Gemalto to Deliver 3 Million Microprocessor Cards for First National e-Healthcare Program in Azerbaijan

Gemalto to Deliver 3 Million Microprocessor Cards for First National e-Healthcare Program in Azerbaijan

First large-scale e-Government initiative provides social benefits to all citizens

Baku, Azerbaijan and Amsterdam, the Netherlands, April 9, 2008–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announces it has been selected, along with its local partner Bestcomp, to provide the digital security solution for the national e-Healthcare program in Azerbaijan. Bestcomp is a leading IT company in the country and acts as an integrator for the project, while Gemalto will deliver 3 million Sealys microprocessor cards and e-Government middleware. The pilot phase started in February 2008, while progressive rollout will spread out over the 2008-2010 period.

This is the first large scale e-Government project in the country, led by the Ministry of Health, which will provide social security benefits to all. For the Azeri citizens, the healthcare smart card substantially simplifies the submission of claims to the country’s social security services by digitizing claims forms. It also offers a high degree of identification, transaction security and speeds up reimbursements. The card is considered as the basis for the wider implementation of social support throughout the country.

This new reference strengthens Gemalto’s positioning in the healthcare sector, following previous achievements in Algeria, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, UK and Slovenia in particular.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the leader in digital security with pro forma 2007 annual revenues of over €1.6 billion, more than 85 offices in 40 countries and about 10,000 employees including 1,300 R&D engineers. In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our lives, Gemalto’s solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable. Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the development of software applications through design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and tokens to the deployment of managed services for its customers. More than a billion people worldwide use the company’s products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.

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. Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus. For more information please visit


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