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Friday 10 August 2001


Loyalty Application for Amex Blue Card

Gemplus has announced that it has been the prime contractor of a consortium of vendors responsible for development of a turnkey, loyalty Smart chip application for American Express's new Blue credit card. The turnkey solution involves provision of chip application, backend server and terminal software. In addition Gemplus has been responsible for the initial embedding of the Smart chip onto the credit card, which is a world-first truly clear plastic.

The card also features a magnetic stripe to allow cardholders to shop wherever they want to, regardless of whether merchants have chip readers or not.

"We are always looking to provide value to our card members by improving the technology we use. With the Blue card, they will be able to enjoy a whole new experience in secure transactions and loyalty programs," said Mr John Steward, Senior Vice President and CEO, American Express Australia.

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Sony's PKI-Enabled Chip for Contactless IC Cards

Sony Corp has announced that is has developed a new microchip with a public key infrastructure (PKI) capability for contactless IC cards.

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Biometric Security for Arizona County's Attorney Network

Identix says that the Attorney's office for a major Arizona County has selected its fingerprint biometric security solution to replace passwords across its 1,000 seat network to ensure that only authorised attorneys are able to access sensitive court records.

The biometric security solution includes Identix's BioLogon software for Windows 2000 and Compaq FIT reader with Identix's optical fingerprint reader technology. Installation is expected to be complete by the end of September.

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Orascom Telecom Selects Alcatel for Algeria's GSM Network

Alcatel and Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. have signed a 420 million euros contract for the delivery of a significant portion of a new nationwide GSM network in Algeria. Installation will start in October and it will be the largest-capacity mobile communications network in Algeria.

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Nokia GSM Expansion Contract in the Philippines

Nokia has signed an agreement valued at US $200 million with Smart Communications for the expansion of its nationwide GSM network in the Philippines.

Under the contract, Nokia will supply and install several mobile switching centres, home location registers, base station controllers, advanced Ultrasite base stations, short messaging systems and a new network management system.

The expansion program will enable Smart's network to handle a subscriber base in excess of six million subscribers by the end of 2001, and up to 10 million subscribers by 2002.


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