Gemalto Achieves Latest SECCOS Certification for its Banking Cards in Germany

Gemalto Achieves Latest SECCOS Certification for its Banking Cards in Germany

Ready now for mass deployment, Desineo Seccos 6.1 allows German banks to offer the EMV Common Payment Application to their customers and ease SEPA deployment in Germany

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Jan 10, 2008 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announces its Desineo banking card has been certified by the Zentraler Kreditausschuss (ZKA) in compliance with the Secure Chip Card Operating System (SECCOS) version 6.1 specifications. The Gemalto Desineo banking card product is one of the most advanced in the world: it incorporates both banking applications such as the electronic purse Geldkarte and the electronic cash access offline, the Girocard EMV (Europay-MasterCard-Visa) application and the EMV Common Payment Application (CPA). It also integrates the TAN generator functionality for secure home banking, and other applications such as digital signature (certified according to the German Digital Signature act SigG/SigV), electronic ticketing and Marktplatz loyalty.

Desineo Seccos v6.1 leverages Gemalto’s 10 years’ experience in the German banking and healthcare markets and this new certification demonstrates Gemalto’s expertise in developing tailor-made products in compliance with a country’s high security specific standards. Gemalto is one of the first companies to offer a product, evaluated Common Criteria EAL4+ (Evaluation Assurance Level) with a chip certified EAL5+, which incorporates the Common Payment Application. With Desineo Seccos v6.1, German banks will benefit from the highest levels of security and state-of-the-art technology for both credit and debit cards.

Said Bertrand Knopf, senior vice president e-payment at Gemalto: “With this certification, we can offer our German bank customers a very innovative and versatile platform, which will give users secure access to a broad set of on-line and off-line applications. Moreover, the addition of the Common Payment Application capability marks an important milestone to ease SEPA* deployment in Germany.”

SEPA*: Single Euro Payments Area

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the leader in digital security with pro forma 2006 annual revenues of €1.7 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.

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