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ID Data plc (“ID Data”), the UK’s largest supplier of secure transaction systems and smart card services, has gained full membership of both the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the GSM Association (GSMA) following ISO9001 approval for all its sites by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. The Company’s admission to these two bodies is in line with ID Data’s strategy to focus on higher margin business in the telecommunications sector.

ETSI, based in Sophia Antipolis, the silicon valley of the South of France, has 889 members from 54 countries and has aided the definition of harmonized technical standards for telecommunication products and services.

ID Data joins 500 other organisations in the GSMA, the leading body in the wireless industry. The GSMA, working in close co-operation with government and industry, has been instrumental in the development of GSM from the association’s foundation in 1987.

The ISO9001 is a code of practice used as a common reference standard for inter-company trading, sub-contracting and the procurement of services or products. There is one approval and certificate across the whole of the ID Data Group and the scope is now defined as ‘providers of secure transaction systems and support services for retail, banking and telephony using magnetic and smart card technology on a global basis.’

Peter Cox, CEO of ID Data commented; “ID Data is pleased to be admitted to both ETSI and the GSM Association, which indicates the expanding position of the company on the global stage. These memberships come on top of having completed this new ISO 9001 standard, which is better for ID Data, as it is easier to use, with less focus on bureaucracy and more on management involvement, and continuous improvement.”


Notes to Editors

ID Data is a fast growing supplier of secure transaction systems and smart card services to the international telephony, banking, retail and secure access sectors. Exporting to more than 30 countries, the company is a leading UK-based supplier of smart cards and is ranked seventh in the recent Dataquest worldwide smart card vendor rankings. The global market for smart cards is growing at a compound rate of more than 33% per annum. (Source: Dataquest).

The Coventry and Corby sites have transferred from other accreditation bodies (BSI and NQA) to this new standard.

The next round of audits are to be 28th August in Coventry, 29th August in Corby and 30th in Lewes.

For further information, please contact:

ID Data plc
Peter Cox, Chief Executive
Tel: + 44 (0)1536 207 000

Issued by:

Bankside Consultants Limited
Henry Harrison-Topham / Russell Elliott
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7220 7477
Email: /

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