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Gemplus delivers secure SIM-based digital signature solution for SFR s Wireless PKI Commercial Pilot

CampusIDNews Staff   ||   Jan 01, 2003  ||   , ,

Gemplus (Paris Euronext: Euroclear 5768 and NASDAQ: GEMP), the world’s leading provider of smart card-enabled solutions, announces the delivery of a complete and secure SIM-based mobile commerce solution to SFR, the second largest operator in France.

SFR s Wireless PKI commercial pilot, SECURISIGN - digital signature via a mobile phone,, enables subscribers to purchase products and services from SFR merchant partners (Interflora, Allocine, etc.) and take part in lottery programs to win vouchers. Launched in November 2002, this pilot allows SFR selected subscribers to pay for purchases without transmitting their credit card details over the network and receive an electronic receipt as proof of purchase. For retailers, SECURISIGN enhances distribution channels (voice and Web) for their goods and services. They also benefit from a receipt of purchase that ensures payment from customers. The SECURISIGN solution was achieved due to the strong collaboration of leaders in their respective fields: Gemplus, Atos Origin, the international information technology service provider, and Baltimore Technologies, global leader in e-security products, services and solutions.

Atos Origin, coordinator of the consortium, was the supplier of the mSign interface, integrator and provider of the hosted signature and payment solutions. Baltimore Technologies provided its leading wireless PKI software, Telepathy, enabling the enhanced security of digital certificates and public key cryptography to be integrated.

Gemplus provided “state of the art” technology from the SIM PKI signature application and Java SIM cards (GemXploreTM Xpresso 64K PK) to the transaction gateways (GemConnect OTA and GemConnect On-line) and signature validation gateway (e-verifier). Gemplus also provided integration services and hosting of the OTA and S@T gateways in its own premises (part of GemServices, Gemplus Operated Services offer).

The Gemplus full range of products and services plays a significant role within the m-commerce value chain: the transaction gateways (OTA and S@t) provide an easy and flexible way to manage the order process between the retailer and the end-user. The retailer is able to send a summary of the order to the user who then validates the transaction by generating a secure and personal digital signature (with a private code) from the SIM. This is then verified by the e-verifier signature verification gateway. The inherent levels of security within the SIM lend weight to the electronic signature, thus providing a vital link in the global transaction process. The GemXplore Xpresso Java SIM cards are certified CC EAL5+, which is the highest level of security ever received by a SIM card.

Philippe Vallee, President of the Telecom Business Unit, said, “This project is in line with our strategy for the Telecom industry as a whole. The connection of the SIM to Server Side Software using Over The Air and S@T technology means that operators are in a strong position to offer dynamic 3rd party content and services to their subscribers. Providing this framework and hosting the services ourselves means that operators are free to concentrate on their core business safe in the knowledge that best of breed partners are taking care of their subscribers mobile commerce needs”.

About Gemplus GEMPLUS: the world’s leading provider of smart card solutions

Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable, personalised solutions that bring security and convenience to people’s lives. These include mobile Internet access, inter-operable banking facilities, e-commerce and a wealth of other applications.

Gemplus is the only completely dedicated, truly global player in the Smart Card industry, with the largest R&D team, unrivalled experience, and an outstanding track record of technological innovation.

In 2001, Gemplus was the worldwide smart card leader in both revenues and total smart card shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest and Frost & Sullivan).

Gemplus was also awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2002 Market Value Award for its exceptional performance.

Gemplus trades its shares on Euronext Paris S.A. First Market and on the NASDAQ Stock Market as GEMP in the form of ADSs. Its revenue in 2001 was 1 billion Euros.

Gemplus: Beyond Smart

About SFR

The Cegetel group was created at the end of 1996 and by 2001 was the ndeg1 private French telecommunications operator with a turnover of more than 6 billion euros, 15.5 millions customers at the end of 2001.

The group Cegetel has the support of its leading share holder Vivendi Universal and three others (Vodafone, British telecom and SBC).

SFR, mobile branch of the group, had a year which also marked by its successful bid for a 3G (UMTS) mobile telephony licence and the launch of its preparations for diversification of the ways in which mobile phones can be used.

About Atos Origin

Atos Origin is a leading international information technology services provider. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations, including outsourcing and on-line services. In August 2002, Atos Origin acquired KPMG Consulting in the UK and The Netherlands, which now trade as Atos KPMG Consulting. The company generates annual revenues of EUR 3.3 billion and employs 30,000 staff in 30 countries. The Group s client list includes major companies such as ABN-Amro, Akzo-Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, British Petroleum, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, ING, KPN, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Shell, UBS-Warburg, Unilever, Vivendi Universal, Vodafone and Wolters Kluwer. For more information, please visit the company s web site at

About Baltimore Technologies

Baltimore Technologies products, services and solutions address the fundamental security needs of e-business in distributed environments.

Baltimore s e-security technology enables companies to verify the identity of electronic counterparts and securely manages which resources and information users can access through open networks. Many of the world s leading organisations in Finance and Government have deployed Baltimore s e-security technology to enable e-business over fixed and wireless networks. Baltimore also offers worldwide support for its authorization management and public key-based authentication products.

Baltimore s products, services and solutions are sold directly as well as through its worldwide partner network, Baltimore TrustedWorld. Baltimore Technologies is a public company, trading on the London Stock Exchange (BLM).

For more information on Baltimore Technologies, please visit

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2002 Gemplus All rights reserved. Gemplus, the Gemplus logo, SIM Xplore, GemXplore and GemSuite are trademarks and service marks of Gemplus S.A. and are registered in certain countries. All other trademarks and service marks, whether registered or not in specific countries, are the property of their respective owners. Sun, Java and Java Card are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

CONTACT: Marie-Tatiana Collombert
Tel: +33 (0) 1 49 00 96 33
e-mail: [email protected]
Anne de Beaumont
Tel: +33 (0)1 49 00 96 42
e-mail: [email protected]
Steve LAcourt, Gemplus RegionalPR Manager, Gemplus
Tel: +32(0)495 29 20 26
e-mail: [email protected]

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