Gemplus, together with Philips Semiconductors, has become the first card manufacturer to be certified for the new, type 1 GeldKarte (the German e-purse system), which will be available from October 2000. The Zentraler Kreditausschuss (ZKA – Central Credit Committee) has certified the hardware/software combination that consists of the operating system for the new GeldKarte, developed by Gemplus, and the highly secure and efficient Philips Semiconductors chip card IC P8WE6017. This solution is now officially approved for use on Germany’s banking chip cards.
! With the new operating system the GeldKarte type 1 is ready for the introduction of the Euro and the increasing internationalisation of payment methods. A cross-border pilot project called PACE (Purse Application for Crossborder Use in Euro) has already started. Future security of the GeldKarte payment system has also been improved within the scope of the terminal software update and the adaptation of the background systems. One example of this is the additional authenticity check when a payment is made.
The GeldKarte type 1 operating system – developed by ODS prior to its take-over by Gemplus – is based on the revised interface specification for the 4.x version ZKA chip card. The approval was based on the positive acceptance test on functionality and the security expertise on hardware and software developed in close co-operation between Gemplus and Philips Semiconductors.
Gemplus ([www.gemplus.com] ) is the world’s number one provider of smart card based solutions for security, wireless and e-business applications. Offering consultancy services, design, software, hardware, personalization and full implementation, Gemplus works with its customers around the world to deliver comprehensive, integrated and tailor-made smart card based systems. The Group’s customers use Gemplus memory and microprocessor smart cards, smart contactless cards, electronic tags, smart objects and magnetic stripe cards to simplify and secure a wide range of applications. From Web based and mobile commerce to financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education healthcare, identity, pay TV and physical and logical access control, Gemplus provides intelligent end-to-end solutions that bring security, convenience and ease-of-use to millions of people worldwide.
Founded in 1988, Gemplus had sales of over 767 millions of Euro ($US 817 millions) in 1999, and employs almost 6,300 people in 17 manufacturing facilities, 7 R&D centers and 44 sales and marketing offices located in more than 37 countries.