Air Methods to Equip Entire LifeNet Division Fleet With Flight

Tracking System Developed by Digital Angel Subsidiary OuterLink 
Satellite-Based System Features Real-Time Position Reporting, Precise Billable-Mile Tracking, Two-Way Digital Messaging and Continuous Mayday Alerts 
SO. ST. PAUL, Minn., June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Digital Angel
Corporation (Amex: DOC), an advanced technology company in the field of rapid
and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of
high-value assets, announced today that the world's largest air ambulance
operator, Englewood, CO-based Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), is
expanding its use of the OuterLink Flight Tracking and Messaging System.
After approximately 18 months of evaluating 50 OuterLink systems and the
confirmation of their administrative and safety benefits, Air Methods has
decided to equip the balance of its LifeNet Division fleet and its future
LifeNet aircraft with the OuterLink systems. 
The OuterLink system's unique ability to provide position reporting every
30 seconds, three-second Mayday alerts, system reliability and ability to
verify and archive exact trip mileage were key factors in Air Methods'
decision to expand its deployment of the OuterLink Satellite Tracking System,
said David Dolstein, Senior Vice President for Air Methods. 
"Our decision was based on several factors, but paramount was the ability
of the system to interface with our existing CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch)
system," Dolstein said.  "OuterLink was more than willing to work with our
software vendor to get this accomplished.  The ability to track our aircraft
in real time and maintain a history of patient mileage reports was also a key
component in the decision.  We had excellent success and reliability with our
initial OuterLink tracking and communication systems.  Incorporating OuterLink
across our entire LifeNet Division enhances our ability to provide safe,
efficient patient transportation." 
The OuterLink system enables Air Methods' management oversight in
deployment and in activity of all aircraft equipped with OuterLink from its
national Communication Center in Omaha.  In addition to providing dispatchers
with real-time flight tracking data, OuterLink's satcom terminal also
incorporates capability for two-way digital messaging.  In addition to
communication redundancy, digital messaging accommodates enhanced interface
between the aircraft and communications center for laptop computers and/or
patient monitoring devices.  While the entire fleet is monitored by LifeNet's
National Communications Center, LifeNet managers and sending or receiving
medical centers also have the ability to monitor the movement of a responding
(OuterLink equipped) aircraft. 
The OuterLink system also includes low-profile antennas installed on each
aircraft and the CommTrack suite of PC software tools enabling flight
management to visually track and display real-time and historical information
about all aircraft under their control.  The software incorporates a
comprehensive map database that allows dispatchers to pan and zoom into
whatever level of topographic detail is relevant to their tracking needs.  It
also provides the capability to display weather information on these maps to
provide up-to-the-minute advisories to flight-following dispatchers. 
"For us, another key component of CommTrack is the CommFigure Trip
Reporting software," Dolstein added.  "By tracking and computing miles flown
from any time period, we have the ability to provide accurate trip information
to our customers and maximize revenue based on actual mileage." 
Kevin O'Brien, OuterLink's Vice President of Operations, said, "Commonly,
hospitals realize accurate mileage reports generate increased earnings
sufficient to recover the initial OuterLink investment within one year, as
well as future operating costs thereafter." 
About Air Methods Corporation 
Air Methods Corporation ( is a leader in emergency
aeromedical transportation, medical services and technology.  The Air Medical
Services Division is the largest provider of air medical transport services
for hospitals in the world.  The LifeNet Division is the largest
community-based provider of air medical services.  The Products Division
specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace
technology.  The Company's fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft
features over 185 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. 
About OuterLink 
Based in Lowell, MA, OuterLink, a Digital Angel subsidiary, provides
satellite-based mobile asset tracking and data messaging systems.  Used to
manage the deployment of aircraft and land vehicles, these systems provide
real-time location reporting, secure bi-directional data communication and
comprehensive asset management software.  They enable ground personnel to
track the minute-by-minute movement of mobile assets, monitor on-board sensors
and conduct bi-directional messaging with aircraft pilots and ground vehicle
operators.  For more information, visit 
About Digital Angel Corporation 
Digital Angel Corporation develops and deploys sensor and communications
technologies that enable rapid and accurate identification, location tracking,
and condition monitoring of high-value assets.  Applications for the Company's
products include identification and monitoring of pets, fish and livestock
through its patented implantable microchips; location tracking and message
monitoring of vehicles and aircraft in remote locations through systems that
integrate GPS and geosynchronous satellite communications; and monitoring of
asset conditions such as temperature and movement, through advanced miniature
Digital Angel Corporation is majority-owned by Applied Digital Solutions,
Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSX).  For more information about Digital Angel, please visit 
The statements in this press release that are not strictly historical, are
"forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the
Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created by these sections.
The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and the
actual results that the Company achieves may differ materially from these
forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties, including, but
not limited to, that recent changes in the Company's senior management could
have an adverse effect on the Company's financial results that the Company's
stockholders will experience dilution if certain debt owned by the Company is
converted into common stock; the risk of foreclosure on substantially all of
the Company's assets; that the Company's majority stockholder, Applied Digital
Inc. is able to completely control the board of directors and may support
actions that conflict with the interests of other stockholders; that the
Company's earnings will decline if it writes off additional goodwill and other
intangible assets; that exercises of the Company's options and warrants
outstanding and available for issuance may adversely affect the market price
of the Company's common stock, the Company's inability to generate income, the
Company's ability to maintain patent and trade secret protection, domestic and
foreign government regulation, the Company's sales to government contractors
of animal identification products, dependence on a single production
arrangement for its patented syringe-injectable microchips, dependence on
principal customers, competition in the visual and electronic identification
markets, foreign currency rate fluctuation, dependence on a small team of
senior management and the Company's ability to develop, integrate and
miniaturize and market the Digital Angel(TM) technology.  A detailed statement
of risks and uncertainties is contained in the Company's reports to the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including in particular the Company's Form
10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004.  Investors and stockholders
are urged to read this document carefully.  The Company can offer no
assurances that any projections, assumptions or forecasts made or discussed in
this release will be met, and investors should understand the risks of
investing solely due to such projections.  The Company undertakes no
obligation to revise any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events
or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release. 

     Allen & Caron Inc.
     Mike Lucarelli (investors)         Len Hall (media)
     (212) 691-8087                     (949) 474-4300

SOURCE  Digital Angel Corporation 
Investors, Mike Lucarelli, +1-212-691-8087,, or 
Media, Len Hall, +1-949-474-4300,, both of Allen & Caron 
Inc., for Digital Angel Corporation
-0- Jun/22/2005 11:35 GMT
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.