France recognizes Gemalto’s innovation with R&D funding
Gemalto’s innovation drive in personal mobile services for GSM and future network evolutions is approved by European Commission
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 23, 2008–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announces that the European Commission has authorized the financial grant by the French government to the MaXSSIMM¹ development program through OSEO. OSEO is a French public Agency which supports innovation and development. The program, carried out by a Gemalto-led consortium, is intended to facilitate and accelerate the implementation of convenient personalized and secure Internet services for mobile devices. OSEO will contribute to the program through a €35-million subsidy over 3 years.
MaXSSIMM involves the design of a complete solution including a next-generation SIM card – the “max-SIM” card – feature phones and operator servers with new capabilities that allow application developers to rapidly roll out new mobile personal and multimedia services. The proposed technological innovations will lead to easier handset personalization, making services more convenient to use and multimedia content easier to access via a unified user interface. They will also enable subscribers to conveniently synchronize their personal data with their PC, PDA or their operator’s server, as well as safely download third party applications on their mobile phones using the security provided by the SIM. The solution will ensure secure transmission and data confidentiality in an environment offering enhanced services, contents and devices.
“MaXSSIMM provides Gemalto with an opportunity to implement a complete system for advanced use cases in the field of mobile services for operators and end-users,” commented Philippe Vallée, Executive Vice President of Gemalto’s Telecommunications Business Unit. “We started working on this program one year ago and the green light from the European Commission strongly encourages Gemalto and its partners to further deploy MaXSSIMM.”
The consortium includes microelectronics manufacturers like STMicroelectronics, NXP Semiconductors and Toppan Photomasks, Inc., handset vendor Sagem Mobiles, as well as telecoms operator Orange and travel service provider Amadeus. SMEs such as Trusted Logic, Voxinzebox and Cityvox also take part in the consortium. In addition, Eurecom, a communication systems Research Institute, is helping with research expertise to evaluate the overall solution.
¹MaXSSIMM stands for “My Secure Solution for Mobile Multimedia Internet”
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the leader in digital security with pro forma 2007 annual revenues of over €1.6 billion, more than 85 offices in 40 countries and about 10,000 employees including 1,300 R&D engineers. In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our lives, Gemalto’s solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable. Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the development of software applications through design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and tokens to the deployment of managed services for its customers. More than a billion people worldwide use the company’s products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.
As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years. Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus. For more information please visit http://www.gemalto.com.
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