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EANS-News: DEWB investment holding KSW Microtec moves into the fast lane for eTicketing

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Dresden, Germany, October 11, 2011 (euro adhoc) - KSW Microtec, one of the
world´s leading suppliers of RFID components and inlays for secure cards and
eDocuments, is extending production capacity following an acceleration in the
adoption of its eTicketing solutions, as transport operators worldwide gear up
to improve efficiencies through the introduction of eTicketing systems across
all modes of public transport. 

As a leading supplier in eTicketing in Europe and worldwide, KSW serves this
growth trend with their certified and standardized inlays for eTicketing. KSW
has already received large volume orders for 2011 and is producing tens of
millions of ticket inlays to meet this demand, indicating a sustained increase
for RFID based eTicketing. Customers also benefit from an extension to KSW´s
inlay production facility being put in place during Q4 2011, featuring a
state-of-the-art assembly line with new equipment, more capacity and improved
manufacturing processes. This drive is further enhanced through the provision of
customized products generated from different ISO14443/ISO15693 chips in
combination with a variety of alternative antenna designs. These provide maximum
inlay flexibility for tickets, cards and other form factors such as key fobs.

"This new installation for increased production capacity reflects our ongoing
commitment to provide maximum flexibility, uncompromised productivity and
on-time delivery for our customers," said Thomas Hitzer, CEO of KSW Microtec.

The range of ticketing applications where KSW´s inlay technology is speeding
passengers on their journeys, is active in many public transportation networks
in major European Cities, following increasing numbers of metropolitan areas
adapting their public transportation networks to embrace new RFID based
eTicketing schemes. This has been further accelerated since last year´s EU
directive 2010/40/EU on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent
Transport Systems (ITS) and Member States and their competent authorities are
now focusing on achieving frameworks for multimodal interoperable ticketing.
Meanwhile in the US, KSW´s inlays are also in place in high volume ticketing
solutions for public transit system. These include the `Easy Ticket´ for the
Miami Dade Transit, the `Muni Ticket´ operating in San Francisco´s Municipal
Transportation Agency and the `Transit Access Pass´ for the Los Angeles Country
Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 

"This widespread adoption of our certified ticket inlays by many major cities´
transport companies reflects the commitment of our own valued customers who, as
ticket converters, convert transport operators to using KSW inlay products in
their ticketing systems. It also confirms the necessary role our products play
in ensuring efficiency and security in modern and secure public transit systems,
worldwide," adds Thomas Hitzer.

As a technology, RFID for municipal transport services generates considerable
benefits such as lower maintenance costs, faster service rates and prevention of
fraudulent actions, as well as improved passenger convenience. In addition,
low-cost contactless ticketing allows transport operators to optimize their
tariff policy to improve transparency and to maximize revenues through better
data-collection and a high flexibility in regards to pricing strategies. 

As well as public transport, the market for event ticketing is a major growth
area for RFID, with KSW strong involvement in this sector. Not only do
RFID-enabled tickets increase identification security, they also ensure quick
and more comfortable access for visitors and, in combination with extended
functionalities such as payment, add value to the ticket. KSW ticket inlays
serve adventure parks, exhibition tickets and sport events worldwide. As RFID
technology combines with other innovative ID technologies, such as NFC, KSW´s
prelaminate family of products and its Mobile Phone Sticker with ticketing and
loyalty functions, also fulfills many market challenges in the world of advanced

About KSW
KSW Microtec AG founded in 1994, with its headquarters in Germany, is one of the
world´s leading suppliers of contactless components for applications such as
Access Control, eGovernment, ePayment, eTicketing and Asset Management. KSW
successfully combines high-end wafer processing, extremely efficient assembly
and lamination technology and far-reaching expertise in design. KSW has earned
itself a leading position on the market as innovator and one of the most
efficient, and simultaneously most flexible, producers of RFID components. KSW
is a 100% investment holding of the listed venture capital company Deutsche
Effecten- und Wechsel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG (DEWB). For more information

For further information, please contact:
Maria Lenz
KSW Microtec AG
Manfred-von-Ardenne-Ring 12
01099 Dresden - Germany
Tel: +49 351 889 60 28
Fax: +49 351 889 60 11  

Media contact:
Tim Cockerell
Wise Media S.p.A.
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20124 Milano - Italy
Tel: +39 02 8903 4126
Fax: +39 02 67388322

Further inquiry note:
Marco Scheidler
Tel.: +49 (0) 3641 573-3600

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