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Gemalto Selected for the Turkish ePassport Personalization Program


Complete end-to-end personalization solution delivered in record time

Amsterdam - Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced its selection by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey for its ePassport program. Gemalto provides its Coesys Issuance solution for the personalization of new electronic passports for Turkish citizens, including the certificate authority solution and associated integration services.

For Turkey’s 72.5 million citizens, electronic passports are issued for new applications as well as renewals as of June 1, 2010. Gemalto deployed the Coesys Issuance personalization solution in two service centers in Turkey: one located on the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the other housed in the Turkish Police center in Ankara. Gemalto has also undertaken the training of the staff operating the solution.

The success of this project is attributed to Gemalto’s strong presence in Turkey, in order to respond to the short time frame that was essential for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Naci Koru, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, commended the collaboration with Gemalto, “We chose Gemalto for their experience in the personalization and in the successful deployment of many electronic passports programs worldwide. Their ability to deliver the solution in a short time frame enabled us to meet our deadline of June 1, 2010.”

This project reinforces Gemalto’s leadership in the personalization of secure identity documents. With over 25 servicing implementations all over the world, Gemalto has proven its capability to offer dedicated and unique solutions ready to adapt to any legacy infrastructure.

“Our strength in the delivery of the Turkish passport project comes from our ability to respond quickly and efficiently, and our relentless dedication to our customers’ success and satisfaction,” commented Jacques Seneca, Executive Vice President, Gemalto. “We demonstrated our solution’s flexibility in the personalization of legacy passports, which brings significant scale benefits for the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2009 annual revenues of €1.65 billion, and over 10 thousand employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 41 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work—anytime, anywhere—has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

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.

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