Gemplus and Meridea team to deliver mobile banking security

Source: Gemplus

Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP), the world's leading provider of smart card based solutions, announces a partnership with Meridea Financial Software Ltd., a provider of banking and investment applications and software delivery environment, in order to address the stringent requirements of the European banking industry.

In order to provide attractive yet secure banking services from the latest mobile devices, this application uses Java technology to communicate between the handset and the SIM. In this way, it is possible to split the Java application and store confidential information securely in the SIM and the bulk of the application in the handset. Based on J2ME*, the application also ensures a comfortable and attractive "look and feel" for the end-user experience. Banks and their customers will therefore have differentiating services and peace of mind when using the mobile channel to distribute their services.

"Gemplus has been investing in the possibilities of the Java CardTM SIM for financial applications for some time, with notable success in Belgium & South Korea, and with the emergence of Java enabled handsets we are now able to take this experience to the latest mobile phones. By working with Meridea, one of the key references for financial software, we now have the requisite experience to commercialize our offer", said Philippe Vallee, Executive Vice President, Telecom Business Unit, Gemplus.

In addition, the SIM's inherent features enable it to provide secure authentication and generate digital signatures. As it interacts directly with the handset, the end-user is able to view the financial data stored in their mobile device or prepare transactions off-line when there is no network coverage.

"With the strict requirements from the banking industry, we needed to find a way to deploy our software with strong authentication and user credentials stored in tamper proof memory in mobile phones. The SIM is present in every GSM handset and well known for its tamper resistance. We are impressed of the developments that Gemplus has introduced with Java SIM technology, and therefore, welcome the opportunity to work with Gemplus in integrating our software into the Java Card SIM", said Jukka Riivari, CEO, Meridea.

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