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Gemplus Chosen by Commonwealth Bank of Australia for First MasterCard PayPass Pilot

Luxemburg (ots/PRNewswire)

- CBA Cardholders to use the MasterCard-Approved Product,
GemInstant
Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and
NASDAQ: GEMP), a world leading provider of secure card-based
solutions, announces its involvement in Australia's first MasterCard
PayPass pilot program, where Commonwealth Bank of Australia's (CBA)
cardholders will simply place their card in front of the terminal to
make a payment.
The six-month trial will be rolled out in New South Wales, with
the first phase involving 33,000 CBA cardholders who will be able to
use their MasterCard PayPass cards at more than 150 participating
merchants. Shops include fast food restaurants and convenience stores
for payments under A$35. Cardholders will not need to enter a PIN or
sign a receipt, resulting in faster transaction times and therefore
reducing queuing time for customers at the store and improving the
service.
When the card is placed before the reader, the reader beeps to let
the cardholder know that the card has been read and payment has been
made. The security remains as high as for a traditional credit card.
Gemplus provided the GemInstant cards for this project. GemInstant
is a range of contactless payment solutions already tried and tested
in other parts of the world. "We knew that Gemplus's expertise in
contactless technology goes back over 10 years and it has real
international coverage when it comes to contactless payment" said Mr
Scott Henricks, General Manager, Consumer Financing & Relationship
Marketing, Retail Banking Services Commonwealth Bank.
Gemplus has been present in the Australian market for many years,
which was reinforced in 2000 by setting up a local joint venture, LM
Gemplus Pty Ltd. Since then, the company has established successful
long term relationships with its clients and continues to invest in
local technical support and solutions tailored for the Australian
environment. This local presence was a factor in their selection by
CBA for this project.
"Contactless payment is becoming an international trend and
innovative banks such as CBA want to be the first to provide their
customers with this convenient way to pay" commented Philippe David,
Vice President, Business Development, Financial Services, Gemplus.
"We are showing once again our commitment to innovative projects by
being involved in Australia's first MasterCard PayPass pilot after
successful implementations in America, Europe and Asia".
- A$35 is equivalent to US$25.
About Gemplus
Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and
NASDAQ: GEMP) is a world leading player in the secure card industry
in both revenue and total shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest 2005,
Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor). It has sold billions of smart cards
and other secure 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:
    Marta Bordonada                     Victoria Aitken
    Gemplus                             Edelman PR Agency
    Tel: +33-(0)-4-4236-4179            Tel: +44-(0)20-7344-1258
    e-mail: marta.bordonada@gemplus.com Email: victoria.aitken@edelman.com
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Contact:

Marta Bordonada, Gemplus, Tel: +33-(0)-4-4236-4179, e-mail:
marta.bordonada@gemplus.com, Victoria Aitken, Edelman PR Agency, Tel:
+44-(0)20-7344-1258, Email: victoria.aitken@edelman.com

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