Gemalto To Provide 3 Million Identity Cards In Kuwait

National ID cardcomplies with Gulf Cooperation Council regulation designed to allow citizens of all GCC countries to travel freely between member states

November 7, 2009

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Amsterdam, November 2, 2009 " Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announced it is delivering national ID cards to Kuwait, as part of the government program commissioned by the country's Public Authority For Civil Information. Al-Kharafi, an international private Kuwait-based company, is prime contractor for this nationwide program. The agreement appoints Gemalto to deliver electronic multi-application ID cards for citizens embedding contact and contactless smart card technologies, as well as plastic cards for foreign residents that implement highly secure printing features. In addition, Gemalto provides support and training services, project management, as well as smart card related software. Citizen card rollout started in June 2009 and resident cards will be deployed in the coming months. The national ID card is compulsory for all inhabitants of Kuwait.

Kuwait determined to deploy this national ID card in order to comply with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regulation designed to allow citizens of all GCC countries to travel freely between member states. This card will serve as the official ID document for Kuwaiti citizens and will also be used as a travel document in the GCC region.

The Gemalto contactless technology built in the card increases speed, convenience and security of identity verification at border crossings. In the future, the contact functionality will allow cardholders to access e-government services and perform transactions in a simple and secure manner. Foreign residents will use their card as their national ID document within the Kuwaiti territory. In the second phase, it could be upgraded to a microprocessor card.

"For PACI, it was important to fully utilize the region's most established population registry and provide citizens with a secure travel document and convenient platform for additional services," commented Musaed Al-Assoussi, Director General, PACI.

"PACI has always been a pioneer in recording and managing population information and with the new smart card, they are entering a new era: Security in identifying the cardholder and convenience when crossing borders," added Jacques Seneca, executive vice-president of the Security Business Unit at Gemalto.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2008 annual revenues of 1.68 billion, and 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 40 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work—anytime, anywhere—has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM), Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

As the use of Gemalto's software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

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