FINO Adopts Gemalto Smartcards To Accelerate Microbanking Deployment In India

Smartcard for microbanking promises to simplify access to funds and facilitate trade amongst under-banked in India
Amsterdam - Mumbai, June 25, 2007 - Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced the successful introduction of smartcard technology with biometric authentication for Financial Information Network & Operations Ltd. (FINO) in India. The Gemalto solution conveniently and securely stores transaction records inside the smart card to enable microbanking and simplifies access to financial services for the under-banked population in rural India.
 
FINO provides end-to-end core banking technology solutions including smart cards to microfinance partners, banks and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) involved in serving low-income households in the urban and rural regions in India as business correspondents of large institutions. Currently, an estimated 500 million people in these areas are either not served or are underserved by the finance sector (source: Ananth Bindu, et. al – A blueprint for the delivery of Comprehensive Financial Service to the poor in India, www.icicisocialinitiatives.org, Dec 2004).
 
Each FINO card developed by Gemalto can hold up to 15 different types of secure applications that facilitate financial services such as deposit remittances, savings, loans, insurance and e-purses.
 
In addition, the card acts as an electronic statement to log all transactions with the ability to store the last 150 transactions (up to 10 transactions per service). Transactions are validated using biometric authentication, which provides one of the highest degree of digital security available today. End-user transaction is approved after fingerprint information is read using low-cost readers and then verified by the card microcomputer at business correspondents facilities and at selected retail outlets and partner premises.
 
“One of the biggest challenges in the microbanking industry is the huge amount of paperwork and human effort traditionally involved in supporting micro-transactions and credit-scoring potential customers. High costs coupled with low returns did not make microfinance viable beyond a certain threshold, thus hampering growth,” said Manish Khera, chief executive officer of FINO. “This one-card-does-all solution resolves these barriers to growth by providing end-users with an easy-to-use and highly secure mode to conduct financial transactions, and for us to supervise transactions electronically.”
 
“Digital security is usually associated with developed markets,” added Dr Martin McCourt, President, South Asia, Gemalto. “This FINO deployment is a great example of how smart card technology can be used to bring banking services to the world’s unbanked, helping them to help themselves. We are proud at Gemalto to be part of this initiative that will effectively contribute towards developing poorer urban and rural areas in India.”
 
 
 
 


About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is a leader in digital security with pro forma 2006 annual revenues of €1.7 billion, operations in about 100 countries and over 10,000 employees including 1,500 R&D engineers.
In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our lives, Gemalto’s solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable.
Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the development of software applications through design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and tokens to the management of deployment services for its customers.
More than a billion people worldwide use the company's products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.
Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus.
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About Financial Information Network & Operations Ltd. (FINO)

Financial Information Network & Operations (FINO), a multi bank promoted company is a pioneering company providing cutting edge smart card based multi application solutions to “unbanked” in Banking,Microfinance,Insurance and Government sectors primarily located in rural & semi urban areas of India. FINO ethos is becoming a sectoral venture for serving the rural masses.FINO executes end to end turnkey solutions for LFI’s including hardware/software, system integration, transaction network, operations, maintenance & training. FINO helps organizations improve efficiencies considerably reducing overall project cost. In fact, FINO’s concept is to take banking and the banking technology to un-banked masses in the country. www.fino.co.in



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