Gemplus announced it is showcasing a special smart card interface
accessory, based on GemCore technology, for Palm handheld computers, at
Cartes this week.
The Palm OS platform leads the worldwide handheld OS market with more than
17.5 million Palm OS based devices sold, including more than 14 million Palm
branded handhelds shipped since the introduction of the company’s first
handheld computer in 1996. GemCore based smart card interface has been
to effectively address one of the handheld market’s key concerns: data
security. It brings an additional level of security through enhanced data
encryption and Gemplus have further developed its data beaming security within
the smart card infrastructure. Gemplus estimates that at least 10% of handheld
users are concerned about protecting their data.
In addition to the enhanced security features, smart card also opens up new
applications for Palm handheld users. These include logical and physical
control, ticketing functions and SIM card management. EMV-certified accessory
also enables e-wallet applications for mobile commerce.
In order for smart cards to live up to their promising potential, smart card
readers must be easy for consumers to access and use. In a momentous step for
the smart card industry, the challenge of building the infrastructure
for global smart card adoption is being addressed through collaboration
Gemplus and Palm, Inc.
“We have already made significant in roads into the PC and set-top box market.
Working with the leader in the handheld industry illustrates our strategic
to start targeting mobile devices, as we now have a smart card infrastructure
that is immediately deployable for the mobile device and handheld market.
are a number of opportunities for us to build our brand on new devices and
continue our growth into new markets,” commented Alexandre Lorenzi General
Manager Smart Card Interface Business Division, Gemplus.
“Palm believes Gemplus has a proven track record to address the growing need
for smart card security,” said Jean Marc Sarat, Senior Director of Corporate
Development at Palm, Inc. “Combining Palm handheld ease of use with smart card
security features is an exciting opportunity we will seize to open up new
of applications for our customers.”
GEMPLUS: the world’s number one provider of solutions empowered by Smart Cards
(Gartner Dataquest 2001, Frost & Sullivan 2001).
Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable, personalized
solutions that bring security and convenience to people’s lives. These include
mobile internet access, inter-operable banking facilities, e-commerce and a
wealth of other applications.
Gemplus is the only completely dedicated, truly global player in the Smart
industry, with the largest R&D team, unrivalled experience, and an outstanding
track record of technological innovation.
Gemplus trades its shares on Euronext Paris S.A. First Market and on the
Stock Market(TM) as GEMP in the form of ADSs. Its revenue in 2000 was 1.205
Billion Euros. It employs 7200 people in 37 countries throughout the world.
Gemplus: Your Passport to the Digital Age
The GemCore solution enables companies to develop in a flash best-of-breed and
low-cost universal smart card interfaces for high-volume use in a wide
electronic devices that include keyboards, computers, set-top-boxes, personal
digital assistants, internet appliances, point-of-sales terminals and vending
GemCore customers benefit from Gemplus’ world-renowned technical
smart card integration as well as in computing and banking certification
processes. Main certifications already obtained by GemCore based devices
include EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa), Smart Visa Ready and Microsoft’WHQL
(Windows Hardware Quality Labs).