Gemplus, the world’s leading provider of smart card based solutions, won three of the prestigious Sesames awards at CARTES ’99, the world’s biggest international smart card show, the company said Friday. The jury of independent journalists attributed the award for Best Innovation to Gemplus’ SmartX. SmartX is a new software technology that simplifies smart card-based application development and deployment. It enables card and terminal independence, and allows for web-based maintainability. It has already received support from companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.
The two other awards were CEPS-Compliant Proton Electronic Purse, which carried off the Best Application “Banking/Finance” award and SEDODEL, developped by Euritis, recently acquired by Gemplus which won the Sesame Best Application ‘E.Commerce’ award.
The CEPS-compliant Proton e-purse from Proton World, implemented on the GemProton CEPS card from Gemplus, combines the de facto international e-purse standard with the worlds most widely-used smart card technology. This is the first step towards internationally interoperable smart card transactions.
Gemplus won the third award for its SEDODEL system, a remarkable way to foster democratic access to the information society while securing electronic trade in digital contents. SEDODEL provides electronic contents to visually impaired people with the help of smart card-based parameterization of a users workstation. Using Gemplus technology, it provides a high level security infrastructure designed to cover the entire delivery chain of multimedia documents and to ensure that the intellectual property rights of content providers and editors are properly respected.
‘The award of these three Sesames at the world’s largest smart card show further draws attention to the lead Gemplus is building over competition,” said Marc Lassus President of Gemplus. “We are especially excited over the Best Innovation award as Gemplus believes that SmartX technology will increase considerably the number of new generation smart cards being developed using popular programming languages such as Java technology, C++ and Visual Basic and leveraging widely deployed legacy systems.”
About Gemplus: Gemplus S.C.A. ([www.gemplus.com]) is the world’s leading provider of plastic and smart card-based solutions (by units sold, source: Dataquest 1998). Gemplus sells magnetic stripe cards, memory and microprocessor-based smart cards, smart contactless cards, electronic tags and smart objects. The company designs and markets software, development tools and readers. Gemplus also provides consulting, training and personalization services to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive and flexible card-based solutions to its developers, distributors, partners, and customers.
With sales of over $US648 million in 1998, Gemplus employs more than 4,300 people in 10 manufacturing facilities, 5 R&D centers and 41 sales and marketing offices located in 27 countries around the world. Founded in 1988, Gemplus has successfully implemented portable and secure smart card-based solutions to simplify applications such as public and wireless communications, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, identity, physical access control, pay TV, electronic commerce, Internet security, logical access control and information technology.