Oberthur Card Systems Announces FIPS 201 Certification

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 21, 2006--Oberthur Card Systems, one of the leading smart card suppliers to the Government ID Market, has become the first provider of a FIPS 201 certified smart card. With this certification, Government Agencies and other organizations now have a commercial source of dual interface smart cards to meet requirements as part of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12.

"We are pleased to have achieved this significant milestone. Oberthur Card Systems' mandate is to continually establish a leadership role in the market through its range of products and services. It again demonstrates that close customer consultation and focus is the key to meeting market need," said Patrick Hearn, Director of Government and ID Markets.

Oberthur Card Systems of America is the only company in the U.S. to offer an identification solution that couples smart card manufacturing with card personalization, carrier attachment and activation services as well as the exclusive rights to the card software applets. Additionally, Oberthur Card Systems government smart card products are manufactured and personalized in the United States in ISO certified environments; a significant advantage for Agencies looking for a Shared Services Provider of ID Credentialing.

"This specific smart card product will make a great addition to our TotalIDOne solution, it can be applied to a variety of identification needs such as First Responders, Transportation Workers and Registered Travelers, and with our vertical integration capabilities, we have a complete centralized ID management package, which is a critical need for many enterprises today," Hearn continued. "In addition, Oberthur Card Systems' personalization presence throughout the continental U.S. provides a competitive advantage for rapid national deployment."

About Oberthur Card Systems

With sales of 500.8 million Euros in 2005, Oberthur Card Systems is one of the world's leading providers of card-based solutions, software and applications including SIM and multi-application smart cards as well as services ranging from consulting to personalization.

Innovative products, security expertise and high quality services ensure Oberthur Card Systems' strong positioning in its main target markets:

-- Payment & Services: 53% of 2005 revenues. World leader and number one supplier of Visa and MasterCard payment cards.

-- Mobile Communications: 32% of 2005 revenues, with open and interoperable solutions based on Java(TM) technology.

-- Identity: strong positions in ID projects throughout the world.

-- Multimedia: leading position in the Pay-TV market with an end-to-end expertise in the value chain: software development, manufacturing and personalization.

-- Transit: focus in the high-end segment with a microprocessor-based offer.

Close to its customers, the company benefits from an industrial and commercial presence across all five continents. Listed on the Euronext Stock Exchange (ISIN: FR0000124133) since July 2000, Oberthur Card Systems is a subsidiary of the Francois-Charles Oberthur Group.

For more information, visit www.oberthurcs.com.

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