Bell ID signs first South African partner

Bell ID signs first South African partner

Bell ID is pleased to announce Opengate as its first partner in South Africa

Rotterdam, 8th November 2007–Bell ID and Opengate have concluded a partnership agreement that will see Opengate operate as a reseller of Bell ID’s leading card and application management system: ANDiS.

Opengate, formerly known as Intelliform, is a South African based company focused on the supply of card products and related services to the local payments industry. Its specific expertise has positioned it strongly to supply services and solutions to fast growing local markets such as retail, banking, insurance, health care, transport and gaming.

Further to the partnership agreement Opengate is planning to implement ANDiS in their own organization as part of their hosted service offering. Bell ID’s ANDiS software will form the heart of Opengate’s integrated card services platform, which will provide an extensive array of managed services to financial and retail customers, in a unique model suited to our local market dynamics. Besides providing best of breed card and application management, ANDiS will help integrate and leverage other offerings such as advanced EMV scripting, enhanced rewards payments, prepaid / contactless smart cards, instant issue and mobile payments.

Igno Peters, Managing Director at Bell ID said: “We are very pleased to have Opengate as our first partner in South Africa. They have a wealth of experience in the smart card industry and we feel confident that together we can provide the right solution for retail, banking and other projects in the South African market.”

Anton Maybery, Chief Executive of Opengate said “We are extremely proud to be associated with Bell ID as global leader in its field. Together we plan to become a dominant provider of card and application management systems, and through our flexible reseller or managed services model will be able to provide our clients with a flexible model, addressing time to market, resource constraints and cost.”

About Opengate

Established in 2004, Opengate has rapidly developed into a leading player in the fast growing South African card industry, supplying most of the country’s largest issuers. Opengate is a first mover in the establishment of a fully integrated managed service, focused on card and application management, EMV scripting, enhanced reward payments, prepaid, and instant issue and mobile payment.

About Bell ID

Bell ID is a worldwide technology leader in card, application and key management, with unrivalled international references in government ID, corporate ID, health care and banking. Bell ID’s ANDiS range now includes solutions for the management of payment and other applications on mobile phones. For more information please visit or email [email protected]

For more information about this press release please contact:

Anya Curtis
+31 (0) 10 885 1010