Gemalto Unveils World’s First Optical Reader for Online Banking that Fits in a Wallet

Gemalto Unveils World’s First Optical Reader for Online Banking that Fits in a Wallet

Increases security for e-transactions by making signature extremely simple and convenient

Cartes & IDentification tradeshow, Villepinte, France, November 4, 2008–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today releases Ezio Optical Reader, a unique optical authentication device that fits in a wallet together with the banking card, to provide utmost convenience for e-banking services. An optical sensor captures the data users would normally enter from a keypad to carry out and sign online transactions, eliminating cumbersome typing and saving time. The device is compliant with the latest industry standards–MasterCard CAP¹, Visa DPA² and German Sm@rt TAN³–and leverages the security of EMV banking cards. Gemalto is demonstrating Ezio Optical Reader at “Cartes & IDentification” this week.

With Ezio Optical Reader, performing secure online transactions has never been so easy–almost transparent for consumers. They simply present the device in front of their PC screen and the data needed for authentication and signature generation is instantly read. In addition, it requires no software installation, which facilitates its usage. By offering unmatched convenience, Ezio Optical Reader will also enable financial institutions to enlarge the scope of their Internet services offering.

“Ezio Optical Reader is a remarkable breakthrough that further demonstrates Gemalto’s capacity in terms of innovation,” commented Jacques Seneca, Executive Vice President of the Security Business Unit at Gemalto. “It is perfectly suited to meet banks’ increasing demand to widely expand the possibility to sign transactions, while guaranteeing the convenience of Internet banking.”

¹ CAP: Chip Authentication Program
² DPA: Dynamic Passcode Authentication
³ TAN: Temporary Account Number

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. For more information please visit


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