Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC World’s First High-End SIM to Obtain American Express, MasterCard and Visa Certifications

  Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC World’s First High-End SIM to Obtain American Express,
  MasterCard and Visa Certifications

Business Wire

AMSTERDAM -- December 04, 2012

Regulatory News:

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security,
announces that its UpTeq NFC  high-end SIM has obtained certifications from
the three largest global payment networks - American Express (AMEX),
MasterCard and Visa, in addition to previous certification by EMVCo. Available
in all form factors for 2G, 3G and 4G handsets, the UpTeq NFC supports
contactless payment and other secure services via AMEX ExpressPay, MasterCard
PayPass and Visa payWave, providing unmatched flexibility to service providers
and end users.

The UpTeq NFC has been certified with the widest scope of functionalities
possible. With an optimized delta certification for product approval, this
secure service platform can be tailored to fit the needs of each individual
NFC deployment. Following the Singapore NFC launch in August, the fully
certified UpTeq NFC is now being deployed by Singapore’s three mobile
operators – M1, SingTel and StarHub – and will also support CEPAS^1, a local
payment standard used for small value purchases. The high end SIM will also be
customized for the local requirements of KDDI in Japan, Rogers in Canada and
Orange in France, amongst others.

The UpTeq NFC acts as a tamper-proof secure element for consumers’
confidential credentials and payment data and is a crucial part of enabling
NFC transactions. The strict requirements needed to obtain certification from
AMEX, MasterCard and Visa translates into confidence for end users. The
flexibility from easy ‘onboarding’ – the addition of new NFC services - also
makes it attractive for new high value services such as mobile identification,
coupon redemption, loyalty programs and transit cards. The availability of
this fully certified NFC SIM on the market provides a strategic time-to-market
advantage for mobile operators and banks looking to deploy NFC massively.

“Our involvement and experience in the telecommunications and banking sectors
have enabled us to create a high end security device that leverages the
strengths of these two industries,” commented Frédéric Vasnier, Senior Vice
President at Gemalto. “Combined with the fact that our high availability
Trusted Service Management centers in Singapore, the US and France have
received certification by MasterCard and Visa, Gemalto is offering a unique
service footprint to support mobile NFC deployment anywhere in the world.”

^1 CEPAS stands for Contactless ePurse Application

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security
with 2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 10,000 employees
operating out of 74 offices and 14 Research & Development centers, located in
43 countries.

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of
people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop,
bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable
and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile
services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy
protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and
dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

Gemalto develops secure embedded software and secure products which we design
and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these secure products, the
confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services they enable.
Our innovations offer more ways for our clients to enhance the convenience and
security of people’s digital lives.

Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to
interact with the digital and wireless world.

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