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New resources for security complacent Asia

Ross O. Storey | Nov. 12, 2009
MIS Asia editor Ross O. Storey spoke to Ng Fook Seng, Gemaltos senior vice president, security business Asia, about the firms Asia expansion plans.

In Europe, the channel partner program has delivered one million electronic student cards that act as an identity credential in Polish universities. Gemalto provided the cards to OPTeam, a local Gemalto value added reseller, who supplied the personalisation solution for universities to issue cards directly to students.

 This was a national rollout of the unique multi-application e-student card that:

-    verifies students identity    

-    grants access to university premises including libraries, dormitories and sport facilities

-    can be used as an e-ticket for public transportation in major Polish cities

-    can be used as a means to pay for parking spaces in the city centre

-    entitles bearers of the card to student discounts

-    and provides additional features such as e-purse and digital signature, which are being implemented progressively

We want to replicate these success stories in Asia with our partners and ultimately, to bring increased freedom, convenience and security in peoples everyday life.

Can you further explain Gemaltos involvement in mass transit for more than one billion people worldwide?

Gemaltos activities range from the development of software applications through the design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports and tokens, to the deployment of managed services for our customers.

Currently, more than one billion people worldwide use our products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity and access management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.

For how long has Gemalto's Singapore facility been operating and what is the major focus of their work (industry sector/services etc)?

The Gemalto Singapore facility first established its presence 19 years back and has been an important base for Gemalto in Asia, offering employment to more than 1,000 staff in production, research and development, as well as sales and marketing functions.

Operating from a 21,500 sq m facility at Ayer Rajah Crescent, Gemalto produces a wide range of security products including microelectronics, chip cards and over-the-air servers. In addition, we also develop secure operating systems and applications for the telecommunications, banking and finance, transportation and government sectors around the world.

In 2007, our local facility produced about 750 million SIM modules and shipped more than 1.2 billion intelligent devices.



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