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Digital security firm announces Asia expansion

Ross O. Storey | Jan. 23, 2009
Despite the economic downturn, global digital security company Gemalto has announced plans to expand in Asia.

The US channel partner program has made great strides towards building a continent-wide network of value-added resellers and system integration partners. The program is currently driven by two specialty distributors focused on the security market serving over 50 VARs across the US and Canada, and a select group of channel partners from regional VARs focused on their niche market to large national VARs.

In Europe, the channel partner program has delivered 1 million electronic student cards that act as an identity credential in Polish universities. Gemalto provided the cards to OPTeam, a local Gemalto Value Added Reseller, who supplied the personalization solution for universities to issue cards directly to students.

This was a national rollout of the unique multi-application e-student card that:

-    verifies students' identity    

-    grants access to university premises including libraries, dormitories and sport facilities

-    can be used as an e-ticket for public transportation in major Polish cities

-    can be used as a means to pay for parking spaces in the city center

-    entitles bearers of the card to student discounts

-    and provides additional features like e-purse and digital signature, which are being implemented progressively

We want to replicate these success stories in Asia with our partners and ultimately, to bring increased freedom, convenience and security in people's everyday life.

Can you further explain Gemalto's involvement in mass transit for more than one billion people worldwide'?

Gemalto's activities range from the development of software applications through the design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports and tokens, to the deployment of managed services for our customers.

Currently, more than a billion people worldwide use our products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity and access management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.

For how long has Gemalto's Singapore facility been operating and what is the major focus of their work ?

The Gemalto Singapore facility first established its presence 19 years back and has been an important base for Gemalto in Asia, offering employment to more than 1,000 staff in production, research and development, as well as sales and marketing functions.

Operating from a 21,500 sqm facility at Ayer Rajah Crescent, Gemalto produces a wide range of security products including microelectronics, chip cards and over-the-air servers. In addition, we also develop secure operating systems and applications for the telecommunications, banking & finance, transportation and government sectors around the world.

In 2007, our local facility produced about 750 million SIM modules and shipped more than 1.2 billion intelligent devices.


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