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Smart card leader teams with expert RFID design firm

27 April 2004

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), the international technology group and the
leading provider of contactless smart cards to the transit market, has
licensed Jewel(TM), the low-cost contactless smart card chip for mass
transit ticketing from Innovision Research & Technology plc, the RFID
design services specialist.

Jewel is the smallest and lowest-cost chip ever produced for smart card
applications, and is already attracting huge interest from the US mass
transit sector. With a very small silicon area, the Jewel chip is
inexpensive to produce and compatible with international standards -
including ISO 14443A, the new UK transport standard ITSO version 2.1
and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey's Regional
Interoperability Standards (RIS) Limited Use fare card specifications.
It enables production and deployment of contactless tickets compatible
with existing ticket types in smart card-enabled public transportation

"The Jewel contactless smart card is the first of its kind, and a true
solution for transit agencies that want total migration to contactless
smart card technology for all their ticketing needs. The Jewel
contactless smart card provides a cost effective alternative to transit
agencies for use as a single ride ticket or other limited use transit
ticketing options," said Hassan Tavassoli, Director of Industry and
Government for Giesecke & Devrient's North American Card Systems
Division. "Our transit customers needed a low-cost contactless solution
and we are answering the call."

"Giesecke & Devrient's strong position in the North American mass
transit market and its decision to license the Jewel technology is a
clear sign to the industry that our innovative approach to smart
ticketing is the way forward for mass transit operations," said Marc
Borrett, Managing Director of Innovision R&T. "Jewel contactless
tickets provide a range of improvements for the mass transit industry -
from much more efficient card reading to infinitely better passenger
movement management, security and fraud protection. For operators, the
increased ticketing functionality is accompanied by cost savings across
the board. For travellers, contactless tickets can greatly improve
convenience and safety."

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Notes To Editors

About Innovision Research & Technology plc

Innovision Research & Technology plc is an electronics solutions
provider and a major player in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
Design Services.

Through the creation, development and licensing of technologies,
Innovision R&T provides innovative solutions to a wide variety of
enterprises, including some of the world's largest companies. A growing
team of more than 50 personnel and commercial expertise honed in the
industry's most challenging sectors enables Innovision R&T to support
the entire RFID design process from concept development through to
production engineering. Innovision R&T works in close partnership with
its customers to drive commercial success and deliver competitive

Innovision R&T is listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the
London Stock Exchange (Ticker Symbol: INN.L). Its head office is in
Wokingham, Berkshire, UK. Its U.S. office is located in Plano, Texas.
For more information, visit

About Giesecke & Devrient

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a technology leader in the supply of smart
cards, systems and solutions for telecommunications, electronic
payments, transportation, health, ID, and Internet security (PKI). G&D
is also a leading provider of banknotes and securities as well as
currency processing equipment. The Giesecke & Devrient Group,
headquartered in Munich, Germany, operates subsidiaries and joint
ventures all over the world. G&D employs over 6,400 people world-wide
and generates annual revenues of EUR 1.09 billion. For more
information, visit

Media Enquiries

Innovision Research & Technology plc:

Stephen Fleming or Martin Stabe at Palam Communications
Tel +44 (0) 1635 299116
Fax +44 (0) 1635 299115

Giesecke & Devrient:

Heather Klein
Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel +1 703 480 2086
Fax +1 703 480 2067

General Enquiries

Innovision Research & Technology plc:

UK - Ian Lavigne
Ash Court, 23 Rose Street, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 1XS, United Kingdom
Tel +44 (0) 118 936 6362
Fax +44 (0) 118 979 1500

USA - Jim Ferguson
3308 Canyon Valley Trail, Plano TX 75023, USA
Tel +1 800 618-9337
Mobile +1 214 244-8216

Giesecke & Devrient:

Kevin Krest
45925 Horseshoe Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, USA
Tel +1 770 552 5807
Fax +1 703 480 2067

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