Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653), the world leader in digital security,
announces the deployment of its next generation multi-application
advanced smart cards technology to EasyCard Corporation in Taiwan. This
latest generation software will enable micropayments on the widely used transport
card enjoyed by over
30 million cardholders that ride the
metro in the Greater Taipei Area, take intercity bus and river boat
services, as well as use the parking lots and libraries in Taipei City.
The new Gemalto Celego card supports both contact and contactless
functionalities, allows users to securely check their personal
transaction records from the Internet, to make e-payment for government
services and to conduct Internet shopping. Gemalto made available its
full set of consulting services on specifications, provided operating
system development and certification, and advised EasyCard Corporation
on the migration path and opportunities to this new high end
In line with EasyCard’s move from transport into micropayments, the new
card materializes EasyCard’s vision and strategy of providing a wider
range of services for ‘Mobile Life’ – becoming indispensible in the
daily lives of its users also as a financial lifestyle card. As the
contactless transit and payment markets in Taiwan converge, the new card
enables EasyCard to reinforce its innovation leadership and provides a
compelling growth opportunity.
The Gemalto Celego card has obtained the Common Criteria EAL4+ top level
bank security standard certification. This enables EasyCard to meet the
Financial Supervisory Commission stringent requirements.
It is also offering the very high level of performance needed for
transportation and contactless micropayments applications. The new
generation software also allows for expansion into Near Field
Communication (NFC), future-proofing EasyCard’s offer when the national
market will move towards mobile contactless payments.
“This is a significant milestone for
payment cards to
include such new services that visibly enhance the consumer experience”
said Suzanne Tong-Li, Senior Vice President, Gemalto Asia. “These
features are easy to use, ensuring quick user adoption. Gemalto’s
expertise in the transportation and payment industries will help
EasyCard bring the convenience of contactless while upholding the
security of micropayment applications. Its ultimate aim is to
allow people to travel around the whole of Taiwan with only one card.”
The EASYCARD Corporation was officially established in March 2000 with a
total capitalization of NT$500 million. The main shareholders in the
corporation are the Taipei City Government, the Taipei Rapid Transit
Corporation, the Fubon Bank, 15 bus companies in Taipei City and Taipei
County, Mitac Inc., Cathay United Bank, Taishin Bank, China Trust
Commercial Bank, Mercuries Data Systems, China Engineering Consultants,
Sanmen Technology and other companies. Public-sector stock accounts for
40% of the total.
The company established a milestone in the use of non-contact IC cards
for use on bus services in the Greater Taipei area, for Taipei Metro and
for payment of parking fees at Taipei City Government-run parking lots.
The scope of the “smart card’s” application is currently being extended
to use on the Maokong Gondola service, for Taipei Zoo admission, as a
library card, intercity bus services and on river boat services, and
designated stores, to provide greater convenience to users.
EASYCARD CORP. continues to explore avenues to integrate more services,
and plans to extend the use of its “smart card’ to other transportation
systems, for use in the payment of government fees, for admission to
parks and scenic areas, and for small-value purchases. Its ultimate aim
is to allow people to travel around Taiwan with only one card.
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital
security with 2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 10,000
employees operating out of 74 offices and 14 Research & Development
centers in 43 countries.
We are at the heart of our evolving digital society. Billions of people
worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop,
bank, entertain and work – anytime, anywhere – in ways that are
convenient, enjoyable and secure. Gemalto delivers on their expanding
needs for personal mobile services, identity protection, payment
security, authenticated online services, cloud computing access, modern
transportation, M2M communication, eHealthcare and eGovernment services.
Gemalto develops secure software that runs on trusted devices which we
develop design and personalize. We manage these devices, the
confidential data they contain and the services they enable, throughout
their life cycle. We innovate so that our clients can offer more ways of
enhancing the convenience and security of their end-users’ digital lives.
Gemalto is thriving with the growing number of people using its software
and secure devices to interact in the digital and wireless world.
For more information visit www.gemalto.com,
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