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Gemalto Launches New Multi-Application Reader for Contactless and Contact Versatility


Sleek design, light weight, ergonomics and remarkable ease of use by simply plugging into a USB port

Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced the launch of the innovative PROX DU™ smart card reader for physical and logical access control. The dual-interface reader makes it convenient to securely access a host of applications using both contactless and contact technologies, with one single device. These include employee corporate badge, electronic identity and healthcare. The PROX DU is fully plug-n-play on Windows® OS in both contactless and contact modes, a feature unique to the Gemalto solution.

The PROX DU distinguishes itself with a sleek design, light weight, ergonomics and remarkable ease of use. Running on native Windows® OS drivers, it requires no additional software installation for the end user. For organizations, PROX DU is extremely easy to implement - by simply plugging the device into a USB port – thus reducing total cost of ownership. This innovation reinforces Gemalto’s global leadership for smart readers(1).

Enterprises can take advantage of the versatility to provide their personnel with secure access to premises, their information networks and company applications. The PROX DU is also suitable for retail and mass transit applications where speed is crucial, as well as for e-banking transactions and loyalty programs.

“As the leading provider of solutions that make everyday digital interactions secure and easy, Gemalto is committed to continued innovation in devices that make secure access extremely simple,” commented François Lasnier, Senior Vice President of Online Authentication at Gemalto. “Our PROX DU Reader has been refined with ergonomics and sleek design in mind, offering end-users and issuers across a wide range of market applications more versatility and a more intuitive way to adopt security technology.”

(1) Source: World Smart Card Readers and Chipsets Markets (Frost & Sullivan, May 2009)

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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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