Gemalto First to Demonstrate Instant Secure Connectivity to e-Government Services

Gemalto First to Demonstrate Instant Secure Connectivity to e-Government Services

Enables plug-and-play secure access to e-services using smart cards

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, October 24, 2008–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announces it is first to demonstrate its solution that enables citizens to instantly connect to e-services using e-ID smart cards. Coesys eGovernment Authentication Solution requires no software installation on the citizen’s computer. It therefore drastically simplifies the roll out of value added secure services and boosts their adoption. It runs with any browser and any operating system, allowing plug-and-play connectivity from any PC.

olution, Gemalto is spearheading the citizen-centric approach that major countries across the world are now developing, also described as e-Government 2.0. It offers enhanced security by enabling end-to-end transport of user-credentials and attributes. By cutting out the need for client middleware, it represents a paradigm shift in smart card-based service delivery over the web.

The core technology at work inside Coesys eGovernment Authentication Solution is Gemalto’s SConnect. Providing smart card neutral connectivity, it won the “Best Software” Sesame award in 2007. Together with enabling conventional smart card applications, such as strong authentication, secure credential storage and access, and digital signatures, Coesys eGovernment Authentication Solution paves the way for the new range of digital identity applications that are served over the Web.

“A new model of smart online services is appearing in a number of e-government schemes,” commented Frédéric Trojani, Senior Vice President of the Government Programs Solutions Group at Gemalto. “We are proud to demonstrate our capacity to make these e-services more convenient and accessible to citizens, more secure and more user-oriented than ever.”

To date, Gemalto has implemented online authentication solutions for e-health and e-ID programs in more than ten countries, including Algeria, Azerbaijan, Finland, France, Portugal, Qatar, Slovenia, Sweden, UAE and UK.

About Gemalto

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.
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