Gemalto Provides First Electronic Student Card in Serbia
Already in use by more than 30 percent of Serbia’s student population
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 26, 2009 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced it is providing the first multi-application electronic student cards for secure identification and payment in Serbia. The company provided the cards to Poslovno Informacioni Sistemi, a local Gemalto Value Added Reseller (VAR), who supplied the personalization solution for universities to issue cards directly to students. The Gemalto card is already in use by more than 30 percent of Serbia’s student population, in the cities of Belgrade, Kragujevac, Nis, Novi Sad and Subotica. Deployments in Cacak, Kosovska Mitrovica and Uzice are currently in progress.
In addition to digitally identifying students, the Gemalto card is used for EMV (Europay MasterCard Visa) debit payment through the secure contact microprocessor on the card. Bearers of the card can pay at student restaurants hostels, as well as receive discounts at local establishments. The contactless functionality allows students to enter buildings, and record their attendance in class simply by holding the card up to a reader.
“Gemalto’s solution is simple and convenient for students to use, while providing many benefits to universities,” commented Cédric Collomb, senior vice-president, Identity and Access Management at Gemalto. “The solution increases security and reduces fraud by ensuring accurate identification of students. It is also cost effective, because it replaces many paper-based documents and improves the management of student databases. Universities are already reporting cost reductions of up to 50 percent.”
To date, Gemalto has shipped over six million electronic student cards for universities around the world notably in Hungary, Latin America, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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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