Gemalto Launches Unique Optical Reader for Online Banking

Gemalto Launches Unique Optical Reader for Online Banking

With 30 million users, Germany has the largest number of online banking customers in Europe

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 24, 2009 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced commercial launch of Ezio Optical TAN, a unique optical authentication reader for online banking specially designed for the German market. The size of a credit card, the Gemalto reader fits in a wallet along with the banking card, to offer unmatched convenience and portability. Ezio Optical TAN is compliant with the latest German HHD* standard and leverages the security of the widely deployed SECCOS* banking cards. With 30 million users, Germany has the largest number of online banking customers in Europe.

With Ezio Optical TAN, online customers can enjoy anytime, anywhere e-banking with utmost simplicity. Users just present the device in front of their computer screen and optical sensors capture the data they would normally enter from the reader keypad to carry out and sign online transactions. No software needs to be installed to use the device.

“Reinforcing e-banking services security has always been a priority for German banks and they were among the first in Europe to implement strong authentication solutions,” commented Jacques Seneca, executive vice president of the Security Business Unit for Gemalto. “Gemalto’s strong historical presence in Germany, particularly in the banking sector, has provided us with an in-depth understanding of local banks’ specific needs. This resulted in the development of an authentication solution that is perfectly tailored for this very advanced market.”

The Gemalto product is part of an extended family of authentication and digital signature solutions that includes notably readers, tokens, software and services. Gemalto has already successfully delivered Ezio authentication solutions to leading banks in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

HHD: HandHeld Device
SECCOS: Secure Chip Card Operating System

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2008 annual revenues of €1.68 billion, and 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 40 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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