Gemalto Receives Two Sesames Awards–“Hardware” with “Contactless Very High Data Rate” and “Mobile” with “MASSIM”

Gemalto Receives Two Sesames Awards–“Hardware” with “Contactless Very High Data Rate” and “Mobile” with “MASSIM”

Cartes & IDentification, Villepinte, France, Nov 17, 2009–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced it has won two Sesames awards at this year’s Cartes & IDentification tradeshow: “Hardware” with “Contactless Very High Data Rate” and “Mobile” with MASSIM.

The Sesames awards are a key part of the annual smart card industry event. They celebrate the unique contribution and investment of leading industry players like Gemalto in developing next generation products and solutions for the digital age.


The Contactless Very High Data Rate (VHDR) is a communication protocol that enables transfer of large amounts of data to and from contactless products, ten times faster than with current contactless technology. For example, a large music file can be transferred in less than three seconds. Contactless VHDR can be implemented in e-health cards to allow transfer of medical files including high-resolution X-ray pictures, or in eID cards to speed up biometric data verification. Incorporated in an NFC SIM card, Contactless VHDR would enable purchase of MP3 files with transfer and payment being carried out simultaneously.


MASSIM, which stands for M2M Anti-Stealing SIM, is a Machine-to-Machine SIM card which theft can be detected immediately. An M2M SIM card is a robust SIM-based device that meets the stringent requirements of the industrial environment in terms of vibrations and shocks. Once MASSIM has been placed in industrial equipment, such as electricity or gas meters, the card automatically detects and stores its location. If removed and inserted into a mobile phone, it will immediately detect the change of location and send an SMS to the service provider. The service provider is then able to take all necessary actions, such as blocking the card.

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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