Oberthur Card Systems to Provide HSPD-12 Cards for Department of Interior

March 15, 2006
Oberthur lands multi-year contract for all DOI cards

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 14, 2006--Oberthur Card Systems, one of the leading smart card suppliers to the Government ID Market, has won a contract to issue the TotalIDOne smart card solution to all personnel within the Department of the Interior as well as any Agencies that contract through the National Business Center for their HSPD-12 needs. Under the multi-year program, Oberthur Card Systems will manufacture and issue all DOI identification cards as part of the Department's HSPD-12 mandate.

"We are pleased to have been selected by the Department of the Interior for this significant program. It again demonstrates that there is strong demand in the Identity Management Market for highly secure Centralized Issuance packages within the Federal Community," said Philippe Tartavull, President of Oberthur Card Systems' American division.

Oberthur Card Systems is the only US Company offering an identification ID solution which includes smart card manufacturing, personalization, fulfillment and activation services, as well as the exclusive rights to the card software applets. Additionally, all Oberthur Card Systems smart card products provided to the government market are FIPS 140-2 certified and FIPS 201 compliant, a requirement for any ID card product sold to the US Federal Government.

"This specific smart card solution, TotalIDOne, can be applied to a variety of identification environments, and with our vertical integration capabilities, we have a complete centralized ID management package, which is a critical need for many enterprises today," Tartavull continued. "In addition, Oberthur Card Systems' personalization presence throughout the continental US 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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