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Tyler, Texas (September 5, 2002) — Alphatec Software Incorporated announced today that National City Corporation, one of the nation's largest financial holding companies, has purchased its ORBITä suite of products.  National City chose the ORBITä solution after a competitive review and selection process based on several vendors’ product functionality, service quality, and price.     ORBITä  will provide National City with  a robust tool to manage their payment processing resources, operations, and procedures in the most cost-effective and performance-enhancing fashion.     


The Alphatec ORBITä suite of products provides automated production data tracking and performance reporting modules; which gives payment processing managers the ability to take a more pro-active approach to monitoring target based processes, allows them to schedule resources cost-effectively, and allows them to identify and to solve operational problems with pinpoint accuracy.  This suite of products enables financial institutions to make their payment processing areas more cost effective by automatically collating data and providing the user with a transparent view of their processing procedures at their fingertips. 


About National City Corporation


National City Corporation (NYSE: NCC) is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and is one of the nation's largest financial holding companies.  As of June 30, 2002, National City had total assets of  $99 billion and total deposits of $57 billion.  The company operates through an extensive distribution network in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and in selected national markets.  Its primary businesses include commercial and retail banking, consumer finance, asset management, mortgage financing

and servicing, and card processing.  National City's website can be found at:


About Alphatec Software Incorporated


Alphatec Software has offices in Texas, Florida, and California.  The company provides a range of products and services for financial information technology, including advanced software, production support, consultancy and process improvement, project management, implementation services and technical and operational training.  For more information, please visit the Alphatec Software web site: .


Contacts:        Richard G. Phillis                                   Amber Garwood                                

Alphatec Software, Inc.                        National City Center

                        821 ESE Loop 323 - Suite 140            1900 East Ninth Street

Tyler, Texas   75701-9613                   Cleveland, Ohio    44114-3484

                        (903) 534-3600                                    (216) 222-2000