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Monday 02 April 2001

Polaroid Combines Smart Card and Biometric Technologies

Polaroid ID Systems has announced that it is combining Smart Card technology with its biometric finger image scanner for personal identity applications.

John Munday, president Polaroid ID Systems said: "Polaroid will be the first to be able to provide durable Smart Card technology for the major government ID programmes around the world, as well as diversified e-commerce applications, by combining being able to make the commercially viable option of combining biometrics through our competitively-priced finger image scanner - the PFS-100."

Nigel Ward, sales and marketing director Polaroid ID Systems Europe said: "Polaroid is one of the first international organisations to broaden the application of contact and contactless Smart Cards from transit projects to large government programmes, national ID, drivers licences and vehicle registration. Couple this to the new antenna technology we can now integrate into the card and we are looking at cards with a 10-year life expectancy."

Contact: Roy Nilson, Communications Manager, Polaroid ID Systems Group
Tel: +1 781 386 5772


Mobile Phone TopUP Terminals

Ingenico Fortronic has secured an exclusive deal to supply 4,000 mobile phone e-TopUP payment terminals to An Post, the Republic of Ireland's postal service. The deal, through its Irish distributor Databank Systems, is worth about £1.5 million.

An Post has already deployed over 1,500 Ingenico terminals initially servicing Eircell and Esat Digifone e-TopUps in retail outlets throughout Ireland.

Users will have the assurance that the local retailer will never run out of their particular network vouchers, while retailers will benefit from not having valuable stock sitting on a shelf and having to commit in advance to airtime not already sold.

Contact: Graham Wright, Ingenico Fortronic
Tel: +44 (0)131 459 8800


Mobile Entertainment

Europolitan Vodafone is launching entertainment services from the Swedish supplier BlueFactory on its mobile portal, Hantera. The collaboration means that Europolitan Vodafone's mobile subscribers will gain access to new entertainment services from BlueFactory on an ongoing basis.

"Entertainment via mobile has great potential, but many different needs must be satisfied," said Mikael Kluge, Business Area Manager at Europolitan Vodafone. "We have chosen BlueFactory as one of our suppliers and collaboration partners. They offer a wide range of services that suit many of our mobile customers."

One of the entertainment services that will be available is the classic international card game, Black Jack. The graphics are clear and distinct, so that the user can quickly understand what he or she must do. The aim is to win from the Bank. Other entertainment services being launched include the trivia games Rank'Em and FootballQuiz, and the dating service Flirtylizer. More applications will be launched this spring.

BlueFactory's services are based on SMS and WAP over GSM, GPRS and UMTS.

Contact: Soki Choi, BlueFactory
Tel: +46 70 623 59 13
Stefan Nilsson
Tel: +46 70 245 14 41
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