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Norway Renews Contract with Gemalto for Biometric ePassport


Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has renewed its multi-year contract to personalize and issue ePassports for Norwegian citizens. The company manages the entire delivery process from the production of the travel document through to personalization and operated issuance services, which are performed in Gemalto’s Oslo-based secure service center.

Gemalto has deployed ePassports to Norway since 2005, placing the country as a pioneer in nationwide deployments of biometric passports compliant with international standards.

“To date we have delivered several million ePassports to the field, with high levels of satisfaction from both citizens and travel authorities,” says Mr Lars H. Boehler, Director of the National Police Computing and Material Service. “Gemalto is a reliable partner that we are happy to be working with for the coming years.”

The new ePassports and issuance solution feature the EAC (Extended Access Control - an International Civil Aviation Organization standard for second-generation ePassports) for increased protection of biometric and privacy sensitive data, as well as innovative security features in the polycarbonate data page.

Jacques Seneca, Executive Vice President, Security Business Unit, Gemalto, added: “We are delighted with the renewal of this contract, which is the result of many years of strong collaboration between Gemalto and the Norwegian authorities. Norway is one of the earliest adopters of ePassports for nationwide deployment, and we will continue to work closely together to deliver increased protection for Norwegian citizens.”

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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