Gemalto Delivers Electronic Alien Resident Cards to Taiwan

Wed Jun 4, 2008 2:00am EDT

* Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release.

National Immigration Agency Trusts Gemalto to Replace All Current
        Paper Cards by Smart ID Documents for Foreign Nationals
TAIWAN--(Business Wire)--
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital
security, today announces that Gemalto is the supplier of electronic
Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) cards to the National Immigration
Agency (NIA) in Taiwan. Compared to the existing paper cards, the
Gemalto Sealys microprocessor version bolsters security by drastically
improving resistance to forgery and counterfeiting. Uniquely, these
contactless cards are the first electronic identification documents
built on the strengths of electronic passport technology. These cards
are also the first electronic foreigner identification cards in Asia.
Gemalto has already delivered three hundred thousand of these
identification cards. The National Immigration Agency plans to achieve
replacement of all remaining paper cards by 2009.

   The significant enhancement in security better protects the rights
of the document bearer as the ARC is an important document permitting
the bearer to remain in Taiwan throughout the validity period,
maintain a local currency bank account, take ownership of vehicles as
well as apply for a driver's license.

   The size of a credit card, the new microprocessor-based electronic
ARC is compliant with the ICAO (International Civil Aviation
Organization) standard. This meant the NIA and Gemalto were able to
fast track the project, issuing the first cards to residents within 6
months after award of tender. The ICAO standard is an internationally
recognized framework for the implementation of electronic passports.
Just like for electronic passports, sensitive personal information and
photograph are securely stored on the chip and protected with digital
signatures. To make counterfeit reproduction even more difficult, the
card combines the security features of microprocessor-based documents
with highly sophisticated printing techniques.

   A Gemalto Coesys personalization system delivered as part of the
solution prepares the sensitive information that gets stored in the
card and generates the digital security keys used to protect it. Being
built as an open architecture, customization and integration to the
host system was made both seamless and easy.

   Tan Teck Lee, President of Gemalto Asia commented, "We have been
involved and strongly committed to a significant number of important
electronic government programs around the world. This gives us a great
deal of experience in matching the unique requirements of the NIA with
a customized offer that fit their needs. In the case of the NIA, it
was a combination of advanced security technologies coupled with a
specific but comprehensive personalization solution".

   A knock-on benefit of the polyvalent Gemalto Sealys technology is
that the Alien Resident Certificate and the Permanent Resident
Certificate can both be issued using the same card. For the NIA this
represents considerable improvements in operational efficiency and
savings in expense by integrating all resident certificates into one.
The NIA needs just one card to issue Alien Resident Certificates and
Permanent Resident Certificates (PARC) with physical markings
distinguishing the two.

   About Gemalto

   Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the leader in digital
security with pro forma 2007 annual revenues of over EUR 1.6 billion,
more than 85 offices in 40 countries and about 10,000 employees
including 1,300 R&D engineers.

   In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly
transforming our lives, Gemalto's solutions are designed to make
personal digital interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable.

   Gemalto provides end-to-end solutions for digital security, from
the development of software applications, through the design and
production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs,
e-passports, and tokens to the deployment of managed services for its

   More than a billion people worldwide use the company's products
and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government,
identity and access management, multimedia content, digital rights
management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.

   As the use of Gemalto's software and secure devices increases with
the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world,
the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

   Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and

   For more information please visit

Media Contacts
Gemalto Asia
Marcos Fernandes
T.: +852 2306 3626
M.: +852 6051 6425

Copyright Business Wire 2008