Gemplus Technology Chosen by Saflink for SureAccess Multifactor Biometric Reader

Companies partner for integrated reader designed to comply with FIPS 201


LUXEMBOURG and ARLINGTON, Virginia, April 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP), a leading provider of secure card solutions, announces the integration of its GemProx contactless reader into the SureAccess(TM) all-weather biometric smart card reader from Saflink(R). The integrated smart card reader solution is designed to comply with the US government's stringent Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 requirements.

In light of an increasing need for secure access to key national facilities, the Saflink SureAccess reader can strengthen security for both seaports and airports, and can be integrated with many existing physical access control systems. It is designed to comply with the HSPD-12/FIPS 201 directive which will provide interoperable credentials for all federal employees and contractors.

Saflink turned to Gemplus to provide the technology for reading the contactless ID cards carried by authorized personnel in secure facilities. GemProx is a range of contactless interfaces which are already in use for a range of applications including access control, transport, payment and border control.

"We needed a proven reader that could be easily integrated into our SureAccess product" commented, Glenn Argenbright, CEO, Saflink. "Gemplus's reader technology expertise along with their experience in the US federal space, were deciding factors".

SureAccess is the first in a family of products designed to meet the strict requirements of the National Institute of Standards and Technologies' (NIST) Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201, also known as Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of federal employees and contractors.

"Gemplus sees a great future for secure ID products in the US" commented Jeff Ross, VP & GM ID & Security Gemplus Corp "and by making our products as easy as possible to integrate, companies like Saflink can take advantage of them for new applications in even the most demanding environments".

The FIPS 201-compliant biometric smart card reader is on display at an 'evaluation lab' at the Saflink facility in Reston, Virginia.

About Gemplus

Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP) is a world leading player in the secure card industry in both revenue and total shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest 2005, Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor). It has sold over 5.5 billion smart cards.

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 2005 was 939 million Euros. www.gemplus.com For more information: Tim Cawsey Rebecca Naysan Gemplus Edelman Tel: +1-215-390-2812 Tel: +1-212-704-8245 Email: tim.cawsey@gemplus.com Email: rebecca.naysan@gemplus.com

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