Gemplus addresses rapidly growing contactless market with its new range of proximity readers

Gemplus addresses rapidly growing contactless market with its new range of proximity readers

GemProx readers to engage contactless security markets in identity, payment, mass-transit and physical access control

Luxembourg, 9 June 2005–Gemplus International S.A. Euronext: LU0121706294–GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP), the world’s leading provider of smart card solutions, is reinforcing its contactless access control offer by introducing “GemProx”, a contactless reader product range dedicated to rapidly growing markets such as identity, proximity payments, physical access control and mass transit. The speed and convenience of contactless technology mean that fast food restaurants, gas stations, public transport services, banks and many other industries are set to create significant demand for this sort of solution. The GemProx range is specifically designed to provide system integrators with a cost-efficient and easily deployable 13.56 MHz proximity contactless technology.

Having been an innovator and leader in smart contactless technology since the very beginning of its use, with millions of cards issued for applications in loyalty, transportation/mass-transit and physical access, Gemplus possesses unique experience and expertise in this field. With GemProx, Gemplus aims to reproduce in the contactless reader market its global leadership in the contact reader market, where for the third consecutive year it was ranked as the number one smart card reader manufacturer (Frost & Sullivan, 2004).

“Our goal is to make contactless technology as easy to use as the contact one, even to those who do not have any experience in Radio Frequency developments”, said Alain Sigaud, Vice President Gemplus Smart Card Reader Solutions. “Gemplus’s unrivalled involvement and experience with international standards organizations is well reflected in our GemProx reader offering, which fully complies with the latest contactless industry standards, including PayPass and ICAO specifications”.

The GemProx reader range is capable of reading any ISO 14443 type A and/or B contactless cards, and is fully compatible with the FIPS 2011 standard. In addition it offers a high-level interface for T=CL cards and Mifare™ cards. The complete range includes both modular and customized readers, as well as OEM couplers, chipsets, development kits, and all necessary services. GemProx customers will benefit from shorter time-to-market, reduced R&D costs, high performance, strong security, and full interoperability.

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1FIPS 201–Federal Information Processing Standard 201 is a new U.S. Government standard released on February 25, 2005 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

About Gemplus

Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294–GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP) is the world’s leading player in the smart card industry in both revenue and total shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest (2004), Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor.). It has sold over 5 billion smart cards.

With security at its core, and 2400 patents produced by its innovative R&D team, Gemplus delivers a wide range of portable, personalized solutions in areas including Identity, Mobile Telecommunications, Public Telephony, Banking, Retail, Transport, Healthcare, WLAN, Pay-TV, e-government, and access control.

Gemplus’ revenue in 2004 was 865 million Euros.