Gemplus takes home Silver Prize at the EPCA/ECR Excellence in Payments Innovation Awards
GemSense Instant Issuance wins award in the category for the most innovative and advanced Payments Software/Hardware Product
LUXEMBURG, April 6, 2006 – Gemplus
International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 – GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP), a world leading
provider of secure card-based solutions, announces that GemSense Instant Issuance, its new
personalization and card issuance solution, was awarded the Silver Prize in the category for
the most innovative and advanced Payments Software/Hardware Product launched in 2005 at the
EPCA*/ ECR** Innovation Awards 2005 at its ceremony in Amsterdam on April 4th.
Launched in November 2005 and part of the GemSense range, GemSense Instant Issuance
allows banks and retailers to securely personalize chip cards at bank branches or points
of sale. Easy to deploy, cardholders can be given a fully personalized smart payment card
at their own branch in a matter of minutes, using a small desktop personalization machine.
GemSense Instant Issuance is ideal for quick card replacement bringing greater
flexibility to issuers. This can help with customer segmentation strategies, for instance,
it could be a premium service to VIP customers or be used to issue co-branded card programs
at retailers’ premises. This solution remains fully compatible with personalization centers where financial
institutions can outsource the personalization for high volumes.
GemSense Instant Issuance
has won this accolade thanks to its unique design which guarantees easy deployment,
provides remote monitoring and technical support. It is compatible with all cards and
personalization machines, giving issuers the freedom to choose the most suitable
personalization solution for them.
"We are delighted to receive this award, which demonstrates that our product and
services’ strategy goes beyond the traditional payment card business” says Philippe
David, vice president, business development, Financial Services “We are committed to
driving the market forward with innovative solutions for our customers, which answer
their needs for personalization and online authentication, to name a few”.
* European Payments Consulting Association
** European Card Review
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 billions of
smart cards and other secure 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.
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