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Monday 26 March 2001

Schlumberger and ERG AFC Contract for the City of Bordeaux

Schlumberger and ERG Group have won the contract to lead the implementation of the new contactless Smart Card automated fare collection (AFC) system for the city of Bordeaux , France. The contract, worth over US $15 million, is the latest in a series of joint projects for Schlumberger and ERG. Over the last 12 months, they have won similar contracts for the French cities of Grenoble, Rennes, Caen, Rouen and Orleans.

A single multi-modal ticket will give access to all transport networks - bus, tramway, train, taxi - and parking. The system is also designed to integrate electronic purse facilities.

Schlumberger will supply the back office servers, the automated distribution system and the contactless Smart Cards. ERG will supply validators, driver consoles, bus depot data transmission systems using wireless LAN, point of sale devices, the card management module and fare rules system for the back office software.

Initially, 150,000 contactless Smart Cards will be issued, primarily for season passes, while magnetic tickets will continue to be used for single tickets and '10 trip' cards.

The first phase will be implemented by May 2002, and the second phase completed by March 2003 when the tramway will be fully operational.

Contact: Jose de Vries, Schlumberger Test & Transactions
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 46 44 67
Melissa Frost, General Manager Investor Relations, ERG
Tel: +61 8 9273 1879


SCM Microsystems to Provide FINREAD Smart Card Readers

SCM Microsystems is to develop and deliver a universal secure Smart Card reader for consumers in Europe, based on FINREAD specifications to be released in the first part of 2001. FINREAD is a consortium of European banks whose aim is to create a secure online payment system based on Smart Cards that is affordable and easy to use, deploy and upgrade.

Through the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN), FINREAD is developing a series of specifications for intelligent Smart Card readers intended to support electronic commerce, home banking and digital signature applications. SCM's secure readers will be the first to provide support for multiple applications, including credit card, electronic purse, loyalty and secure home banking. Readers are expected to be available for deployment in the second half of 2001 with first prototype in June.

Robert Schneider, CEO at SCM, said: "The adoption of FINREAD specifications is a key milestone for the Smart Card reader industry. By defining an open standard, FINREAD will dramatically accelerate the deployment of Smart Card readers to support financial transactions of all sorts."

FINREAD specifications will be compliant with other banking standards, such as Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) and the Europay/MasterCard/Visa (EMV) specifications for Smart Cards.

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American Magnetics Introduces Hybrid Smart Card Readers

American Magnetics has developed two hybrid Smart Card readers which they say will reduce downtime, field calls, and subsequent loss of revenue as new Smart Card formats are introduced.

The new readers, the C171A and C172 series, feature a downloadable firmware set configurable for new Smart Card formats via a serial link, thus ensuring that card readers installed today will be compatible with Smart Cards which have yet to be introduced. The readers are based on the C17X family of readers that total over one million installations worldwide.

According to the company, the new readers maximise the long term investment in card reader technology for its customers and the C172 is ideal for European systems integration meeting all ZKA requirements for terminals and vending machines.

Contact: Bill Rorick, General Manager, American Magnetics
Tel: +1 888 822 7715


Security Solutions for New GPRS Mobile Networks

Baltimore Technologies, AU-System and Gemplus have announced the first and most advanced security and authentication technologies featuring digital signatures over General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) Networks. This development was achieved in partnership with Ericsson using the R520 handset.

E-security for mobile devices is provided by digital certificates which are issued using a Wireless Public Key Infrastructure (WPKI) by network operators and content providers. These certificates are stored on the mobile devices using S/WIM (Subscriber Wireless Identity Module), the latest development in chip cards.

Contact: Evanna Kearins, Baltimore Technologies
Tel: +353 1 8816000
Tracy Ross
Tel: + 1 650 372 5288
Marielle Bricman, Gemplus Corporate
Tel: +33 4 42 36 55 96
Christer Bjork, AU-System AB
Tel: +46 70 638 16 01


Sponsorship Advertorial: SIM 2001 3-4 April

"The SIM card has developed from its original concept as a security module for subscriber authentication, to the modern day device that, with its increased processor power and memory capacity, provides a potential platform for a wide range of value added applications." EMC

SIM 2000 attracted over 300 delegates (40% Operators) from 42 countries. SIM 2001's interactive agenda (5 hours networking) is the only event discussing the development and application of SIM cards. Hear industry leading figures, including the SIM Alliance's first presentation, J-Phone and Korea - very topical as USIM will debut in Japan, and Korea deals with the CDMA network.


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