Gemalto provides end-to-end ePassport solution for the Sultanate of Oman

  Gemalto provides end-to-end ePassport solution for the Sultanate of Oman

Business Wire

AMSTERDAM -- February 7, 2013

Regulatory News:

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security,
will provide the Royal Oman Police with an end-to-end electronic passport
solution for the Sultanate. Applicants will be issued with state-of-the-art
secure travel documents in line with Oman’s goal to provide enhanced services
and protection to its citizens, using the latest digital security

The turnkey solution encompasses Gemalto’s ICAO* compliant Sealys ePassport
documents, and a full Coesys solution suite to enroll citizens, personalize
and issue secure documents. The multi-year contract also covers training,
support and maintenance services.

Major Royal Oman Police offices will be equipped with fixed and mobile
stations to register ePassport applicants with personal information and
biometric data. Each ePassport will feature secure eTravel embedded software
and a contactless microprocessor which will contain the holder’s digital
fingerprints and photograph to meet the uppermost in security and privacy
requirements. The comprehensive solution will facilitate Omani travelers
immigration control, and speed up the passport application and document
issuance process.

“With this project we aim at offering security, flexibility and convenience to
our citizens,” commented Major General Dr Sulaiman Al-Harthy, of the Royal
Oman Police. “Gemalto will support the smooth integration of the solution with
the existing national registry system for eID cards. Gemalto has valuable
experience in implementing ePassport programs globally and will provide us
with local support through their offices in the Sultanate.”

“Oman has been a pioneer in implementing advanced eGovernment solutions, being
the first country in the GCC to issue its citizens with Gemalto electronic ID
cards in 2002,” said Hisham Surakhi, Vice President for Government Programs in
the Middle East at Gemalto. “Now Oman is going one step further, complementing
its electronic secure documents portfolio to make international travel simpler
for its citizens, setting the pace in the region.”

In the public sector, Gemalto is contributing to more than 80 government
programs worldwide, supporting for example ePassport initiatives in Côte
d’Ivoire, Denmark, Estonia, France, Korea, Norway, Malta, Morocco, Portugal,
Singapore, Sweden and the United States of America.

*The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) sets up security and
safety specifications for e-Travel documents.

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 enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital
services to billions of individuals.

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

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