Identrus, Gemplus and You

Smart cards continue to grow in acceptance

Smart card-based solutions provider Gemplus today announced that its comprehensive security solution for members of the Identrus global trust network is now available. GemSAFE IS (Identity Signature for the Identrus system), built on Gemplus GemSAFE proven PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)-based security technology, will enable participating financial institutions and the businesses that rely on them to obtain the highest level of security for their online B2B transactions and benefit from the simplicity and portability of a secure, smart card-based solution. Gemplus GemSAFE IS technology has passed Identrus technical interoperability testing, and seven Identrus member financial institutions have already selected Gemplus GemSAFE IS technology to integrate smart cards into their infrastructure for the Identrus system.

The GemSAFE IS offering gives Identrus participants all the key elements they need to design and implement a robust, global smart card-based solution. It includes: GemSAFE IS WORKSTATION: This is a package that enables each end-user of the financial institutions corporate customers to digitally sign and authenticate themselves on the Internet. Includes a PKI card, a reader and the signing interface software.

GemSAFE IS MANAGER: A Card Management System to manage the lifecycle for millions of cards.

Personalization services: A comprehensive set of services that bind a card to its owner.

Gemplus Services in EMEA, Americas and Pacific Asia: A comprehensive offering to assist financial institutions from planning to operation, implementation and review.

Gemplus has experience in both the IT security field, through the development of highly secured cards and the GemSAFE PKI product range, and the deployment of card management systems, whether for the banking, GSM or IT markets. The group also has the largest network of local personalization centers in the industry, which is a key element for globally deployed schemes such as Identrus.

Identrus, founded in April 1999, is creating a worldwide network of financial institutions to remove the final obstacle to B2B e-commerce: trust in a trading partners identity. To supply this trust, Identrus financial institutions certify their corporate customers as trading partners on the Internet. These trading partners use the Identrus infrastructure to conclusively identify one another through their financial institutions, ensure their communications are secure and create an indisputable record of their transactions. With these capabilities, they can conduct Internet business with confidence, opening new markets around the world and lowering their transaction costs. The infrastructure is open to financial institutions, their corporate customers, solution providers and security suppliers around the world.