The United States Government Printing Office Awards Multi-Year Contract to Gemalto for ePassport Solution

The United States Government Printing Office Awards Multi-Year Contract to Gemalto for ePassport Solution

Austin, TX – Aug 14, 2012 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653), the world leader in digital security, today announced the second consecutive five-year contract win from the Government Printing Office (GPO) to deliver ICAO compliant electronic eCovers and secure pre-personalization services. GPO will supply the complete electronic passport book and related services to The Department of State for issuance to U.S. citizens.

Gemalto has been a primary supplier to GPO since inception of the Electronic Passport which began deployment in 2005. During this new contract assessment phase, the Gemalto Sealys™ solution was thoroughly evaluated and confirmed to meet the agency requirements for privacy protection, production yield, durability and communications performance. Since 2005, GPO has produced more than 80 million passports containing secure electronic devices.

“ePassports provide effective, efficient and rapid passage through border control points, addressing two major concerns for the Department of State: ease of use and, above all, security,” said Neville Pattinson, senior vice president, Gemalto North America. “This new contract award reinforces Gemalto’s position as the number one identity solutions provider for the U.S. Federal Government, securing the identities of U.S. citizens and government employees.”

Gemalto is an experienced global leader for credentials management, from enrollment to issuance and usage in a broad range of governmental and commercial applications, and is delivering its technologies to a large number of ePassport programs around the world. In the U.S., Gemalto has already supplied over 35 million smartcard based identity credentials to the Federal Government and its contractors, from both its Protiva range of IDCore Common Access Cards (CAC) and IDPrime PIV (Personal Identity Verification) cards, as well as its Sealys ePassports.

Editor’s note: ICAO stands for International Civil Aviation Organization, the global standards agency regulating air transportation and border-crossing procedures.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 10,000 employees operating out of 74 offices and 14 Research & Development centers in 43 countries.

We are at the heart of our rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work–anytime, everywhere–in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, identity protection, authenticated online services, cloud computing access, eHealthcare and eGovernment services, modern transportation solutions and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication.

Gemalto develops secure software that runs on trusted devices which we design and personalize. We manage these devices, the confidential data they contain and the services they enable, throughout their life cycle. We innovate so that our clients can offer more ways of enhancing the convenience and security of their end-users’ digital lives.

Gemalto is thriving with the growing number of people using its software and secure devices to interact in the digital and wireless world.

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