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ID Data plc extends its global market reach by launching ChipPort Ltd
and signing a joint venture agreement with the
Pathfinder Telecom Group

ID Data plc, the world’s sixth largest supplier of secure transaction systems and smart card services, announces the launch of ChipPort, to license ID Data’s smart card expertise and intellectual property to card manufacturers world-wide. As a wholly owned subsidiary of ID Data, ChipPort will benefit from the Group’s technology and silicon supply and is well positioned to provide a range of immediate and complete solutions.

ChipPort offers card manufacturers the benefit of consultancy, training, silicon, chip modules, and applications in the banking, telephony and retail markets. There are approximately 200 card manufacturers with a strong local presence in their domestic market in 79 countries, capable of gaining sales of chip card applications through their historic commercial relationships. These manufacturers may not have in-house technology or specialised personnel to compete against established players.

ID Data also announces an agreement with the Pathfinder Telecom Group to sell and build the latest in GSM smart SIM applications aimed at giving mobile operators the opportunity to reduce the cost of international call roaming. A three-way alliance between Pathfinder Telecom and Silcom Technologies will allow ID Data to break new ground with a range of exciting GSM applications on flash silicon aimed at improving the returns for global GSM operators.

The innovative Pathfinder technology allows mobile telephone operators to control the network their subscribers’ use while roaming abroad. This technology also includes the facility to offer an easy to use pre-paid roaming service and has generated extensive interest from over 20 operators to date.

Initial trial orders for the technology will be delivered in January 2002 and the parties expect to see volume sales commencing by the middle of next year.

Don McQueen, CEO of Pathfinder Telecom said: “We were looking for a business partner who could work with us during product development and have the quality of infrastructure to build sales and then support product roll out. In ID Data we have found a partner who is rapidly building a reputation for being at the forefront of the GSM technology and is eminently capable of delivering world class products to our mutual clients.”

Peter Cox, CEO of ID Data commented: “This agreement, together with the combined skills of the parties, will deliver significant returns for all concerned and once again demonstrates ID Data’s ability to find and structure technology to offer solutions ahead of the competition. The level of sales achieved will very much depend on who adopts the technology first but, with the current appetite to improve margins in the GSM world, this will drive consistent revenue over the next few years.

The recent launch of ChipPort, which offers ID Data’s technology and intellectual property to card manufacturers worldwide, is also expected to add significant revenue and create new opportunities for the business.”

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For further information, please contact:

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

Pathfinder Development Limited
Don McQueen, CEO
Tel: +44(0) 870 607 1036

Issued by:

Bankside Consultants Limited
Henry Harrison-Topham / Russell Elliott
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7444 4140

Notes to Editors:

ID Data plc

ID Data plc ("ID Data") is the world’s sixth largest supplier of secure transaction systems and smart card services to the international telephony, banking, retail and secure access sectors. The Company’s strategy, to move from commodity products to value-added services and solutions, has created a solid platform on which to build further growth. The Company’s clients include BT and Cable & Wireless, Barclays Bank, Tesco, and Exxon Mobil. ID Data has formed agreements with major global corporations to facilitate rapid market development including partnerships with Toshiba and Toppan. The Company has delivered in excess of 7 million chip cards to the banking market in the UK, giving it an estimated 32% market share after less than 18 months. The Company was founded in 1988 and was listed on the AIM in October 2000.


ChipPort Ltd

ChipPort, a subsidiary of ID Data plc was founded in October 2001 in order to capitalise on ID Data’s technology and is positioned to provide a range of immediate and complete card solutions to other card manufacturers worldwide.

The recent formation of the ChipPort business model will allow ID Data to enter the global markets without future investment and fulfils the need of global clients to have regionalised production and personalisation facilities. The company is managed by Mario Neves, who was previously the international vice-president for Npoint, a solutions company in Silicon Valley, USA.

Pathfinder Telecom Group

The Pathfinder Telecom Group is a telecoms technology licensing company. Pathfinder has a growing portfolio of mobile and fixed line call management systems for use by global telecoms operators. The Group was formed in 1998 and is part of the multi billon dollar private Interoute Communications Group.

For further information please call:

David Minns on +44 (0) 870 607 1036

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