for private transport and achieve an overall reduction in traffic congestion. The first phase of a citywide intelligent traffic management system is now in place and ready for deployment when the LUAS comes online in summer 2004.

With wider rollout of the integrated transportation strategy for the Greater Dublin Area in progress, Dublin City Council will be looking to extend this system to incorporate the city's Quality Bus Corridor (QBC) routes and future traffic management requirements.

"Metropolitan traffic management is a very complex problem for municipal IT organizations," said Chris Horn, CEO, IONA Technologies. "Automated traffic control systems have severe real-time requirements that demand that extremely large volumes of data pass efficiently to and from a heterogeneous mix of software and equipment. This is the kind of integration challenge that IONA specializes in: we are uniquely able to solve such complex problems now, while positioning our customers to deal with their future challenges with flexibility and agility."