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Gemplus Wins Contract for 3.7 Million Secure Healthcare Cards in Mexico

Luxembourg and Mexico City (ots/PRNewswire)

- Gemplus Delivers Healthcare ID Card, Software and Services to
Mexico's Seguro Popular for Patient Data Storage
Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and
NASDAQ: GEMP), a world leading provider of secure card solutions
announces the delivery of 3.7 million smart healthcare cards to
Seguro Popular, one of the Mexican government's social security
organizations These cards will be at the front-end of a new
country-wide e-healthcare program aimed at securely storing patient
information, ensuring citizens get the correct healthcare benefits
and reducing paper-based administration.
The new social security cards will be distributed to those covered
by the Seguro Popular healthcare scheme. Each family in the program
will be given a card for use by the whole household. When the
cardholders visit their doctor, important patient information can be
securely accessed and additional medical information can be added in
real time. Seguro Popular benefits from fewer administration costs
while reducing the possibility of benefit fraud.
The order came from Image Technology Mexico, the project
integrator who developed the overall e-healthcare solution for Seguro
Popular. Image Technology Mexico's CEO Gabriel Pérez Krieb stated
"Gemplus's strong position in secure healthcare solutions linked with
their established presence in Mexico ensured their inclusion in the
project".
"Secure cards provide benefits for patients, healthcare
professionals and us at Seguro Popular by reducing costs, securing
private data and providing our citizens with their healthcare
rights", said Actuario (Actuary) Juan Antonio Fernández Ortíz,
Comisionado Nacional (National Commissioner) of Seguro Popular.
The cards, based on Gemplus MPCOS technology, were first deployed
in Q1 2006 and contain an e-purse, patient information and
prescriptions. The information can only be read by authorized
healthcare professionals once they are inserted into a reader (also
supplied by Gemplus). This ensures privacy of confidential data and
better control over healthcare payment and subsidies.
"Gemplus has a long established presence in Mexico", stated Michel
Canitrot, President Gemplus Latin America. "Local card production and
personalization services linked with a strong partnership with Image
Technology Mexico ensured a smooth integration into Seguro Popular's
ground-breaking healthcare program".
Gemplus in Healthcare
Gemplus's experience in healthcare stretches back to 1997, when it
began supplying France's SESAM-Vitale system with patient cards,
personalization services and secure card readers. A leading supplier
of secure card based solutions to the healthcare market; Gemplus has
taken part in most projects to date, including those in France,
Belgium, Germany, Slovenia, China and now in Mexico.
About Gemplus
Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and
NASDAQ: GEMP) is a leading player in the secure 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 portable, personalized solutions
in areas including Identity, Mobile Telecommunications, Public
Telephony, Banking, Retail, Transport, Healthcare, WiFi, Pay-TV,
e-government, and access control.
Gemplus' revenue in 2005 was 939 million Euros.
www.gemplus.com
For more information:
    Tim Cawsey
    Gemplus
    Tel: +1-484-904-7946
    Email: tim.cawsey@gemplus.com
    Jenny Taylor
    Edelman
    Tel: +44-(0)20-7344-1253
    Email: Jenny.taylor@edelman.com
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Contact:

For more information: Tim Cawsey, Gemplus, Tel: +1-484-904-7946,
Email: tim.cawsey@gemplus.com. Jenny Taylor, Edelman, Tel:
+44-(0)20-7344-1253, Email: Jenny.taylor@edelman.com

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