Vantaa, Finland, November 3 (ots/PRNewswire) -
- In a 30 Million Euro Contract, Setec Manages the Entire
Norwegian Passport Production Chain, From Personalization to
Setec, Northern Europe's leading developer and manufacturer of
visual and electronic card products, and a Gemplus company, announces
today that it has begun the personalization and delivery of Norway's
new biometric passports. As of October 2005, all the conventional
passports in Norway have microchips with biometric identifiers.
Currently, Norway is one of only two countries in the world,
alongside Sweden, that has started the mandatory, nationwide
deployment of biometric passports for their citizens, compliant with
Setec manages the entire Norwegian passport production chain. The
passport booklets are manufactured by Setec in Finland and the
booklets are personalized by Setec's subsidiary, Setec Norge AS,
established in Oslo, Norway, earlier this year.
Setec won the international tender for the Norwegian passports in
April this year. The three-year agreement with the Norwegian
authorities includes an option for two additional years.
The Norwegian biometric passports are developed and manufactured
according to the world's most demanding security requirements of the
ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization, as well as those
of European Union. The holder's personal data and digitally formatted
facial image are stored in microchips within the actual passport.
Pekka Eloholma, President and Chief Executive Officer, Setec,
explains "The timetable for the Norwegian passport project was very
demanding as we had to develop a new product, create a delivery and
personalization process and establish our new subsidiary, Setec Norge
AS, within the six months after winning the bid. However, thanks to
the flexibility of our entire organization and its ability for top
performance as well as the constructive cooperation with the
customer, the deliveries of the Norwegian passports have begun and we
are very happy with the result."
"We are happy to report that the start of the launch of Norway's
totally new passport has been a success," states Steinar Talgø,
Assistant Director, the National Police Directorate, Norway.
Besides Norway, Setec also has begun to manufacture biometric
passports for Sweden and has been chosen to deliver also their
technology to several other countries including Denmark. Currently,
Setec manufactures and personalizes conventional, i.e. visual
passports for Denmark and Finland.
Setec has been a Gemplus company since June 2005. The combined
references and contract volume makes Gemplus the undisputed leader in
the electronic passport and identity card market.
For further information, please contact:
Corporate Communications Manager
Gemplus Press Relations Manager
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About Gemplus and Setec
Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and
NASDAQ: GEMP) is the world's leading player in the smart card
industry in both revenue and total shipments (source:
Gartner-Dataquest 2005, Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor). It has sold
over 5.5 billion smart cards.
Gemplus delivers a wide range of secure, portable, personalized
solutions in areas including Identity, Mobile Telecommunications,
Public Telephony, Banking, Retail, Transport, Healthcare, WLAN,
Pay-TV, e-government, and access control.
Setec, a Gemplus company acquired in 2005, develops, manufactures
and delivers products that require extreme security, such as
biometric and visual passports, electronic and visual ID cards, EMV
cards and SIM cards. Setec's major customers are public authorities,
banks, and telecom operators. The company has operations in Finland,
Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Poland. It employs 400 people.
Gemplus's revenue in 2004 was EUR865 million.
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