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Gemplus, the world's leading producer of magnetic stripe cards and smart cards, has signed a licence agreement with Innovatron for its GemCore(TM) component kit for manufacturers of electronic hardware. Under the agreement, Gemplus will relieve any purchaser of GemCore(TM) from any fees otherwise payable to Innovatron.

GemCore(TM) allows quick, easy and cost-efficient integration of a smart card interface into any type of electronic equipment: computer peripheral devices, public payphones, all types of automatic vending machines, portable objects such as computers, electronic notebooks and phones, or into more standard self-standing smart card readers. Operational from the moment it is integrated into a piece of equipment, GemCoreÒ allows the systems integrator to reduce development time.

The agreement enables Gemplus and Innovatron to make GemCore(TM) a global solution, integrating not only all technical and functional aspects but also all legal considerations. From now on, the GemCore(TM) licence will include the Innovatron licence on smart card products and readers.

Innovatron Services is the French leader in the distribution, installation and maintenance of banking card and check terminals. The company licenses and manages a portfolio of its patents, especially those deposited in 1978-1979, as well as enhancing the value of third party patents (notably certain patents from Gemplus) relating to smart memory cards.



Gemplus specialises in manufacturing and selling memory cards, microprocessor cards (both contact and contactless) and magnetic stripe cards, as well as electronic tags. It also designs and markets software, terminals and systems and provides personalisation, consultancy and training services to offer its customers comprehensive solutions.

The company currently has a production capacity of around 900 million plastic and smart cards. These are used worldwide in such applications as public and cellular telephony, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, gaming, identity, access control, pay TV, security for computer networks and electronic commerce.

Information about Gemplus’ products and services can be found on the company's World Wide Web site at: http://www.gemplus.com.

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Gemplus Ltd, New Lane, Havant, Hants PO9 2NR  TEL: 01705 486 444                 FAX: 01705 472 081  URL: http://www.gemplus.com

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Gemplus Ltd, International Information Centre, Wheathills Farm, Brun Lane, Mackworth, Derby DE22 4NE

EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES

In the first instance to: Julie Tomlinson, The Media Crystal, Wheathills Farm,Brun Lane, Mackworth, Derby DE22 4NE England.  TEL: 01332 824 781        FAX: 01332 824 755     Email: julie@media-crystal.co.uk           
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