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Smarte Carte Announces New Contracts in Europe and Australia

For Immediate Release

 

Contact: Tamara Phippen
Corporate Communications
Smarte Carte, Inc.
Telephone: 651-429-3614
Fax: 651-426-0927
E-mail: phippent@smartecarte.com

 

Smarte Carte Announces New Contracts in Europe and Australia

St. Paul, MN (April 2006) – With 35 years of experience and operations in 17 countries, Smarte Carte is the world’s most experienced operator of free, deposit and user pay luggage trolley services. Smarte Carte’s focus on maximizing the passenger experience has led to the addition of other passenger service offerings such as electronic lockers, baggage wrap and cell phone charging.

Smarte Carte recently expanded its presence in Italy by introducing its Worldcarte® luggage trolleys and trolley handling equipment at the Milan Linate Airport. The service will be operated with a coin and chain deposit system, mirroring the luggage trolley service Smarte Carte successfully introduced at the Milan Malpensa Airport in 2005. Smarte Carte has been the luggage trolley provider at Malpensa since it opened in 1998.

In March, Smarte Carte signed a contract with the Tivoli Gardens theme park in Copenhagen to install its Smarte Locke® electronic lockers at the three main entrances to the park and the Demon ride area. With more than 3 million visitors annually, Tivoli is one of Europe’s oldest and best loved theme parks, having in many ways defined the standard for innovation and quality. Smarte Locke electronic lockers have also been installed at an IBIS Hotel in Paris, France, and will be installed at a second IBIS Paris Hotel in May.

Smarte Carte Australia Pty. Ltd. has recently extended agreements with Perth International and Domestic Terminals to install Worldcarte luggage trolleys and to continue providing luggage trolley services there through June 2011. In May 2006, Smarte Carte Australia will begin providing Smarte Wrap™ baggage wrap services at Sydney Airport and expects to add baggage wrap services at Perth soon thereafter. The Smarte Wrap bag wrapping system quickly wraps suitcases, backpacks, bags and boxes of all shapes and sizes in a durable plastic film that provides protection against tampering, smuggling, theft and accidental opening.

Smarte Carte recently introduced the Charge Carte™ a rapid charge kiosk that will safely charge cell phones and PDAs up to twice as fast as a standard outlet charger. More than 40 cell phone charging kiosks have already been installed at airports in Akron-Canton, OH; Albany, NY; Boston, MA; Buffalo, NY; Houston (George Bush and Hobby), TX; New York (LaGuardia), NY; Oklahoma City, OK; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA and Syracuse, NY.

Smarte Carte, Inc., is owned by Macquarie Bank Ltd. of Australia and is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Smarte Carte is the leading concessionaire of trolley, locker, stroller and other passenger/guest services at nearly 1000 airports, train stations, bus terminals, shopping centers and entertainment facilities around the world. The company employs over 1,300 employees in 11 countries on five continents.