Oberthur Card Systems, a global leader in the development and delivery of electronic and mobile commerce solutions, was honored this year with two Sesames at Cartes 99.
The Sesames are the international smart card industry’s awards for innovation.
Initially winning an award for best GSM application, Oberthur Card Systems’ Mobile Commerce SIMphoniC was subsequently recognized for best overall application in a competition among five other sector award winners.
Oberthur’s Mobile Commerce SIMphoniC Application creates a new payment method for France Telecom Mobile subscribers by allowing them to securely purchase goods and services with the Motorola StarTac D mobile phone and GIE Cartes Bancaires credit card via the GSM network.
The Sesames 99 marks the fourth year of the smart card industry’s genuine innovation awards. Open to manufacturers, developers, integrators and users of smart cards, this year’s awards attracted 58 entries from 12 countries, including Austria, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
An international panel composed of renowned trade journalists and market experts at Cartes 99 awarded trophies across six application categories, including: transportation, banking, finance, GSM, e-commerce and healthcare. Oberthur Card Systems won the award for the best application across all categories.
Thomas Savare, Oberthur Card Systems’ chief operating officer, said: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award for Mobile Commerce SIMphoniC. This not only signifies a key milestone in the development of the mobile commerce industry, but also confirms our commitment to standards and firmly establishes Oberthur Card Systems as the leading innovator in this rapidly expanding marketplace.”
Oberthur Card Systems
Formed in October 1999, from the merger of industry leaders Oberthur Smart Cards and De La Rue Card Systems, Oberthur Card Systems is a company with an enviable heritage that is focused firmly on the future.
With a portfolio that ranges from magnetic stripe cards to the most advanced smart card based solutions for banking, telecommunications, transit and commerce, Oberthur Card Systems already has a strong business foundation. It is the world’s No. 1 supplier of VISA and MasterCard cards, and a global leader in the development and delivery of electronic and mobile commerce solutions.
It is also the No. 1 global supplier of Pay-TV smart cards. Committed to open standards, the company supports Java Card, the Visa Open Platform, MULTOS and Microsoft Windows Card.
With a projected annual revenue of $350 million in 1999, Oberthur Card Systems has an established international base of 3,000 employees located around the globe. The new company is wholly owned by Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire, which is the largest instant lottery producer and one of the top security printers of bank notes, passports and identity cards worldwide.Details