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Lotus Technology Enables Arctic Expedition Team
to Collaborate with Classrooms, Share Experience

IBM, Lotus and MDSI's Connectria Provide Technology Pipeline to Explorers and K-12
for Collaboration and Learning

CHURCHILL, Manitoba, Feb. 20, 2001 -- IBM, Lotus Development Corp. and application service provider (ASP) Connectria have joined forces to provide the Arctic Blast 2001 dog sled expedition with the latest technological advances allowing the team to remotely communicate with teachers and students and collaborate with other classrooms through out North America.

Through the Arctic Blast program, a two-person team will utilize the technology throughout their 2,500-mile trek to the northernmost village in North America. During the expedition, students will be engaged in Lotus Sametime Moderated Chats, developed by Lotus Professional Services, allowing them to have real-time dialogue with the explorers regarding their Arctic experiences. Additionally, 'study circles' using Lotus QuickPlace will create an interactive collaborative environment for students and teachers to communicate and exchange ideas on "hands-on" multi-disciplinary projects. During this four-month adventure, NOMADS Adventure and Education explorers, Paul Pregont and Mille Pregont Porsild, will use IBM ThinkPad computers to access the Lotus Sametime and QuickPlace hosted environment via a satellite Internet connection.

"As showcased through the Arctic Blast program, Lotus QuickPlace and Sametime are designed to meet the needs of any team -- traditional or nontraditional -- by providing adaptable, shared workspaces that compliment existing infrastructure to provide an instant collaboration zone," said Oliver Chow, vice president of corporate strategy and ASP initiatives, Lotus Development Corp. "Whether down the street or around the world -- the portfolio of Lotus' collaborative solutions available through ASPs provide affordable hosted solutions that allow them to quickly collaborate."

Connectria, Lotus Rising Star Beacon Award Winner, developed the infrastructure and is hosting the software through its secure server so participants can remotely track and collaborate with fellow schools and the dog sled team as they make their trip from Churchill, Manitoba, travelling through the new Nunavut Territory of Canada, to Grise Fiord via the Magnetic North Pole. "Connectria developed, engineered and launched this Web site in just weeks," said Richard Truex, vice president of messaging and collaboration, Connectria. "We move fast. I believe organizations will increasingly opt for outsourcing these types of services to managed service providers who have extensive capabilities in problem solving and a proven track record of implementing innovative, collaborative and messaging technologies, such as Lotus Sametime and QuickPlace."

NOMADS Adventure and Education is a Minnesota-based company who use the allure of sled dogs and the magic of arctic travel to promote learning. NOMADS created the content for the Arctic Blast 2001 Web site including a 16-week nationally accredited curriculum package. "By using Lotus Sametime and QuickPlace, we are able to achieve a level of collaboration we had only previously imagined inside of the collaboration zone," said explorer Mille Pregont Porsild, co-founder of NOMADS Adventure & Education. "We hope this voyage encourages other educators to consider how communication and collaboration through technology can revolutionize the educational process."

About NOMADS Adventure and Education

Arctic Blast 2001 is an interactive educational program offering teachers and students the opportunity to learn and collaborate on important topics. The veteran Arctic Blast expedition team, Paul Pregont and Mille Porsild are the founders of NOMADS Adventure & Education Inc. The team is dedicated to developing quality content that enables teachers and students all over the world to become Arctic explorer with the intent to inspire a global exchange of ideas, instill a sense of environmental responsibility, foster cultural understanding, and create adventurous spirits. www.arcticblast.polarhusky.com

About Lotus Development Corp.

Lotus Development Corporation, founded in 1982, is a subsidiary of IBM Corporation. Lotus sets the standard for truly innovative software products and services that reflect the company's unique understanding of the new ways in which individuals and businesses must work together to achieve success. Lotus is redefining the concept of conducting business through practical knowledge management, e-business and other ground-breaking ways of connecting the world's ideas, thinkers, buyers, sellers and communities via the Internet. Lotus markets its products in more than 80 countries worldwide through direct and extensive Business Partner channels. The company also provides numerous professional consulting, support and education services through the Lotus Professional Services organization. www.lotus.com

About Connectria

Connectria is located in St. Louis, and is part of the eBusiness Division of MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc. and the ASP for MDSI's eBusiness applications. Connectria provides clients with the ability to access both commercial software and custom applications via the Internet. Connectria also provides networking needs, and LAN/WAN and Internet connection management. With world-class data center facilities, Connectria provides a reliable network infrastructure and around-the-clock access to mission critical Internet applications. Connectria serves large corporations, service organizations and academic institutions nationwide, including IBM, Deutsche Bank, Union Pacific, PECO Energy, Lotus, A.G. Edwards, American Financial Group, and Seton Hall University. Connectria also offers e-commerce development and network consulting. More information is available at www.connectria.com or by calling Connectria toll-free at 866-353-8188.


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A copy of this release and other company information is also available via fax by dialing 1-800-57-LOTUS within the U.S. and Canada or 201-946-2336 outside the U.S. and Canada.

For More Information

Jennifer Snyder
Lotus Development Corp.
(617) 693-7539

Karen Miller or Anne Ryan
Lois Paul & Partners
(781) 238-5700

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