Total, leading issuer of fleet cards for the French service station sector with a 40 percent share of the market and 800,000 cardholders, announced Monday from Paris, the smart card GR Actys, a new generation of smart cards for automobile fleet managers.
Developed in close collaboration with Gemplus, the worldÃs leading supplier of smart card-based solutions, the card will introduce a new dimension to fleet management by allowing managers to give responsibility to individual users for controling the fuel budget. Magnetic stripe cards that have been on the market till now offered only limited facilities to aid fleet managers, such as transaction analysis of fuel or services purchased.
The GR Actys card is a highly secure, true payment card that uses security algorithms employed by banks. Developed over a two year period with the help of Gemplus specialists, it has already undergone a full year of testing. It is based on a microprocessor from the Gemplus MPCOS EMV (Europay Mastercard Visa specifications) range. more…Using the power of the microprocessor, the GR Actys allows users to see their levels of fuel consumption on the receipt. They receive a warning if the mileage data has been inaccurately noted. The company managing the fleet can set monthly ceilings for fuel or service expenditure and users are told how much of their allowance is left each time they fill their tank.
Another facility offered by the card is remote update of the parameters on the card, for example when the user calls at a service station.
With GR Actys and its built-in intelligence, Total is introducing a new concept that allows it to give better service to its clients, says Jean Tarrisse, Marketing Manager, Cards Division, at Total. Ã¬Total is very aware of the key role fuel purchasing plays in fleet management. It has therefore decided to go beyond its traditional role as fuel supplier to offer a new service that really helps companies rationalize their fleet management.
You will be able to attend a demonstration on the Gemplus booth D48/E47 during CARTES 98 in Paris Le CNIT from October 27th to 29th.
About Gemplus Gemplus S.C.A. ([www.gemplus.com]) is the worldÃs leading provider of plastic and smart card-based solutions. 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 industryÃs most comprehensive and flexible card-based solutions to its developers, distributors, partners, and customers.
With sales of over $US590 million in 1997, Gemplus employs more than 4,100 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.