Gemplus launches smart identity management systems for North American businesses

Gemplus launches smart identity management systems for North American businesses

SafesITe Enterprise and SafesITe Corporate help companies consolidate security infrastructure and secure access to buildings and networks with a single smart badge

Luxembourg and San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, RSA 2005 Conference, February 14, 2005–Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294–GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP), the world’s leading provider of smart card solutions, today announces the launches of SafesITe Enterprise and SafesITe Corporate, two new smart identity management systems tailored to meet the needs of large enterprises and growing corporations based in North America. The two systems are based-on Gemplus’s global smart card-based identity management solution suite, SafesITe, and combine network and building access control on a single, smart badge for enablement of two-factor authentication and the consolidation of security infrastructures.

Corporations and large multi-national enterprises have distinct identity management and security requirements, which is why Gemplus has packaged and integrated two specific systems to address each of their needs. SafesITe Corporate is a user-friendly and readily deployable system that helps growing corporations deploy and manage smart badges in Windows® environments for building and network access. SafesITe Enterprise is a flexible system that addresses the complex and wide scale needs of large multi-national enterprises. Beyond building and network access, SafesITe Enterprise also manages applications for parking, vending, medical, and cafeteria payments. Customers of SafesITe Enterprise include The Boeing Company and Pfizer, Inc.

SafesITe Enterprise and SafesITe Corporate include smart cards, desktop software, readers, a management system, as well as personalization, issuance, and professional services. All components of the system are pre-integrated and tested, ensuring ready deployment and interoperability throughout a company’s legacy environment. By embedding smart chips onto employee badges, organizations are able to leverage existing physical access infrastructure for network security.

“SafesITe Enterprise and SafesITe Corporate are cost-efficient alternatives to password-based systems, tokens, and remote access systems that have high maintenance and replacement costs. Their single sign-on capabilities act to reduce helpdesk calls and eliminate password replacement, while having a single identity management system for both physical and logical access decreases overall infrastructure for additional cost savings and reduced overhead,” said Dave Ludin, Vice-President of Gemplus’s ID & Security business unit in North America. “Gemplus is very proud of the early success of our SafesITe systems in North America with deployments from a number of high-profile companies and we look forward to deploying our offer in international markets in the future.”

“The Boeing Company has been using a smart identity solution based-on Gemplus’s SafesITe Enterprise for over a year now as part of our SecureBadge program,” said Sharon Lindley, SecureBadge program director in Boeing Shared Services Group. “When defining the program it was important for us to find a system that could securely manage PKI credentials and cost-effectively provision identification of 200,000 people across several countries, facilities, and networks. SafesITe Enterprise gave us this flexibility and enabled us to offer additional convenience applications on one secure badge.”

To learn more about SafesITe Enterprise and SafesITe Corporate, please visit the Gemplus booth #1021 at RSA Conference 2005 in San Francisco, CA from February 15-17.

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.