SIA uses Gemalto’s TSM platform to link service providers and speed up nationwide NFC rollout in Italy

Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:00am EST

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AMSTERDAM--(Business Wire)--
Regulatory News: 

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, and
SIA, a major international payments processor for banks, corporate and Public
Administration bodies, are joining forces to support rapid deployment of NFC
services throughout Italy. Gemalto and SIA team up for the first national TSM
infrastructure in Europe that can be utilized by all of the market`s key
stakeholders, accessible to the country`s largest mobile network operators and
leading banks. 

Currently being piloted in preparation of a full commercial launch in mid-2013,
SIA has already secured the support of primary Italian telecom operators and
banks to provide NFC services through its central hub that enables contactless
payment transactions. It will offer the benefits of the Allynis Trusted Service
Management for Service Providers platform operated by Gemalto`s European secure
data center, which is certified by Visa and MasterCard. 

Up to 200,000 contactless payment terminals will be deployed in Italy by the end
of 2013. By offering a secure and scalable infrastructure that ensures full
interoperability and can seamlessly accommodate new service providers, SIA is
putting Italy at the forefront of the cashless revolution and will help enable
millions of consumers to make payments with just the tap of their mobile phone. 

"By creating a central hub, we meet the needs of both the banking and telecoms
sectors fostering the NFC ecosystem and mobile payments," said Nicola Cordone,
SIA Deputy General Manager. "Using Gemalto`s proven platform, SIA is allowing
all stakeholders to avoid numerous individual arrangements when introducing new
contactless services." 

"Across the world, momentum is gathering behind mobile NFC payment and in Italy
in particular, where Gemalto already has a strong footprint in TSM
implementations," said Jean-Claude Deturche, Gemalto Senior Vice President,
Mobile Financial Services. "Through this new deployment, SIA will benefit from
our effective approach to accelerating the rollout and mass adoption of NFC
services."

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with
2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 10,000 employees operating out
of 74 offices and 14 Research & Development centers, located in 43 countries. 

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people
worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank,
entertain and work - anytime, everywhere - in ways that are enjoyable and safe.
Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment
security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection,
eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable
machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. 

Gemalto develops secure embedded software and secure products which we design
and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these secure products, the
confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services they enable.
Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital
services to billions of individuals. 

Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to
interact with the digital and wireless world. 

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, www.justaskgemalto.com,
blog.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter. 

SIA is European leader in the design, creation and management of technology
infrastructures and services for Financial and Central Institutions, Corporates
and Public Administration bodies, in the areas of payments, e-money, network
services and capital markets. 

SIA Group is currently present in around 40 countries and also operates through
its subsidiaries in Hungary and South Africa. The company has offices in Milan
and Brussels. 

With 8.1 billion transactions annually relating to cards, collections and
payments, 63 million cards managed and 22.3 billion transactions on financial
markets, SIA carries 11.2 thousand billion bytes of data on the network. The
Group is made up of six companies: the parent SIA, the Italian companies Pi4Pay
(services for Payment Institutions), RA Computer (treasury solutions for banks,
businesses and P.A.), and TSP (payment collection services for companies and
P.A.), Perago (infrastructures for central banks) in South Africa and SIA
Central Europe in Hungary.

Gemalto Media Contacts:
Europe, Middle East & Africa
Peggy Edoire, +33 4 42 36 45 40
peggy.edoire@gemalto.com
or
Asia Pacific
Yvonne Lim, +65 6317 3730
yvonne.lim@gemalto.com
or
North America
Nicole Smith, +1-512-758-8921
nicole.smith@gemalto.com
or
Latin America
Ernesto Haikewitsch, +55 11 51 05 92 20
ernesto.haikewitsch@gemalto.com
or
SIA Contacts:
Filippo Fantasia, +39 02.6084.2833
Mob. +39 335.1202713
Head of Media Coordination
filippo.fantasia@sia.eu
or
Valentina Piana, +39 02.6084.2334
Media Coordination
valentina.piana@sia.eu

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