Gemalto and LG Electronics Launch the First Commercial Handset Supporting Smart Card Web Server technology
LG Renoir enriches mobile operators’ SIM-based multimedia offer
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, November 13, 2008–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 – GTO), the world leader in digital security, and LG Electronics (KSE: 066570.KS), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, today announce the availability of the first commercial mobile phone supporting the Smart Card Web Server (SCWS)¹, the LG Renoir (LG-KC910). Now ready for worldwide deployment, the LG Renoir opens up a new era for SIM-based application development.
For operators, the LG Renoir will tremendously simplify applications development and distribution to the mass-market, making the most of the unique advantages of the SIM card: ubiquitous presence in GSM networks, convenience and portability, and the invisible remote management of applications. This will greatly improve the time to market for deploying new services on the field.
By bringing Web technologies to the SIM, the Smart Card Web Server technology will open up the card to a large community of developers who can take advantage of this well-known environment to bring operators and end-users a large range of existing and innovative applications.
The combination of the Smart card Web Server and the high-end features of the LG Renoir, such as the touch screen interface and the advanced browser, offer end users a large set of convenient applications provided by their operators with state of the art user interface.
“This SCWS-compatible handset from LG is in line with our strategy to continually provide the most innovative solutions, and Gemalto has been our key partner in making this solution available for the first time. Including widgets and operator bookmarks, the Smart Card Web Server functionality provides mobile operators with a powerful and flexible tool to develop and offer services and applications to their end users,” said Frédéric Christophe, Director Engineering and Standards, LG Electronics Mobilecom France.
“LG is a pioneer in recognizing the strong value of SIM-based SCWS technology for everyone involved in the mobile industry” said Philippe Vallée, executive vice president, Telecom, Gemalto. “Gemalto is excited that its collaboration with LG has made this important solution available rapidly worldwide for the benefits of our common customers.”
Gemalto and LG plan to jointly market the solution worldwide. The LG Renoir (LG-KC910) will be available starting in December 2008. Beginning in 2009, LG plans to have the SCWS feature available on most LG HSDPA handsets.
For more information about Gemalto’s offer for multimedia solutions, please refer to the Gemalto UpTeq Multimedia Web site: http://www.gemalto.com/telecom/upteq/multimedia.html.
¹Leveraging the handset browser as the user interface, the Smart Card Web Server technology makes it possible to run offline web applications directly from the SIM card, as the SIM embeds a real web server. The Smart Card Web Server gives applications access to a set of handset APIs to act as a real local Application Execution Environment.
About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications, employing more than 82,000 people working in 114 operations including 82 subsidiaries around the world. With 2007 global sales of USD 44 billion, LG is comprised of four business units – Mobile Communications, Digital Appliance, Digital Display and Digital Media. LG is the world’s leading producer of mobile handsets, flat panel TVs, air conditioners, front-loading washing machines, optical storage products, DVD players and home theater systems. For more information, please visit http://www.lge.com.
LG Electronics Mobile Communication Company (LG) is a leading producer of mobile handsets. LG creates handsets that provide optimized mobile experience to customers around the world with its cutting-edge technology and innovative handset design capabilities. With advanced wireless solutions, LG is rapidly expanding its presence and market share globally. For more information, please visit http://www.lge.com.
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. For more information please visit http://www.gemalto.com.
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