Gemalto First Company to Receive EMV and American Express Certifications for its Linux™-Based Payment Terminals in Italy
Strengthens Gemalto’s positioning in highly competitive Italian e-payment market
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, October 3, 2007–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announces its MagIC³ range of Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals has been EMV certified both by the Association of Italian Banks (ABI), in compliance with its Progetto Microcircuito specification, and by American Express. This platform, which incorporates the MagIC Open&Sec technology running on Linux, is aimed at securing the open world with unrivalled power and connectivity–MagIC³ is powered by two 32-bit microprocessors and features Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices. In addition, its Ethernet connection propels it into the Internet world.
The Gemalto terminals’ Linux-based operating system leverages Internet Protocol (IP) technology and accelerates the development of new value-added solutions. Their high level of connectivity allows users to easily upgrade their software or install additional modules by simply downloading these through a USB key. Furthermore, MagIC³ provides an intuitive user interface which makes this range of terminals extremely easy and convenient to operate.
Said Michel Leger, senior vice president e-payment at Gemalto: “With these certifications, we are now in a position to offer our Italian bank customers an open platform which will give users secure access to a broad set of new applications. Moreover, the incorporation of Linux speeds up time-to-market for the deployment of new payment solutions and benefits both banks and merchants.”
“Linux” is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds, the original author of the Linux Kernel.
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. For more information please visit http://www.gemalto.com.
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