Keyware and Bull Will Jointly Offer Smart Card System Solution
for Hungarian Football League
Zaventem, Belgium- March 7, 2001 -Keyware (EASDAQ: KEYW), one of the
leading providers of biometric and centralized authentication solutions,
today announced that it signed a partnership agreement with Bull Hungary,
leading provider of smart card based solutions and system integrator.
the terms of the agreement Keyware and Bull will develop a proposal for a
new ticketing and access control system for the Hungarian Football League.
The new system will use smart card software similar to the software
that Keyware recently developed for the Belgian Football League, which to
date has issued 300,000 cards.
"We are very excited about this partnership with Bull Hungary," said
Declercq, president and CEO of Keyware. "Together we provide a perfect
solution to a serious problem of crowd management at football matches and
other large sporting events. At the same time we are offering an easy way
give the fans added value through product discounts, bonus points, and
member promotions." Declercq also noted that Keyware is exploring similar
projects with other football and soccer leagues in Europe.
The Hungarian Football League project will be based on Keyware's
Smart-Foot(tm) software, part of the Smart-Universe(tm) product range.
Smart-Foot(tm) is a unique set of smart card applications configured
specifically for professional sports leagues. The cards allow fans to
reserve and purchase tickets for all matches through terminals installed
the stadium, in popular retail locations, as well as to purchase food,
refreshments, and souvenirs at the stadium.
Smart cards can also allow stadium management to better manage physical
access to the stadium by installing smart card readers at all access
Home and away supporters can then be easily separated since a fan's card
will only open gates in certain areas of the stadium. As a further
measure or for access to private areas, biometric data can be added to the
card, which prevents the exchange of cards amongst fans as it gives a
precise authentication of the cardholder.
"Our recent alliances with Gemplus, Microsoft, Bull CP8 and Proton World
have demonstrated our uniqueness and strength in enhancing the security of
smart cards with biometrics technologies. We are currently one of the few
companies in the world who can deliver software applications for smart
which on top have the possibility to add biometrics to enhance the
of the card holders even more" said Declercq.
Bull Hungary as smart card based solution provider
Bull Hungary developed and introduced into the Hungarian market several
solutions for payment, loyalty and logistic system, like the Shell Smart
Card project with McDonalds and Tesco, the payment solution for Primagaz
Hungary gascard, the first Multifunctional hybrid card, which is a
Europay-based banking EMV card used as the Hungarian professional doctor
card, and was a key hardware provider in the Total smart payment and
project. All solutions are based on the CP8 card and integrated into
intelligent card reader terminals. Bull Hungary also implemented a secured
Access Control System on the Hungarian Ferihegy Airport
Note to editors:
Founded in 1996 and quoted on the Easdaq since June 2000, Keyware is one
the world's leading providers of a broad range of authentication solutions
for real-world business applications, and a pioneer in the field of
biometrics, the technology of verifying an individual by means of personal
characteristics such as voice, face and fingerprints. Keyware's
authentication technology (CAS) allows companies to manage multiple
authentication techniques, including biometrics, from one central server.
CAS optimizes security and convenience for physical locations, e-commerce,
network, smart cards and telecommunications applications. Keyware's
award-winning technology is sold globally through an extended network of
OEMs, system integrators and VARs. Co-headquartered in Brussels (Belgium)
and Woburn (Mass., USA), you can find more information about Keyware at
Bull is an international IT Group that operates in more than 100
In 1999, the company earned revenues of 3.8 billion Euros with over 65%
outside of France, its country of origin. Bull's strategy is focused on
Internet and electronic business in three key domains: solutions with
consulting and systems integration; infrastructure including " Internet
ready " enterprise systems, Smart Cards and software for secure
infrastructure management; and managed services for Intranets and
sites and marketplaces. For more information, visit Bull Web site:
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