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first smartcard combining digital signature, on-board key generation, and electronic payment functionalities

The new GPK4000 Public Key smart card from Gemplus offers an unsurpassed range of features and an advanced cryptographic co-processor, and is ideally suited for securing access to on-line services through its digital signature capability, and for enabling secure electronic commerce transactions through its strong authentication functionality and support for multiple electronic payment schemes.

Public-key based smartcards are the only portable and secure solution to performing digital signature authentication and non-repudiation. This technology eliminates the need for physical presence and hand-written signatures.

GPK4000 features a full cryptographic function set including 1024-bit RSA-based digital signature at sub-second speed, and 4 Kbytes of application memory on a complete and powerful multi-application operating system. GPK4000 allows card issuers to combine multiple applications on the same card, such as on-line banking, strong authentication to on-line resources, and e-purse or electronic cash.

“We are pleased that industry leader Gemplus has chosen RSA’s industry-leading technology for their high-quality, high-performance smart card,” says Jim Bidzos, President of RSA Data Security, Inc, “RSA is considered to be the most trusted encryption available, whether for web browsers or smart cards. When it comes to applications of smart cards such as electronic cash or personal identity, there is no such thing as too much security. Users can use these smart cards with the greatest of confidence.”

Gemplus GPK4000 cards will be used in the soon-to-be released ImagineCard 2.0 system, the only complete security solution for both corporate applications and web services, jointly developed by Hewlett-Packard and Gemplus.

“The additional capabilities of Gemplus’ GPK4000 enable our customers to deploy more comprehensive smart card applications based on ImagineCard solutions,” said Christian Roy, General Manager of HP Enterprise Networking and Security Division. “Through ImagineCard and the strength of Gemplus’ GPK4000 card, HP meets its commitment to bring the benefits of smartcards to support the extended enterprise’s business processes.”

GPK4000 provides a unique on-board key generation mechanism, making sure that the private part of the Public Key that performs the cardholder's digital signature is never exposed outside the card.  GPK4000 keys - whether generated internally or loaded by the issuer - can be certified by any Certification Authority through the card’s ability to store industry-standard X.509 certificates in the card's memory.
The GPK4000 card has also been specifically designed to strengthen the security of an ever increasing number of websites relying on SSL3 protocol for mutual authentication of client and web server.

“Authentication is a necessary component for the widespread adoption of electronic commerce,” says Anil Pereira, Director of Corporate Marketing for VeriSign, “VeriSign Digital identifications stored on Gemplus GPK4000 smartcards provide Internet and corporate network users with a convenient, portable method for secure access to online resources and a trusted, proven solution to participate in secure communications and online payments.”

Gemplus will provide application developers with toolkits and software libraries to seamlessly interface the GPK4000 functions with all major browsers.  Following release of the GPK2000 in 1996, the GPK4000 is the second in the GPK (Gemplus Public Key) line of Public Key smart cards for securing Intranet, Extranet and Internet services.  The GPK family will continue to be enhanced with future versions including more memory and other breakthrough functionalities.  The GPK card range is compliant with ISO7816-1, -2, -3, -4 and is EMV compatible. GPK4000 features a suite of developer algorithms, including RSA, DSA/DSS, DES, Triple-DES, MD5 and SHA1.

GPK Developer’s ToolKit
The GPK Developer’s Toolkit and additional on-line support enables developers to prototype and develop applications. The kit includes :

- PILOT GPK, a Windows based program for rapid application development and personalisation
- a GCR410 card reader with RS232 serial port connection
- sample GPK4000 cards
- Reference Manual and Application Notes.

Additional information about Gemplus
Gemplus Group is the world’s leading producer of magnetic stripe cards and smart cards. Gemplus manufactures and sells memory cards, microprocessor cards (both contact and contactless), 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.

In 1996, Gemplus’ total sales were $440 million (equivalent to £271 million on 13 October 1997). In 1997, the company boasts a production capacity of 900 million magnetic stripe and smart cards.

Gemplus sells its products worldwide for 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.

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