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Giesecke & Devrient and Rainbow Technologies present new product concept on CeBIT 2002

The technology group G&D, together with Rainbow Technologies, Inc. a leading provider of security solutions for Internet and eCommerce, have jointly developed a new concept product that achieves a new level of convenience in security. The SuperToken is the first key chain token to integrate a complete system for authentication, digital signatures, and biometrics in a single device. SuperToken provides unsurpassed mobility and ease-of-use for personal digital credentials by, for the first time, offering full security without requiring a PIN or password.

The new concept product demonstrated at CeBIT 2002 combines chip-card, fingerprint reader with picture-processor and verification software in one unit. The matchbox-sized SuperToken is especially attractive to mobile users who have additional security requirements. With this new development, G&D uses the STARCOS operating system, combining signature functionality and on-card matching technology. With this, fingerprint reference data stored on the chip is compared with the data obtained by the sensor. Rainbow designed the token and developed the firmware which runs the USB controllers and internal components.

Neither a card nor fingerprint reader, nor separate picture recognition software need to be deployed separately for the authentication per SuperToken. Once the digital user fingerprint is stored on the token, the entire comparison occurs on the chip itself. Even external power is not required, as power is obtained via the USB interface. This new product concept for intelligent tokens offers a complete and mobile system for biometric-based authentication and digital signature.

“The Super Token concept product is an excellent example of the innovative development work that Rainbow and G&D can accomplish together,” said Graham Peat, European marketing manager, Rainbow Technologies. “We believe that we can successfully leverage our combined experience and success in the chip and security technology industries to develop solutions for key strategic markets throughout Europe.”

Harald Gerber, marketing manager at G&D, said, “Rainbow’s strong reputation for developing successful solutions in the area of security solutions make them an ideal partner for us. The rapid expansion of eCommerce and IT-Security demands complete solutions from experienced partners.”


Company contact:

Dan Chmielewski / Graham Peat
Rainbow Technologies
+1 949 450-7377

Harald Gerber
Giesecke & Devrient
Strategic Marketing
+49 89 4119 2231

Press contact:

Catherine Eyres / Sarah Hewitt
Strategic Alliance International
+44 1494 434 434

Andrea Bockholt
Press Officer
Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
+49 89 41 19-1189

About Rainbow Technologies

Founded in 1984, Rainbow Technologies is a leading provider of information security solutions for the Internet, eCommerce, mCommerce, content protection, software distribution and high-assurance communications. Rainbow applies its core technology to a variety of Internet applications including software security; custom high assurance security hardware; complete eBusiness services; and content/transaction security solutions over corporate networks, VPNs and the Internet. Rainbow's products include: secure Web server acceleration solutions; anti-piracy and Internet software distribution solutions; PKI-based security solutions; voice, data and satellite information security and authentication solutions; and USB-based Web authentication tokens. With headquarters in Irvine, Calif., Rainbow security maintains offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, China, India, The Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, and Taiwan. A network of nearly 80 authorized distributors sells Rainbow products worldwide.

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iKey is a trademark of Rainbow Technologies, Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective organisations.

About Giesecke & Devrient:

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is an internationally operating high-tech group, founded in 1852 as a specialist for banknote printing and security paper manufacture, later adding currency automation systems to its product spectrum. Today, G&D is a technology leader in the supply of smart cards, card systems and solutions for telecommunications, electronic payments, transportation, health, ID, loyalty, pay-TV, multimedia and Internet security (PKI).

The Giesecke & Devrient Group, headquartered in Munich, has subsidiaries and joint ventures operating all over the world. G&D employs almost 7,000 people world-wide and generated a revenue of euro 1.1 billion in 2000. Throughout the company's 150-year history, G&D has consistently pioneered the use of innovative technology. Today, the supply of complex system solutions and customised services plays an increasingly important part in the organisation's activities.

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