Giesecke & Devrient Opens Branch in Berlin

Giesecke & Devrient Opens Branch in Berlin

Representative office will highlight innovative products and solutions for government applications

Munich/Berlin, July 28, 2005–Today, international technology group Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) will be opening its Government Solution Center (GSC) in Berlin, Germany. The heart of the GSC will be a presentation room showcasing innovative products and solutions for government agency related applications. The branch office, located in Berlin’s government district, also has conference and meeting rooms. Directly next to the GSC are located the Berlin offices of IT security service provider Secunet AG. Their proximity to G&D’s new premises will allow visitors to acquaint themselves with the technologies and solutions offered by the G&D affiliate as well–all in one location.

“Closeness to our key clients in Germany is important to us,” says Dr. Karsten Ottenberg, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO at Giesecke & Devrient, explaining the decision to set up shop in Berlin. “The G&D experts at our Government Solution Center will be able to give competent demonstrations of our innovative products and solutions to ministerial and government agency representatives from home and abroad, even on a moment’s notice,” adds Ottenberg.

In Berlin, G&D will present applications and security solutions for future-oriented utilization of information technology by governments and their agencies.

The products will cover topics ranging from biometrics to IT security to electronic identity documents. The G&D Government Solution Center offers the best possible grounds–namely, concrete applications–for continuously engaging customers in discussions concerning the future challenges facing modern states when it comes to protecting their citizens, which is why the GSC will continuously expand and update the spectrum of products and solutions on display.

The GSC will operate following a concept of “technology at your fingertips.” For example, the practical implementation of an electronic health care card will be demonstrated via its interaction with a health professional card at the doctor’s office or pharmacy. The application of passports containing biometric information stored on a microchip and related electronic personal ID cards will be demonstrated on the basis of the complete process of personalization–from data acquisition to data processing and final production of these electronic identity documents. The office will also present a solution for secure communication between PCs at government agencies using SINA (Secure Inter-Network Architecture) as well as one for application of the Trusted Online Solutions (T.O.S.) security platform, as illustrated by Germany’s electronic tax return forms (ELSTER).

About Giesecke & Devrient:

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a technology leader in the field of smart cards, providing smart card based solutions for telecommunications, electronic payment, health care, ID, transportation, and IT security (PKI). G&D is also a leading producer of banknotes and security documents and is dominant in the field of currency automation. Based in Munich, Germany, the G&D Group operates subsidiaries and joint ventures around the world. In fiscal 2004, the group employed some 7,300 people and generated revenue of €1.16 billion. For more information, please visit our Web site at