3M, Gemalto, Morpho (Safran) and Oberthur Technologies Create the ‘Secure Identity Alliance’

  3M, Gemalto, Morpho (Safran) and Oberthur Technologies Create the ‘Secure
  Identity Alliance’

   Open, industry-wide association aims to promote Secure Digital Identity
           Services and convenient interoperable secure eDocuments

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. & AMSTERDAM & PARIS -- May 13, 2013

Regulatory News:

Leading secure eDocuments companies 3M, Gemalto, Morpho (a division of Safran)
and Oberthur Technologies announced the formation of the Secure Identity
Alliance, a grouping dedicated to developing the usage of government-issued
eDocuments (identity, health cards, driving licenses and ePassports in
particular) for increased security, and to encourage deployment of secure
convenient online services strengthening the privacy of the end-users.

The Secure Identity Alliance's major objectives are to accelerate the
transition to smart eDocuments and enable an open, interoperable and efficient
roll-out of trusted eGovernment online services by:

  *Describing and promoting use cases of convenient value-added eGovernment
    services,
  *Sharing experiences and best practices between industry and governments
    modernizing their services, in particular towards ensuring the privacy of
    the end-users’ personal information,
  *Promoting standardization of relevant and appropriate industry
    specifications,
  *Making recommendations on the most up-to-date means to properly address
    the governments identity and privacy challenges, including eDocument
    hardware, software and secure printing technologies, materials and
    physical security expertise, in order to deliver the level of confidence
    and assurance needed for the rapid adoption of eServices that can be
    trusted by citizens,
  *Providing consistent reference information on security, identity and
    privacy challenges in a transparent manner.

Secure Identity Alliance positions itself as a trusted partner for
governmental agencies and public entities defining their eDocument approach
and implementing associated eGovernment services. Aiming at establishing
interoperable systems, and defining and promoting best practices that can be
adopted across the world, the Alliance members will be involved in focused
workgroups.

Benefits for Governments:

"The Secure Identity Alliance will help us better serve Government entities,"
says Gareth Thomas, International Business Development Manager, 3M Identity
Management. "Together, we will highlight the advantages and encourage the
adoption of microprocessor-based eDocuments, and develop added-value online
applications that meet citizens’ needs today and tomorrow."

Convenience, Privacy and Security:

Frederic Trojani, Senior Vice President of Government Programs at Gemalto,
underlines what is at stake: "Electronic identification has become a real
catalyst for the rapid adoption of online service. Convenience, privacy
protection and security are the three pillars of trust in modern, efficient
electronic government services. When properly deployed, these powerful drivers
lead to rapid citizen adoption, transforming the agencies' services along the
citizens’ expectations and providing for measurable effectiveness gains. The
Secure Identity Alliance shall be the reference partner for governments
looking to offer cutting-edge technology in e-documents and e-services to
their citizens”.

Openness:

Jacques Van Zijp, Senior Vice President Business Identity Documents at Morpho
(Safran), emphasizes that broad industry coverage through the Alliance's
membership base is crucial for success. "Of course, the association is open to
additional members from the eDocument industry willing to contribute to the
success and roll out of secure eDocuments and associated online services.”

Competition:

Olivier Prestel, Managing Director of the Identity Business Unit at Oberthur
Technologies, commenting on the competitive situation among the members, says:
"The different companies will support overall industry growth while continuing
to compete, to ensure the highest quality and diversity of solutions with
differentiated products and services for the benefit of Governments and their
citizens."

For more information, visit the Secure Identity Alliance Website:
www.secureidentityalliance.org, or contact the Alliance by e-mail:
info@secureidentityalliance.org.

Note to Editors:

About 3M Identity Management

3M Identity Management is a trusted partner and industry leader in delivering
end-to-end, innovative security solutions to businesses and governments
worldwide—helping to ensure the security of people and documents. With an
unmatched mix of leading technologies in biometrics and credentialing as well
as expert systems integration and support, 3M helps solve an array of security
challenges, including efficient passenger check-in, secure ID and passport
document issuance, and hardware and software system solutions for border
management. 3M Identity Management technologies are used in over 100 countries
around the world.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.
For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security
with 2012 annual revenues of €2.2 billion and more than 10,000 employees
operating out of 83 offices and 13 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. We develop secure embedded
software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms
and services manage these products, the confidential data they contain and the
trusted end-user services made possible.

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.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, www.justaskgemalto.com,
blog.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

About Morpho (Safran)

Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group, is one of the world’s
leading suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions.
Morpho is specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in
particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as
well as secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho’s integrated systems and
equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of
transportation, data, people and countries.

For more information: www.morpho.com/e-documents www.safran-group.com. Follow
@MORPHO_NEWS on Twitter

About Oberthur Technologies

Oberthur Technologies is a world leader in the field of secure technologies:
systems development, solutions and services for smart cards (payment cards,
SIM cards, access cards, NFC…) and for secure identity documents, traditional
and electronic (identity card, passport, health care card). Created in 1984,
Oberthur Technologies employs over 6 000 employees. With 50 sales offices
across 5 continents, Oberthur Technologies’ international network serves
clients in 140 countries.

For more information: www.oberthur.com

Contact:

Gemalto
Peggy Edoire, +33 4 42 36 45 40
Europe, Middle East & Africa
peggy.edoire@gemalto.com
Pierre Lelievre, +65 6317 3802
Asia Pacific
pierre.lelievre@gemalto.com
Nicole Smith, +1 512 758 8921
North America
nicole.smith@gemalto.com
Ernesto Haikewitsch, +55 11 5105 9220
Latin America
ernesto.haikewitsch@gemalto.com
or
3M Public Relations
Connie Thompson, 651-733-8914
or
Morpho (Safran)
Mareike Neumayer, 0049 (0) 4347 715 2501
mareike.neumayer@morpho.com
or
Oberthur Technologies
Annika Hellgren, +33 (0)1 55 46 55 98
M: +33 (0)6 03 07 23 87
M: +46 (0)73 684 47 02
a.hellgren@oberthur.com