updated 6/13/2011 8:16:57 AM ET 2011-06-13T12:16:57

WALL, NJ, June 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTCBB:BKYI), a global leader in finger biometric identification technology solutions, today announced the successful deployment of BIO-key's finger biometric software within their Sentillion Vergence (a Microsoft company) solution for West Tennessee Healthcare Systems. BIO-key's biometric software is being implemented to increase the level of security in identifying hospital staff quickly, conveniently and transparently; allowing them to access the hospitals critical systems.

"More than ten years ago, the Mayo Clinic successfully integrated biometrics as part of upgrading their security process. West Tennessee followed in their footsteps and began our own integration. The decision to upgrade to BIO-key was to improve existing performance and to keep pace with future growth as BIO-key is scalable and interoperable. Managing passwords is cumbersome and costly, causing many administrative challenges. Lost, forgotten and stolen passwords all create setbacks. The security and convenience (users don't have to remember to bring their finger and it won't get lost) is ideal for creating a single sign on process for physicians, who typically are required to maintain five or more passwords." stated  Jeff Frieling Vice President, Chief Information Officer, West Tennessee Healthcare.

BIO-key's fingerprint identification software seamlessly integrates with Microsoft's Vergence Single Sign On to accelerate caregivers' access to IT systems and allow them to spend more time interacting with patients.  BIO-key's ability to operate with every major fingerprint reader manufacturer allows West Tennessee Healthcare Systems to determine which fingerprint reader works best in their environment and allowing them to take advantage of advances in hardware technology as well as laptop, tablet and mobile devices.

"We are pleased to have been selected by West Tennessee Healthcare System as it expands our footprint in the healthcare market and validates that BIO-key biometric technology continues to gain traction to insure secure access to electronic patient records,"  stated Mike DePasquale CEO, BIO-key International.  "The healthcare market is an enormous opportunity for our company given the marquis relationships we have built including in this case Microsoft."

About West Tennessee Healthcare Systems

West Tennessee Healthcare Systems is a not-for-profit organization with approximately 5,000 employees the majority of whom staff Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Modern Healthcare Magazine listed West Tennessee Healthcare as one of the top ten largest public, not-for-profit healthcare systems in the U.S. With locations throughout 18 counties in West Tennessee, West Tennessee Healthcare is a family of healthcare services that provides a full compendium of care to its patients.

About BIO-key

BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey, develops and delivers advanced identification solutions to commercial and government enterprises, integrators, and custom application developers. BIO-key's award winning, high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise applications. Our solutions are used in local embedded OEM products as well as some of the world's largest identification deployments to improve security, guarantee identity, and help reduce identity theft.  BIO-key's technology is offered directly or by market leading partners around the world. ( http://www.bio-key.com )

BIO-key Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements contained in this press release may be construed as "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act").  The words "estimate," "project," "intends," "expects," "anticipates," "believes" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Act.  These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected on the basis of these statements.  These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, our history of losses and limited revenue, our ability to develop new products and evolve existing ones, the impact on our business of the recent financial crisis in the global capital markets and negative global economic trends, and our ability to attract and retain key personnel.  For a more complete description of these and other risk factors that may affect the future performance of BIO-key International, Inc., see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.  The Company also undertakes no obligation to disclose any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CONTACT: BIO-key International, Inc.
         Scott Mahnken
         732-359-1113

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