Gemplus Corporation today announced that its smart card personalization center in Shakopee, MN, has personalized its 1 millionth smart card. Personalization is the process by which smart cards are formatted according to a card issuer’s specifications. When a card is personalized, information about the issuer’s services as well as information pertinent to the user is programmed into the smart card’s chip.
Shakopee is the only North American smart card facility certified to personalize GSM, Visacash, and Mondex cards. Gemplus, in keeping with certification guidelines, must adhere to strict production procedures and meet special quality and security standards.
“Personalization services throughout the world have become a core competency for Gemplus, and our dedication to this business ensures a commitment to complete customer satisfaction,” said Scott Rau, vice president of the North American financial transactions business division for Gemplus. “Gemplus continues to focus energy and business strategy towards personalization services particularly in the Americas, to ensure competency and excellence in a variety of customer business disciplines.”
Gemplus Corporation is the North American subsidiary of Gemplus Group, the world’s leading producer of plastic and smart cards. It manufactures and sells memory cards, microprocessor cards (both contact and contactless), magnetic stripe cards, as well as electronic tags. It also designs and markets software, terminals and systems; and provides personalization, consultancy and training services to offer its customers comprehensive solutions.
In 1996, Gemplus Group’s total sales were $440 million. By the end of 1997, the company will have a production capacity of 900 million plastic and smart cards.
Gemplus sells its products worldwide for such applications as public and cellular telephony, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, gaming, identity, access control, pay TV, security for computer networks and electronic commerce. Information about Gemplus’ products and services can be found on the World Wide Web at: .Details