Metropolitan Emergency Communications Agency Selects Vertical Computer’s ResponseFlash™ to enhance emergency response communications in Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana

LOS ANGELES (February 21, 2002) -Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VCSY), a provider of innovative Web-based technology services and solutions, today announced it has been contracted for the sale and installation of its ResponseFlash™ software to enhance emergency response communications for Marion County, Indiana, including Indianapolis, the state’s largest city.

ResponseFlashä will operate in the county’s Metropolitan Emergency Communications Agency and provide Web software and services including content management and secure discussion forums.

ResponseFlashä is a high-end software package that offers a secure, integrated, comprehensive solution for government agencies that have a need to provide rapid response systems to other agencies and departments.

The Metropolitan Emergency Communications Agency (MECA) is one of the first agencies in the United States to establish an integrated public-safety communications system. MECA provides enhanced 911 equipment, records management, radio systems and mobile data to 46 public-safety and 24 public service agencies in the greater Indianapolis area.

Under the agreement announced today, MECA will work with Vertical to further expand ResponseFlash™ capabilities by creating a virtual emergency operations center (Virtual EOC) to allow emergency responders and community leaders to manage emergency incidents without convening in one location.

“We are proud and pleased to be able to provide added security and dependability in emergency communications to Indianapolis and Marion County through our ResponseFlash™ product,” said Richard Wade, President of Vertical Computer Systems, Inc.

About MECA

MECA serves the City of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana and uses a wide variety of communications equipment, including more than 1,800 mobile devices, 8,000 handheld radios, 3,000 mobile radios and 5,000 pagers. MECA director Linn Piper is also chairperson of Motorola's Mobile Data Users Group (MDUG).

About Vertical Computer Systems, Inc.

Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VCSY) is a multinational provider of Web services, underpinning Web technologies, and administrative software services through its Global Partners System, a worldwide distribution network. Vertical provides Web applications and services targeted at specific market needs in business and government organizations, such as emergency response, news media, procurement, education, ecommerce, and human resources. Vertical also provides underpinning Web and Internet technologies that can be leveraged across all of its target markets. Vertical’s software products include the Emily™ XML Enabler Agent, ResponseFlash™, SiteFlash™, UniversityFlash™, Newsflash™, and the Focal Point Search Engine™.

For more information, visit the company's Web site at For details on ResponseFlash, visit the Web site at

This release contains, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, competition from other portals, the company's ability to integrate and market the Emily™ software, the market reception to VCSY'S new products, the potential benefits to customers, the conversion of sales leads into customers and the ramp-up of ASP users and other factors over which VCSY may have little or no control such as those described in the company's filings with the SEC.

Vertical Computer Systems, Inc.
Jim Salz
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