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Tuesday 28 August 2001

Datacard Expands Operations in London

Datacard Group has announced the relocation and expansion of its London operations. The Group's London team specialises in software solutions for multi-application Smart Card systems and also serves as the central facility for Datacard Consult p7, a team of mathematicians, cryptographers and Smart Card chip experts.

Martin Kearsley, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Datacard's Software and Solutions Division said: "As Smart Cards are now emerging as the preferred platform for financial transactions and virtual identity, demand for Datacard solutions has grown significantly. This has led to growth within our team of Smart Card specialists and support staff in order to meet the demands of the market."

"Our new, larger facility will give us even greater capacity to meet the current and future demands of high-profile Smart Card issuers worldwide," he added.

Datacard's London office has relocated to:
3rd Floor
107 Cheapside
London EC2V 6DG
Tel: +44 (0)207 726 3333
Fax: +44 (0)207 726 3334
Web site:


Gemplus Sells Tags Subsidiary

Gemplus International SA has sold its TAG subsidiary, a leading provider of electronic Smart labels solutions based on RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) to Axa Private Equity. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

Gemplus explained that it is strategically focused on three core marketplaces: telecommunications, financial services and e-business security. The sale of the TAG subsidiary allows it to intensify its market driven approach within its strategic competencies and dedicate more resources to their growth.


Tele2 AB is the First MVNO in the Netherlands

Tele2 AB, a pan-European telecommunications company, has announced that it has become the first Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in the Netherlands. It has signed an agreement with Telfort, a GSM operator in the Netherlands, which is fully owned by British Telecom. The agreement will enable Tele2 to offer mobile telephony services in the country in addition to the existing fixed line offering.

Lars-Johan Jarnheimer President and CEO of Tele2 said: "This agreement enables us to gain cost-effective, efficient and flexible access to the mobile network. As a result, we will be able to offer our current subscriber base, of approximately 1 million fixed line customers in the Netherlands, cheap access to mobile telephony services from September."


SmartTrust Partners with Pulso

SmartTrust US has teamed up with Pulso, Brazil's leading technology firm, to bring its mobile e-services solutions to the Latin American marketplace.

Pulso, based in Sao Paulo, will serve as a value-added reseller for SmartTrust's complete line of solutions, which allow mobile operators and content providers to bring their end-users advanced mobile e-services and PKI security for Internet transactions. Through Pulso, SmartTrust will offer Latin American operators its over-the-air platform, wireless Internet gateway and security solutions, as well as security platforms for the fixed Internet.


Infineon and WIDCOMM Partner on Bluetooth Applications

WIDCOMM and Infineon Technologies have announced a turn-key Bluetooth system solution targeting portable computers, hand held devices, cellular telephones, and wireless networking applications. The companies have combined WIDCOMM's BTW software and Infineon's BlueMoon chipset to create fully functional Bluetooth 1.1 compliant solutions targeted for PC OEMs as well as contract manufacturers. The combined Bluetooth solution enables PCS and PDAs with Bluetooth capabilities.


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