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HP Technology Runs the 2003 Boston Marathon

HP iPAQ Pocket PCs and Nextel Link to Form HP Athlete Search System; HP ProLiant Servers Power
HP iPAQ Pocket PCs and Nextel Link to Form HP Athlete Search System; HP ProLiant Servers Power Marathon Web site PALO ALTO, Calif., April 11, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ), the official technology sponsor of the Boston Marathon for the ninth consecutive year, will provide the technology to track every registered participant at the 107th running of the storied race on Monday, April 21.

HP will combine innovative HP iPAQ Pocket PCs with the Nextel Wireless Web Data Network to form the HP Athlete Search System, a state-of-the-art wireless computer network to provide runner and wheelchair participant updates to spectators at clearly identified sites along the second half of the marathon route and at the finish line. In addition, as part of its overall sponsorship, HP will provide a giant electronic marquee at Heartbreak Hill, listing the leaders.

All registered participants will wear tiny computer chips attached to their shoes or wheelchairs that will transmit their location as they cross stationary sensor mats at regular checkpoints along the racecourse. The HP Athlete Search System will provide details about each participant's progress via the network to allow family and friends, as well as an international audience, to follow the action from start to finish.

"This technology is a great way for friends and family members to follow their favorite participant and feel like they're a part of the action," said Dan Socci, chairman of the HP New England Initiative. "The HP Athlete Search System, which has been used at the annual HP Houston Marathon as well as the Boston Marathon, is a unique approach to using wireless computing and Internet access to provide up-to-the-minute results during a sporting event."

As official technology sponsor of the Boston Marathon, HP serves as the race's computing solutions provider, powering technology throughout the event. HP equipment will be used at the marathon operations center at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Command Post on Copley Square Park, runners' number pickup area, press-registration areas, press rooms, television broadcast booths and in the medical tents.

Industry-standard HP ProLiant servers will power the race Web site, http://www.bostonmarathon.org, allowing computer users around the world to obtain up-to-date participant locations. ProLiant DL360 servers will enable approximately 5 million page views within the five-hour time span of the race. In addition, ProLiant ML530 and DL580 servers will enable real-time data requests to the press room and will power the marathon runners' database.

Also, at Athlete's Village in Hopkinton, Mass., the HP "Bringing it Home" tour truck, a 70-foot-long tractor-trailer outfitted as a four-room single-family home, will enable the public to experience HP digital photography and personal computing products firsthand.

HP employees are key contributors to the marathon as well, with more than 125 New England-based HP employees taking part in the race as runners and volunteers, and additional HP runners coming from around the world to compete.

For participant location updates, spectators along the racecourse are encouraged to approach any one of the 50 HP volunteers who will be clearly identified in blue and white top hats with the words "Ask Me About Your Runner" stenciled on them. Volunteers simply need the participant's name or bib number to provide spectators with an instant update of the participant's nearest checkpoint location on the course, prominently displayed on the screen of their HP iPAQ Pocket PCs.

"HP is once again providing the electronic backbone of the Boston Athletic Association's network to track participants in the 2003 Boston Marathon at various checkpoints along the historic route," said Dave McGillivray, race director, Boston Marathon. "HP technology will enable spectators on the course to have access to the complete BAA network and get accurate information while the race is in progress."

"Nextel is excited to link our Wireless Web Data Network with HP iPAQ Pocket PCs to provide timely location updates on demand for every race participant," said Tim Enright, New England area vice president, Nextel.

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