GemClub Launched

Gemplus Corporation announced today the availability of GemClub, a re-programmable smart card for loyalty programs that enables card issuers to set loyalty program parameters at the point of sale.

Smart cards are wallet-sized plastic cards that have a microprocessor or memory chip embedded in them that can store and process data. In loyalty applications, smart cards are used by airlines, retail chains, gas stations, and other consumer-oriented businesses to allow customers to collect points each time they perform a transaction.

GemClub’s new operating system, designed specifically for loyalty programs, features modularized intelligence and a re-programmable structure. The card’s intelligence incorporates patented counters that optimize memory, enabling the issuer to store loyalty program parameters — such as the percentage of the purchase to receive points or which days will have double points awarded — directly on the card. Since these rules are stored offline, the issuer can change them at the point of sale terminal, eliminating the need to reissue the card every time program rules are revised or a new award plateau is reached by a customer.

It is the card’s re-programmability that makes it possible to create and delete files, update data, and add new partnerships and applications at the point-of-sale terminal, after the card has been issued.

“In the intensely competitive drive to gain customer loyalty, it is becoming more and more important to personalize the relationship with the customer at the point of sale and to have technology that is quickly adaptable to changing market conditions,” said Bob Riesenbach, manager of Gemplus’ loyalty and private card business division in North America. “Gemplus has specifically designed GemClub to meet these requirements.”

Loyalty Applications

In loyalty applications, smart cards equipped with microprocessors register new points instantly at the point of sale and provide information on the points earned when a purchase is made. Points can instantly be traded in for gifts, discounts, rebates, or services.

Loyalty points based on the amount of the transaction are then downloaded immediately into the chip on the card. Point balances are always current and ready for redemption, and are printed on the customer’s receipt after each transaction.

About Gemplus

Gemplus Corporation is the North American subsidiary of Gemplus Group, the world’s leading producer of magnetic stripe and smart cards. It manufactures and sells memory cards, microprocessor cards (both contact and contactless), magnetic stripe cards, as well as electronic tags. It also designs and markets software, terminals and systems; and provides personalization, consultancy and training services to offer its customers comprehensive solutions.

In 1996, Gemplus Group’s total sales were $440 million. By the end of 1997, the company will have a production capacity of 900 million plastic and smart cards.

Gemplus sells its products worldwide for such applications as public and cellular telephony, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, gaming, identity, access control, pay TV, security for computer networks and electronic commerce. Information about Gemplus’ products and services can be found on the World Wide Web at: .

CyberDisplay & Wallet Docking Stations Coming

Kopin Corporation and Gemplus today announced a multi-year business alliance agreement under which the companies intend to jointly develop and design smart card personal viewing systems and collaborate with major cellular phone manufacturers and world leading financial institutions to produce cellular phone electronic wallet docking stations. Based upon Kopin’s full color, high resolution, ultra low power CyberDisplays, Kopin and Gemplus are bringing together cellular service providers, cellular phone manufacturers and worldwide financial institutions to provide everyday cellular phone users with complete electronic purse and electronic commerce services. This will enable current wireless operators to add applications, such as electronic purse and loyalty to the smart cards currently being used by their customers.

The agreement combines the smart card technology of Gemplus, the world’s largest provider of smart cards, producing an estimated 900 million new cards in 1997, with Kopin’s capabilities in high resolution displays for portable communication products. The goal of the agreement is to offer customers the integration of smart cards and related electronic commerce solutions with Kopin’s CyberDisplays based upon the global reach of both companies and their range of applications, services and technology products.

Kopin and Gemplus have further agreed to use each other’s products in certain applications during the term of the agreement. In addition, the companies will evaluate other joint development activities.

Kopin’s CyberDisplay is the world’s smallest high-performance, high resolution, full function information display. Based on Kopin’s patented SMART SLIDE technology, the CyberDisplay is a 0.24 inch diagonal transmissive active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) imaging device which displays information at 320 by 240 pixel resolution. It enables portable communication devices and personal information products, including smart card viewers, cellular phones and pagers, to display text, e-mail, e-purse, e-commerce, graphics, photographs and video from Internet, intranet and other data or video sources.

Dr. John C. C. Fan, Kopin’s president and chief executive officer, said “This major initiative with Gemplus is another significant step towards establishing Kopin’s CyberDisplay as an industry standard for small form factor flat panel displays. The Gemplus alliance is a very significant business opportunity for Kopin because Gemplus is the unsurpassed leader in providing smart card solutions and applications to customers around the world.”

Marc Lassus, chief executive officer and founder of Gemplus, stated “With this Agreement, Gemplus has enhanced its capabilities in the area of smart card personal viewers and portable wireless electronic commerce systems by providing our customers with the most advanced high resolution, low cost, portable display solutions. In the smart card industry, cost, performance and reliability are all equally important. Kopin’s CyberDisplay is superior in all three areas.”

“New wireless data services, such as electronic mail, electronic commerce, electronic banking and improved wireless security are becoming increasingly more important to our wireless customers”, said Jay Sheth, director of strategic planning at GTE Wireless. “As an industry leader in providing wireless communications, GTE Wireless believes that smart card technologies and small high resolution, low cost color displays from companies like Gemplus and Kopin, will play an important role in delivering next generation wireless data services.”

“We are very excited about being a Kopin partner and bringing the visual age to wireless communications. The CyberDisplay enables high resolution data, graphics and other pertinent information to be clearly displayed in a form factor not previously available,” said Tim Boyd, senior director of product management and marketing for Siemens Wireless Terminals. “Kopin’s display technology coupled with our advanced handset features will improve the functionality of our wireless products.”

Kopin is a leading developer and manufacturer of high resolution, flat panel display products and Wafer-Engineering electronic materials for telecommunications applications. Kopin’s manufacturing alliance with UMC/Unipac, complemented by Kopin’s recently announced business alliance with Motorola, has positioned this team as the first global alliance to offer high volume, low cost microdisplay systems for a large variety of applications.

About Kopin

Founded in 1984 with initial technology developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kopin holds over 125 patents and patent applications for technological breakthroughs in Wafer-Engineered materials and flat panel display technology. These technologies have enabled Kopin to market display products and Wafer-Engineered materials that enhance the delivery and presentation of video, voice and data. The Company has combined advanced AMLCD and integrated circuit technology to produce its CyberDisplay products, a family of ultra-small, high density imaging devices. Wireless telecommunication providers are using Kopin’s Wafer-Engineered electronic materials for high-performance integrated circuits used in advanced pagers, cellular phones and other portable communications devices. For more information, please visit Kopin’s web site at .

About Gemplus

Gemplus Group is the world’s leading producer of magnetic stripe cards and smart cards. Gemplus manufactures and sells memory cards, microprocessor cards (both contact and contactless), magnetic stripe cards, as well as electronic tags. It also designs and markets software, terminals and systems; and provides personalization, consultancy and training services to offer its customers comprehensive solutions.

In 1996, Gemplus total sales were $440 million. In 1997, the company boasts a production capacity of 900 million magnetic stripe and smart cards.

Gemplus sells its products worldwide for such applications as public and cellular telephony, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, gaming, identity, access control, pay TV, security for computer networks and electronic commerce.

Information about Gemplus products and services can be found on the World Wide Web at: .

Wafer-Engineered, CyberDisplay and SMART SLIDE are trademarks of Kopin Corporation.

Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made under “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could materially affect future results. Among these risk factors are general economic and business conditions and growth in the flat panel display and gallium arsenide integrated circuit and materials industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, availability of third-party components, availability of integrated circuit fabrication facilities, cost and yields associated with the production of the Company’s SMART SLIDE imaging devices and Wafer-Engineered materials, loss of significant customers, acceptance of the Company’s products, continuation of collaborative agreements and the other risk factors and cautionary statements listed from time to time in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 1996.

GemFlash Antenna Module Arrives

Gemplus Corporation today announced the availability of GemFlash, the first antenna module for contactless smart cards. GemFlash reduces labor costs associated with the production of contactless cards by at least 20%.

Before GemFlash, manufacturing contactless smart cards required the hand placement of the wireless communications antenna between two layers of laminated plastic — a time-consuming and costly process.

With GemFlash, Gemplus is implementing technical advances that make it possible to secure this antenna around the outside rim of a smart card module. This means that contactless smart cards can now be produced using the same manufacturing process used for manufacturing contact smart cards. This process typically involves either melting down recyclable ABS plastic that is then injected into a card mold with a cavity for the module, or making card bodies from PVC laminated sheets and drilling a cavity. Once the card body is produced, the smart card module is embedded into the module cavity. With GemFlash, contactless smart cards can be manufactured using the same process, however, the GemFlash contactless smart card module — with an incorporated antenna attached — is embedded into the cavity.

This new method of producing contactless smart cards uses the same silicon chips as were used in cards manufactured using the traditional lamination process, only the antenna form and its placement on the card are different.

“With GemFlash, for the first time, Gemplus has a means of using the quicker, less labor-intensive contact smart card technology to produce contactless smart cards,” said Steven Landau, director of Gemplus’ Transportation and Physical Access Control business division for North and South America.

About Contactless Smart Cards

Contactless smart cards are used as identification cards and for physical access in applications such as mass transit, stadium, corporate campus, conventions, building access and amusement parks.

They use radio frequency technology to communicate with a smart card reader, instead of being inserted into the device (contact smart cards). Contactless smart cards transmit and record (read/write) data when placed within a few inches of a reader. They also significantly reduce transaction times compared to cards that require physical insertion in a reader.

In addition to GemFlash, the Gemplus range of contactless smart cards includes GemEasy (the conventional laminated card), GemTwin (a dual-chip, contact/ contactless hybrid card), and GemCombi (a single-chip, contact/contactless card).

Pricing And Availability

The GemFlash 8000 card (8 Kbits) is available now. GemFlash 300 (384 bits) will be available in December 1997. A full range of GemFlash products ranging from 80 bits to 2 Kbytes will be available during 1998. Gemplus will have the capacity to produce 10 million antenna modules per month in 1998. Due to production economies realized by this new process, GemFlash cards will sell for as low as $1.00, depending on volume and memory size.

About Gemplus

Gemplus Group is the world’s leading producer of magnetic stripe cards and smart cards. Gemplus manufactures and sells memory cards, microprocessor cards (both contact and contactless), magnetic stripe cards, as well as electronic RFID tags. It also designs and markets software, terminals and systems; and provides personalization, consultancy and training services to offer its customers comprehensive solutions.

In 1996, Gemplus’ total sales were $440 million. In 1997, the company boasts a production capacity of 900 million magnetic stripe and smart cards.

Gemplus sells its products worldwide for such applications as public and cellular telephony, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, gaming, identity, access control, pay TV, security for computer networks and electronic commerce.

Information about Gemplus’ products and services can be found on the World Wide Web at: .

Gift Cards

Phoenix-based FAR POINT and Gemplus announced this morning a smart card-based electronic gift certificate system that consists of a Gemplus smart card, DataCard’s ‘Jigsaw’ smart card POS reader and FAR POINT’s software. Holiday Companies of Minneapolis, which operates a chain of convenience stores and gas stations throughout the Midwest, will roll out the system to about 250 locations early next year. The new system is being showcased at the National Premium Incentive Show, which gets underway this morning in Chicago.

Gemplus Canadian Research Center

Gemplus today announced that it has established a research and development center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The center will focus on the development of smart card operating systems and support the implementation of smart card applications for customers in North and South America. It will also develop new technologies designated by Gemplus’ Technology Innovation Center in San Mateo, Ca.

Over the next three years, Gemplus will invest some $20 million in smart card research and development in the Americas, and expects to employ as many as 100 professionals from science, research and engineering at the new center. Gemplus also has R&D centers in France and Singapore.

“Establishing an R&D center for the Americas will enable Gemplus to be much closer to the evolution of new technologies such as the Internet. As a result, we will be able to better adapt new smart card products such as the Java Card to the local market,” said Guy Dartigues, director of the Americas Development Center. “We believe that proximity to these developments will greatly enhance our creativity and efficiency, and result in better support to existing partners and the creation of new partnerships.”

“This is a major investment by Gemplus and reflects our belief in and commitment to the widespread adoption of smart card technology in the Americas,” said Brigitte Baumann, president of Gemplus Corporation (U.S. and Canada).

In 1996, Gemplus invested 6% of its total smart card related sales in R&D, a level of spending it has maintained for several years. Since the company’s founding, R&D has played a central role in the Gemplus’ success. It has been responsible for innovations that include the introduction in 1988 of COS (chip operating system), in 1994, of MPCOS (multiple payment chip operating system), and more recently, of GPK2000, the first public key smart card.

Recent R&D efforts have focused on using smart card technology and cryptography to protect data communicated over open networks; second generation contactless cards; hardware miniaturization (including PCMCIA smart card interfaces and the GemCore chip set); and extended SMS (short message service) technology that allows remote programming of smart cards and readers for different kinds of smart card applications including Internet, healthcare, gaming, transportation and secure database access.

About Gemplus

Gemplus is the world’s leading producer of magnetic stripe and smart cards. It manufactures and sells memory cards, microprocessor cards (both contact and contactless), magnetic stripe cards, as well as electronic tags. It also designs and markets software, terminals and systems; and provides personalization, consultancy and training services to offer its customers comprehensive solutions. In 1996, Gemplus Group’s total sales were $440 million. By the end of 1997, the company will have a production capacity of 900 million plastic and smart cards.

Gemplus sells its products worldwide for such applications as public and cellular telephony, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, gaming, identity, access control, pay TV, security for computer networks and electronic commerce. Information about Gemplus’ products and services can be found on the World Wide Web at: .

DataCard’s New Corp Dev VP

DataCard Corporation announced today that Michael J. Schnaus has accepted the position of Vice President of Corporate Development. Schnaus joins DataCard after six years with Alliant Techsystems, where he most recently served as Director of Business Development.

“Mike brings 20 years of experience and success in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance,” said Glenn Highland, DataCard’s president and CEO. “His knowledge and abilities will help us make good strategic and profitable decisions as we continue to grow the company.”

While at Alliant Techsystems, Schnaus was responsible for all aspects of the company’s mergers, acquisitions and divestiture activities—including acquisition candidate searches, strategic assessments, financial analysis, negotiations, due diligence and integration activities.

Before joining Alliant Techsystems, Schnaus served in a number of business development, investment banking and finance positions for Talley Industries, Republic Corporation, the Ryder, Stillwell consulting firm and Deloitte, Haskins and Sells.

Schnaus also serves on the board of directors for Doolittles Restaurants and the Notre Dame Club of Minnesota. He earned an M.B.A. from UCLA and a B.A. in accounting from Notre Dame.

DataCard Corporation, a privately held company based in Minneapolis, Minn., is a world leader in innovative plastic card solutions. The company offers a spectrum of card-related products and services, including digital photo ID systems, badging services, card personalization systems, systems integration services and transaction terminals.

Jigsaw NOVUS Certified

DataCard Corporation announced today at the American Bankers Association (ABA) Bank Card Conference that NOVUS Services, a leader in payment processing, has certified the DataCard Jigsaw modular POS solution for its network. NOVUS Services will begin selling the new terminals and PIN pads into retail stores and restaurants later this year.

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In addition to the dual magnetic stripe and smart card capability, Jigsaw offers a feature-rich design and ease of operation, according to John Mamalakis, senior vice president for DataCard’s financial systems buisiness unit.

“Plus, we’ve developed some breakthrough software applications that are both feature-rich and user-friendly,” Mamalakis said. “These new software applications will make transactions faster, smoother and simpler for both merchants and their customers.”

Jigsaw’s contoured design-which recently won a prestigious Essed Red Dot Design Innovatino Award-also makes Jigsaw an attractive solution for a variety of merchant applications.

“Most transaction terminals and PIN pads look ordinary, low-tech boxes,” Mamalakis said. “But the design of Jigsaw is different. It’s sleek and attractive. Instead of detracting from the appearance of a retail store or restaurant, it actually serves as a nice design element.” Mamalakis also said the agreement with NOVUS Services strengthens DataCard’s position as a leader in POS solutions.

DataCard Corporation, a privately held company based in Minneapolis, Minn., is a world leader in innovative plastic card solutions. The company offers a spectrum of card-related products and services, including transaction processing systems, card personalization systems, systems integration services, digital photo ID systems and badging services. ([www.datacard.com][2])

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DuraGard Extends Card Life

DataCard Corporation today announced at the American Bankers Association (ABA) Bank Card Conference in Long Beach, a new polyester overlay and a new protective topcoat designed to extend the life of photo IDs, driver’s licenses, photo credit cards and other thermally printed plastic cards.

The new DataCard® DuraGard™ protective polyester overlay and the new DataCard® CardGard™ protective topcoat can be applied by the DataCard® 9000 Series or 7000 Series card issuance systems as part of the inline card personalization process. Users can simply add a module to their existing 9000 or 7000 Series System and apply topcoats or overlays to as many as 1,200 cards per hour.

“Thermally printed images—such as cardholder photos—can fade or streak over time when they’re repeatedly swiped through card readers or exposed to certain chemical agents,” said Bruce Erickson, vice president of marketing for DataCard’s central issuance business unit.

“Our new topcoats and overlays protect images and extend card life by providing a strong line of defense against wear, tear and chemical agents,” Erickson said. “This is especially important for applications such as national IDs, driver’s licenses and photo credit or debit cards.”

Three levels of protection to meet specific card issuer needs

The introduction of CardGard and DuraGard gives DataCard customers three choices when it comes to protecting images and extending card life.

The new DuraGard product, which was designed initially for driver’s license requirements, provides the highest level of protection. The .5 mil polyester overlay bonds to plastic cards and creates a tough barrier against scratches, abrasions, chemicals and other destructive agents.

“Independent lab tests show that cards with the DuraGard polyester overlay can last up to five times longer than cards with ordinary topcoats,” Erickson said.

DuraGard can be applied over clear or holographic topcoats to provide a powerful mix of security and longevity.

“The DataCard 9000 Series and 7000 Series Systems apply the holographic topcoat and the protective polyester overlay separately,” Erickson said. “This is an important security advantage. Even if a forger is able to remove the polyester overlay, the holographic topcoat remains affixed to the card.”

The new CardGard product is a 6.4 micron-thick topcoat that’s cured with a special UV process.

“CardGard provides much stronger protection against scratches, abrasions and chemical agents than ordinary topcoats,” Erickson said. “It’s a good fit for card issuers who want long card life, but don’t need the full protection of a DuraGard polyester overlay.”

Like the polyester overlay, CardGard can be applied over clear or holographic topcoats. “Card issuers who apply CardGard over a holographic topcoat can create tough, durable and tamper-evident cards,” Erickson said.

Cards protected with CardGard can be embossed after the topcoat is applied—an important advantage for financial card issuers, according to Erickson.

“CardGard is an excellent solution for photocards, picturecards and other financial cards with printed images on them,” Erickson said. “Card issuers can apply CardGard to protect the photo, then emboss the cards without damaging the topcoat.”

In addition to the new DuraGard polyester overlay and the new CardGard protective topcoat, DataCard also offers standard topcoats for applications that don’t require extra durability or security.

“We now offer our customers three distinct choices,” Erickson said. “So, our 9000 Series and 7000 Series customers can get the protection, durability and security that best meets their needs—and best fits their budgets.”

DataCard Corporation, a privately held company based in Minneapolis, Minn., is a world leader in innovative plastic card solutions. The company offers a spectrum of card-related products and services, including digital photo ID systems, badging services, card personalization systems, systems integration services and transaction terminals.

UltraForm Mailer Cuts Cost

DataCard Corporation expanded its line of high-volume, high-speed card issuance solutions by introducing a new, stand-alone card delivery system at the American Bankers Association (ABA) Bank Card Conference in Long Beach today.

The new DataCard® UltraForm Mailer™ card delivery system allows card issuers to fully automate the forms printing, card affixing and forms folding processes.

The software-driven system reads magnetic stripes or smart cards on as many as 1,800 personalized cards per hour, then uses that information to retrieve production records from a system controller. Data from those records is used to print highly personalized carrier forms on a high-speed laser printer. The system then affixes cards to the appropriate forms, folds the forms and stacks them in an output tray.

The UltraForm Mailer also may be integrated with an optional DataCard® UltraPac™ envelope insertion system. Together, the two systems allow card issuers to go from stacks of personalized cards to metered, ready-to-mail packages—completely inline.

“UltraForm Mailer automates many of the most time-consuming and error-prone steps in the card issuance process,” said Bruce Erickson, vice president of marketing for DataCard’s central issuance business unit. “The accuracy, speed and intelligence of this new system will help our customers compress their cycle times and dramatically reduce card issuance costs.”

UltraForm Mailer is a stand-alone version of the company’s inline forms handling module that’s available as part of the DataCard® 9000 Series and 7000 Series card issuance systems.

“Offering a stand-alone solution allows card issuers with older card insertion equipment to enjoy the benefits of fully automated card delivery,” Erickson said. “Plus, it provides an affordable migration path for customers who want to take a phased approach to building an inline card issuance solution.”

“We think most early applications will involve magnetic stripe cards, but the system can read up to 1,300 smart cards per hour as well,” Erickson said. “This capability will be critical as major card issuers start issuing stored value cards and other smart card-based products.”

DataCard Corporation, a privately held company based in Minneapolis, Minn., is a world leader in innovative plastic card solutions. The company offers a spectrum of card-related products and services, including digital photo ID systems, badging services, card personalization systems, systems integration services and transaction terminals.

Standard Register Distributes Smart Cards

Standard Register’s Imaging Services Group today announced it is joining Schlumberger Electronic Transaction’s Associates program to provide personalization and distribution of smart cards to the healthcare, retail and membership markets. Standard Register, the leading document management company to personalize smart card technology in the U.S., will utilize smart card technology to improve the security of electronic documents and e-commerce.

Personalization, the process of taking a “generic” smart card and customizing it with data that is specific to a single-or multi-application card and the individual card holder, is an essential service to implement any smart card applications system. To personalize the cards, Standard Register will image a person’s name and identification number on the card, embed vital statistics in the chip, and customize applications stored on the chip.

For smart card holders, personal identification is essential to provide secure access to company networks, Internet transactions and other electronic commerce applications. Personalization also enables issuers to build brand recognition and customer loyalty by enhancing frequent shopper and similar loyalty programs.

In addition to card personalization, Standard Register will provide specialized fulfillment and secure distribution of smart cards. With specialized fulfillment, Standard Register coordinates ongoing, complicated mailings of smart cards. Secure distribution ensures that card issuers know where every card is from the time that it leaves Standard Register’s plant to arrival at its final destination.

“As an industry leader in developing secure, effective plastic card programs, our customers rely on us to guide them through this evolution of card technology,” says Dave Fehrman, director, Imaging Services Group. “We look forward to offering personalized smart cards to our many card-based customers as well as working with Schlumberger on new business opportunities.”

“Standard Register will play an important role in opening new opportunities for smart cards in business and consumer markets,” says Lou Bisasky, general manager of Schlumberger Smart Cards, North America. “With its depth of knowledge and expertise in card personalization and distribution, as well as an established record of successful card-based programs, Standard Register fills an important niche in our Associates Program.”

Schlumberger offers its customers a flexible portfolio of smart card-based solutions for businesses and communities of all sizes, including the telecom, banking, retail, mass transit & parking, and healthcare sectors. Through its Associates Program, Schlumberger continues to build upon an already comprehensive product line of smart card solutions through associations with leading value-added resellers, integrators and service providers in major vertical markets.

Similar in appearance to a traditional credit card, a smart card is embedded with a microprocessor chip. The chip provides intelligence and computational power similar to that of early personal computers, making smart cards much more secure than magnetic stripe cards. A smart card permits numerous applications – such as secure financial transactions, a frequent shopper database, and storing medical information – to be run by one card.

“We are excited about the potential of smart cards will advocate their benefits to both our customers and their clients,” Fehrman adds. “As the infrastructure is built for universal use of smart cards in the U.S., we will take the lead in distributing smart cards securely into the hands of consumers while helping to fulfill the promises of electronic commerce.”

Since it was formed in 1992, Standard Register’s Imaging Services Group has developed prepaid phone, HMO, ATM, membership, frequent shopper and numerous other plastic card programs.

DataCard’s New CFO

DataCard Corporation announced today that Paul A. Schroeder will become the company’s chief financial officer (CFO) effective October 1, 1997. Schroeder comes from NCR Corporation, where he most recently served as vice president and controller.

“Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team,” said Glenn Highland, DataCard’s president and CEO. “He has led large finance and information systems groups. He helped build and manage substantial businesses in Europe and Asia. And he understands technologies that are important to us.”

“Paul also was a key member of the transition team during NCR’s divestiture from AT&T,” Highland said. “That experience will be extremely valuable for DataCard as we move forward.”

Before NCR’s divestiture from AT&T, Schroeder help a number of critical positions, including vice president and CFO for AT&T’s Asia/Pacific operations.

He received his masters of management in finance and accounting from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. He also earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

As DataCard’s CFO, Schroeder’s responsibilities will include the treasury, the controller’s group, information systems (IS), internal auditing and facilities management.

DataCard Corporation, a privately held company based in Minneapolis, Minn., is a world leader in innovative plastic card solutions. The company offers a spectrum of card-related products and services, including digital photo ID systems, badging services, card personalization system, systems integration services and transaction terminals.

ORGA VISA Approved

ORGA, the global smart card specialist, is also proving its reputation as a technological field leader for smart card applications in the banking and retail sector. VISA has now approved the company’s production site for the embedding of chip modules.

This means that, as of now, ORGA is in a position to supply smart cards for banking applications. ORGA plans to increase its production of bank cards in the future. The next step in this direction will be the approval of the entire smart card production process, including personalization and embossing. ORGA will be putting more than 10 years of experience into this new development, dating back to 1985 when the Paderborn-based company pioneered in the area of banking applications with the introduction of the first ROM mask for home-banking applications.

According to Gerald Smith, ORGA’s U.S. Business Unit Manager for Banking and Retail, ORGA has made a strong commitment to the banking and retail markets. “Receiving VISA certification is an important achievement for our company as we develop and roll out new smart card applications to meet the needs of this growing customer base.”

ORGA USA is the North American subsidiary of ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH Germany, one of the world’s leading developers and suppliers of microprocessor-based smart card technology, with more than 550 employees worldwide. ORGA has delivered more than 25 million SIM cards to customers worldwide, with commitments for millions more. In addition to telecommunications services, ORGA offers turnkey solutions for banking, health care, access control and other emerging markets. The company’s capabilities include quality card manufacturing, full system integration and project management. Visit our Web site at http://www.orga.com .