Gemalto Surpasses 25 Million Smart Card Shipments to U.S. Federal Government

Gemalto Surpasses 25 Million Smart Card Shipments to U.S. Federal Government

Arlington, VA USA, Dec 7, 2009–Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announced that it has surpassed 25 million smart card-based identity credentials shipped to the U.S. federal government. This total is evenly split between government identity credentials, used for securing the identities of federal government employees and military personnel and for electronic passports (ePassports), used for protecting the personal information of U.S. citizens traveling abroad.

“Gemalto is honored to be a trusted partner in providing secure identity credentials to over 25 million U.S. citizens, federal employees and military personnel,” said Neville Pattinson, vice president Government Affairs Gemalto North America “We have worked diligently to ensure Gemalto’s manufacturing, software and services meet the stringent security requirements of the U.S. federal government enabling citizens to obtain secure credentials that are convenient and easy to use. We are proud to be a leading part of an ever evolving identity ecosystem aimed at protecting citizen’s identities and securing the homeland.”

Some of Gemalto’s newest innovations for the U.S. government include its next-generation PIV card, and the Smart Guardian (SG) FIPS USB Key. The new Gemalto PIV card has dual contact/contactless technology and doubles the storage capacity of previous PIV cards to handle larger encryption keys and store multiple identity certificates. Through its open platform, the card also supports adding new applications, such as biometric match-on-card, if desired. It has been approved by the General Services Administration (GSA) for use by the government and is on the approved purchase list (APL).

The smart card-based SG FIPS is a zero-footprint encrypted secure flash drive. It has achieved FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification, and meets Military Standard 810-F environmental standards. It goes beyond security requirements to offer additional security and interoperability with federal PIV credentials.

All of Gemalto’s products for the U.S. federal government come from its advanced production facility and service center in Montgomeryville, Penn. The center recently received the Security Assurance Certification from the North American Security Products Organization (NASPO), a voluntary certification further demonstrating Gemalto commitment to providing a secure U.S. based supply chain for identity products.

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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