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CeBIT 2008: Sagem Orga showcases security technology for citizens and government

(PresseBox) (Paderborn / Hanover, ) How can personal identities be protected in an increasingly mobile and digital world? At CeBIT, the leading trade show for information and communications technology, the smart card expert Sagem Orga is presenting comprehensive solutions that address this question posed by the German government's eCard strategy.

The issues of identity cards, cash and signatures are everyday matters for citizens. Technological developments are opening up new possibilities: Business transactions can be handled electronically, payments made by contactless means, and documents and data stored on tiny chips. However, the Internet does not yet offer the same level of security as the physical world. The increasing digitization of communications and the fact that people travel more mean that we face new problems that can be solved reliably only with biometric systems or smart card technology.

At CeBIT, Sagem Orga will demonstrate how the protection of personal identities - for electronic documents, legal security of electronically transacted business or personal data - can be ensured. One example relates to the electronic ID card that is to be rolled out in 2009 as part of the German government's eCard strategy. It will have a digital passport photo and fingerprint as well as a chip for storing ID data and a PIN code. As a result, citizens will be able to prove their identity in the real world and virtual spaces alike - with Sagem Orga's high-security technology ensuring user-friendliness and protection of sensitive data.

Security technology is also crucial in electronic payment. Sagem Orga will demonstrate contactless means of payment at CeBIT 2008 with a real-world test.

Another key element in the German government's security strategy is the electronic health card. Sagem Orga is one of the driving partners in this project: The company was the first to ship and introduce in test regions a card complying fully with current and future specifications, and it has already received a first major order for 8.5 million cards from the health insurer Techniker Krankenkasse. At CeBIT 2008, Sagem Orga will give visitors the chance to try out a health card in actual operation.

Overview of the solutions and products:
- Electronic health card in live operation
- Electronic health card terminals
- Paying by mobile phone
- Demonstration of the electronic tachograph
- Contactless payment by smart card

The partner country at CeBIT this year is France. As a German/French company (Sagem Orga is a subsidiary of France's high-tech provider Sagem Sécurité), the company sees this year's CeBIT as a particularly suitable platform for also discussing cooperation projects and solutions with French visitors.

For visitors interested in e-banking we recommend the speech held by Sagem Sécurité in the CeBIT Finance Solutions Forum, hall 17, stand A01, Friday 7th of March 2008, 11h40 am.Title: "Win e-banking users' trust with a secure & appealing turn-key solution".Content: Trust is an essential foundation of a relationship, especially for online business. Thanks to a convenient "Chip & PIN smart card", banks are now offered a highly secure and trustworthy turnkey solution to attract customers and to leverage their internet banking services.

Sagem Orga at CeBIT 2008:March 4 - 9, 2008, Public Sector Parc, Hanover Hall 9, Stand E04

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Sagem Orga is a pioneer and a global leader in the smart card industry. The company develops and implements cutting-edge technology to turn the vision of unbounded mobile communications and integrated digital security into a reality. Sagem Orga's portfolio includes hardware, software, consulting and services, all focused on smart cards for the benefit of consumers and providers in the telecommunications, health, identification and banking areas.

In the telecommunications sector, Sagem Orga's customers include the world's largest wireless carriers. Millions of people benefit from its custom-made solutions for GSM, CDMA and UMTS. With its security technology designed for the health, identification and banking industries, Sagem Orga protects people and their identities around the world and secures electronic communications between government agencies and the citizens and companies they serve. It offers solutions for biometric and electronic identification, electronic ID cards, health cards, drivers' licenses and cashless payment.

Sagem Orga has a worldwide network of subsidiaries, branches and sales partners as well as production facilities incorporating the latest technology in Germany, Brazil, Russia and India. The company has a workforce of over 2,100 people. It is a 100% subsidiary of Sagem Sécurité, part of the international high-tech group SAFRAN, which generates annual sales of more than 12 billion euros with 63,000 employees in over 30 countries.
www.sagem-orga.com