Gemalto Launches Enhanced Visual Security Features for Official Documents

Gemalto Launches Enhanced Visual Security Features for Official Documents

Amsterdam, June 15, 2010–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced the launch of a series of new laser-personalized innovations designed to further increase the security of official identity documents. These advanced security features are available immediately as additional options in the Gemalto Sealys line of secure identity products.

The new security features can be applied on the polycarbonate card bodies of documents such as ID cards, healthcare cards, driver’s license, vehicle registration, voting and resident permit cards. The technology is highly sophisticated and designed to counter forgery while remaining easy for officials to verify their authenticity, hence providing more convenience to legitimate holders.

Unique in the market, Sealys Edge Sealer is a laser engraving process applied during the personalization stage. Documents are laser-etched with markings along the edge which relate to the holder’s personal information, such as their name or ID number. Sealys enhanced Changeable Laser Image (CLI) enables a third field of visible information to be immersed within the secure document. Depending on the angle with which the document is read, the information changes. Sealys CoreMark is a semi-transparent window within the polycarbonate card body. Using complex laser engraving techniques, it enables deeper markings into the core of the card and provides a watermark effect. This makes checking the super secure plastic document as natural as verifying a bank note.

“The development and integration of these new advanced features are part of our ongoing commitment to constant improvements of the security of our products,” said Frédéric Trojani, Senior Vice President of Government Programs, Gemalto. “Our investments and proven expertise in this high technology domain allow us to be an innovation leader and to provide superior security features that are unique in the market. In this way, we are able to offer to our governmental agencies customers the best tools against fraud, always keeping in mind ease of use for both citizens and security civil servants in the foreground.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2009 annual revenues of €1.65 billion, and over 10 thousand employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 41 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work–anytime, anywhere–has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

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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