Based on Smart Card Technology, ResIDent Enables Governments to Deliver
Secure, Versatile and Convenient Identification Services to Their Populations
PARIS, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Cartes 2002 -
Gemplus (Nasdaq: GEMP; Paris Euronext: Euroclear 5768), the world’s leading
provider of smart card-enabled solutions, today launched ResIDent, a smart
card-based ID system designed for advanced e-Government programs. ResIDent is
based on Gemplus’ proven portfolio of smart card technology and expertise, and
enables governments to offer more secure, versatile and convenient
identification services to their populations, both in physical and digital
As ID fraud increases, governments turn to secure smart card technology
The ResIDent secure ID solution responds to the growing need for a more
reliable identification method amongst governments worldwide. As a result of
increasing theft and fraud of traditional ID documents, smart card technology
has emerged as the most secure and flexible identification and communication
medium available today. There are a number of smart card-based e-Government
and ID programs being undertaken around the globe that deliver applications
such as driver’s license, immigration visa and healthcare records to a new
generation of ID cardholders. In 2001, 32 million smart cards were shipped
within the government and healthcare sectors (Eurosmart 2001).
“The terrorist attack of 9/11 has acted as a catalyst to create awareness
of security and the need for organizations and governments to secure
information,” said Anoop Ubhey, smart card industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan.
“National ID projects are beginning to take off across the world and I believe
this market will be one of the key applications over the coming years. I would
expect to see explosive growth in the future. With ResIDent, Gemplus offers
all the components necessary for system integrators engaging complex ID
projects, enabling them to design advanced smart card systems tailored to the
specific requirements of any government organization.”
Less than one month ago, the Sultanate of Oman became the first country in
the Middle East to commit to a smart card-based ID system for digital
identification of their population. The system, including issuance of more
than 1.2 million cards, is fully based on Gemplus’ ResIDent solution.
ResIDent solves integration issues for system integrators
Successful e-Government and ID programs require the compatibility and
integration of several technology components, from cards and terminals to
software and personalization – a process that could become quite time-
consuming for system integrators. Pre-integrated and tested, ResIDent makes
system integration easier and speeds time-to-market for complex ID programs.
Equally important, ResIDent delivers an open and modular ID platform that
allows governments the flexibility to exchange one technology component for
another, and offers a full range of technology supporting the very simple to
the most complex of ID systems. The ResIDent secure ID solution includes smart
cards, readers, software, card management and issuance system, personalization
services, and consulting, integration, training and maintenance services.
State-of-the-art security that applies in both physical and digital
ResIDent provides a bridge between physical and digital worlds by enabling
secure identification and access to information and services in both on- and
off-line mode. When applied in a web-based environment ResIDent offers a wide
array of security features such as strong authentication, digital signatures,
and tamper proof storage of pass codes and encryption keys. On top of chip
security, ResIDent possesses advanced security printing and personalization
techniques, ensuring a high-level of integrity of the ID card in physical
“A smart ID card has the unique ability to carry identity credentials that
apply in both on- and off-line environments, and that can be continuously
updated over time, hence supporting the long-term and continuously changing
needs of governments worldwide,” said Olivier Chavrier, Gemplus marketing
director of ID & security. “ResIDent delivers a versatile ID system that can
easily be tailored to the specific requirements of governments and system
integrators, and one that will help our customers to fully benefit from the
capabilities and advantages of smart card-based e-Government and ID programs.”
Delivered by the smart card leader with more ID references than any other
Having been in the identification market for more than ten years, Gemplus
is today the leading provider of smart card-based ID solutions worldwide, and
has a broad experience of working with governments and system integrators in
many countries. It started with national defense ID programs (e.g.: U.S.
Department of Defense) and quickly enlarged to national schemes in healthcare
(e.g.: France, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium), immigration control & electronic
visas (e.g.: Singapore, Philippines), social welfare and pension (South
Africa), vehicle registration (e.g.: Mexico) and driving license programs
(e.g.: Argentina, El Salvador). Furthermore, Gemplus was recently awarded with
a contract in the Sultanate of Oman to deliver the first smart card-based ID
system ever to be deployed in the Middle East.
ResIDent will be demonstrated at the Cartes 2002 conference in Paris,
November 5-7 in Gemplus booth # 3G 031, hall 3.
GEMPLUS: the world’s leading provider of smart card solutions
Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable,
personalized 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
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Nasdaq Stock Market as GEMP in the form of ADSs. Its revenue in 2001 was
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For more information contact:
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Gemplus Public Relations
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Gemplus Corporate PR Manager
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