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Security: Wisekey, HP and Microsoft Authenticate Electronic Identity

From Identity Cards to e-Government Services, This Flexible Solution Fulfils Government Needs for Security

Note: The complete Agefi article can be downloaded in French and    
         English at:
         http://www.presseportal.ch/fr/story.htx?firmaid=100006027

    Geneva (ots) - Security, terrorism, biometrics. To say the least, these concerns were at the heart of intense activity during the last few days. Early in the week, Brussels was receiving the first post-election visit of the US Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, who encouraged Europeans to tune their security controls to US methods, to improve the effectiveness of the fight against terrorism. On Friday, at the Hewlett Packard (HP) Innovation Center in Geneva, the international press was invited to a conference that announced the creation of a new National Identification System (NIS) developed jointly by HP, Microsoft and most importantly, Geneva start-up Wisekey.

      Even if these events were not truly linked, the fact remains that
identity management remains one of the greatest challenges for
government. According to a study carried out by the US based company,
Morgan Keegan, this market represents approximately US$4.8 billion
dollars globally and should reach US$10.7 billion by 2007. In Europe,
more than 120 billion Euros have already been invested in the public
sector in this area (government, police, Lisbon agenda, etc.); the
budget devoted to security has doubled to 70 billion Euros; and 8
billion Euros have been directed to border protection, stated Pascal
Detemmerman, HP Vice President of Public Sector, on Friday. "Today's
need for secure identification of individuals on national and
international levels is such that only an alliance between various
partners can guarantee the development of optimal solutions and their
success," added Gilles Polin, director of EMEA e-Government solutions
Microsoft.

ots Originaltext: WISekey SA
Internet: www.presseportal.ch

Contact:
Source L'Agefi:
Sylvie Gardel
http://www.agefi.com
E-Mail: s.gardel@agefi.com

Daniel Ybarra
E-Mail: daniel@wisekey.ch
Tel. +41-22-929-57-57
http://www.wisekey.ch



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