Minneapolis, MN – March 6, 2002 – Datacard Group is pleased to announce the signing of a distribution agreement with Infineer, a leading provider of smart card solutions for the education sector. Under this distribution agreement, Datacard will market and distribute Infineer’s smart card solutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America via its extensive sales and distribution channels. Datacard’s market position in the ID system and smart card multi-applications market combined with Infineer’s proven campus smart card applications will offer an affordable, end-to-end solution previously unavailable to North and South American customers.
Infineer provides card-based solutions for educational and corporate sites and has considerable smart card application technology. Their flagship product, ChipNet, is a multi-application smart card system, which allows users to prepay for a range of services including networked printing and photocopying. ChipNet has already achieved significant success in the UK with installations in over seventy school sites and more than forty corporate sites.
Datacard provides solutions and expertise to cost-effectively deploy digital ID programs from the simplest school ID systems, to solutions that integrate multiple campus functions into a single, multi-purpose card. Datacard offers the only proven fully integrated infrastructure for multi-application smart card issuance and post-issuance life cycle management.
“The new distribution agreement gives both companies an opportunity to offer a complete solution, with Datacard providing the secure ID program and Infineer bringing the cashless transaction element to the smart card” said Martin Kearsley, senior vice president and general manager for Datacard’s Solutions division. “The initial focus will be on targeting ChipNet to schools servicing kindergarten to grade 12, before targeting corporate customers.”
Bernard Delahaye, managing director of Infineer, commented, “Datacard is an excellent partner match for Infineer. We look forward to developing our Campus Business, delivering solutions through this talented and experienced group.”
Datacard Group provides software, systems and professional services needed to build profitable card programs. The company’s solutions portfolio also includes a complete line of secure digital identity and card personalization systems. Datacard Group is privately held and based in Minnetonka, Minn. Datacard Group serves customers in more than 120 countries. (www.datacard.com)
Infineer is a global provider of card-based solutions for educational and corporate sites. It is a subsidiary of PubliCARD Inc., based in New York (www.Infineer.com) with a technology base in Northern Ireland and a sales and marketing base in London. Infineer boasts over 25 years experience in the cashless payment solutions market, specializing in delivering multiple applications on a single smart card.