Gemalto PIV Card for Enhanced U.S. Government Security Doubles Memory Capacity, Earns GSA Approval

Gemalto PIV Card for Enhanced U.S. Government Security Doubles Memory Capacity, Earns GSA Approval

ARLINGTON, VA, October 27, 2009–Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announced that its large memory Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card is now listed on the General Services Administration (GSA) Approved Product List (APL). Gemalto has already begun volume deliveries of the card for the U.S. federal government’s PIV program. The card has already received FIPS 201 and FIPS 140-2 certifications.

The Gemalto PIV Card is dual contact/contactless technology built on the JavaCard platform. It doubles the storage capacity of today’s PIV cards, a highly demanded feature in the government sector.

“Our U.S. government customers asked us to develop this very large memory card to give them more space to implement stronger digital security measures,” said Neville Pattinson, vice president of Standards and Government Affairs, Gemalto North America. “Today we are providing a PIV card with memory capacity to handle larger encryption keys and store multiple identity certificates. The larger memory will help to future-proof PIV credentials, because it offers the room to add other applications downstream, such as biometrics, extending its useful life.”

The Gemalto PIV card allows the identities of government employees and contractors to be verified electronically quickly, while resisting any fraud, tampering or counterfeiting. Already capable of secure storage of cardholder fingerprints, the card also supports, through its open platform, adding new applications, such as biometric match-on-card, if desired.

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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), Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, 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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Deb Montner
Montner & Associates
Montner & Associates Tech PR Agency