BodyCom Technologies and Gemplus, announced they have entered into a Joint Marketing Agreement. Under the agreement, both companies will cooperate in promoting and marketing their respective products in order to increase customer recognition of the benefits of the joint use of Gemplus and BodyCom products.
Through its fully integrated smart card reader, the Forum will offer radical new applications such as highly secure mobile on-line financial transactions, on-line banking and cutting edge point-of-sale electronic purchases, in conjunction with the Bluetooth short-range RF.
Numerous countries worldwide are seriously considering the implementation of smart citizen Identity cards providing access to government and public services anywhere, anytime. BodyCom’s wireless and portable terminals will definitely provide the necessary cornerstone to enable authorities to securely access identity, driving license and car insurance information with a user-friendly, privacy sensitive and convenient workstation. BodyCom’s optional fingerprint sensor will enable Off and On-line identity verification of smart citizen ID card holders.
Dr. Bruno Lassus, VP of Healthcare and Identity Solutions at Gemplus also mentions interesting opportunities using the BodyCom’s Forum(TM) for healthcare applications in socialized medicine countries where he has already implemented some national smart health insurance and medical card programs. “These countries have medical providers visiting patients at home and Forum(TM) would provide an exceptional and expected secure solution enabling real-time eligibility verification but also accessing remote medical information and finally submitting wireless electronic claims processing,” he claims.
BodyCom’s Forum line of communicators combines the very best features of wireless mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). The Forum enables revolutionary and secure m-commerce, and multi-media functionality. Through the use of miniaturized and robust technologies, the Forum is a truly pocket-sized Smart Mobile Device (SMD), with fully integrated GSM, GPRS and Bluetooth capabilities. In addition there is a highly sophisticated module expansion architecture, known as the “Backpack(TM).” These sophisticated USB Backpacks will allow BodyCom and third parties to provide any additional functionality to the basic communicator, including a Fingerprint Sensor; Campack; Compact Flash Type II, GPS, 802.11, and numerous other features.
“BodyCom is excited to partner with Gemplus because of its demonstrated leadership in delivering market leading smart card solutions,” said BodyCom Chairman and CEO Michael Ausems. “This partnership leverages the strengths of both companies and will enable the healthcare system to streamline inter-organization communication with uncompromising personal privacy or security. The improved communication resulting from the use of our Forum Communicator and Gemplus technology will help reduce administrative costs and improve the quality of healthcare.”
GEMPLUS: world Leader of smart card based solutions
Since its creation in 1988, Gemplus has been driving the worldwide deployment and marketing of smart card based specific applications and services for telecommunication, financial services and e-business security.
Gemplus smart card technology has been a driving force in the deployment of wireless telephony since 1990, when SIM cards were introduced into the GSM standard. Since, Gemplus has enhanced SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) technology to provide greater value-added services to most wireless operators and their network subscribers. Gemplus now provides products compliant with new transmission standards (2.5 Generation, 3 Generation).
Gemplus is present throughout the value chain: chip design, software development, card management system and consulting. Gemplus provides its clients and partners with comprehensive, integrated, tailor-made solutions for their security, personalization and privacy management needs.
In 2000, revenue was 1.205 BE, up 57% from the previous year’s 767 ME. Net income was 99 ME. Gemplus employs over 7870 people in more than 37 countries worldwide. Gemplus shares are traded on Euronext Paris S.A. Premier Marche and on Nasdaq Stock Market since December 11, 2000. Gemplus Nasdaq Stock Market = GEMP
BodyCom Technologies’ mission is to be the world’s leading provider of truly pocket-sized, highly integrated, GPRS, UMTS and Bluetooth-enabled SMDs. Communicators that offer extreme ease-of-use, and enable revolutionary internet-based, m-commerce applications.
Founded in 1998, BodyCom is privately held and headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Please visit [http://www.bodycom.com] for further information, or contact Michael Ausems on 650/324-9160, email@example.com.