South Africa Selects Gemalto for its National Electronic Identity Card Program

  South Africa Selects Gemalto for its National Electronic Identity Card

Business Wire

AMSTERDAM -- June 5, 2013

Regulatory News:

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO, the world leader in digital security, will
supply the Government Printing Works (GPW) of South Africa with Sealys eID
cards for their national identity program. GPW will harness Gemalto’s secure
embedded software to protect the holder’s image and biometric data within the
secure identity e-document, delivering outstanding levels of integrity and
privacy. Moreover, GPW selected the high-end Sealys document fitted with the
contactless feature, ensuring added levels of convenience with unrivaled
security for citizens.

Designed to modernize and replace South Africa’s traditional, paper-based
‘green book’ identity documentation, the new Sealys eID card will be offered
by the Department for Home Affairs (DHA) to citizens aged 16 and over. The
South African government embarked on this service program to improve
confidence in official identity credentials and to prepare for the deployment
of a comprehensive suite of efficient and convenient eGovernment services.

Leveraging experience that already includes participation to over 80 national
programs worldwide, Gemalto is providing GPW with an advanced and highly
durable polycarbonate eID card specifically designed to counter forgery.
Furthermore, the Sealy eID supports public key infrastructure (PKI) and
match-on-card authentication techniques to enable easy verification of
authenticity and a future-proof platform capable of providing a broad range of
secure online services such as online and in-person authentication as well as
legally binding digital signatures.

“Gemalto demonstrated their proven ability to deliver high-end eID secure
documents within an ambitious schedule,” said Professor Anthony Mbewu, CEO of
GPW. “Plans are already in place for the next phases of the modernization
program, and we are very confident in Gemalto’s deep expertise and
state-of-the-art technology in supporting our future aspirations.”

“Our local presence in Johannesburg provides a key benefit in ensuring a
strategic partnership with the GPW,” said Ari Bouzbib, Senior Vice President
of Government Programs at Gemalto. “This new project marks another significant
acceleration in the momentum behind eGovernment initiatives on the continent,
where Gemalto has already deployed a number of major programs.”

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.

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