New major order confirms Sagem Orga as supplier to Postbank

Paderborn, (PresseBox) - The smart card expert Sagem Orga has won a major follow-up order for smart cards with SEPA functionality (debit cards) from Postbank, one of Germany's largest retail banks. For the first time, each letter sent out with the smart card will be accompanied by a fully personalized enclosure.

Sagem Orga is the only smart card company in the German banking market to still have the entire value chain for card production - from manufacture of the blanks to lettershop - in Germany. The new follow-up order from Postbank will also be handled entirely at the high-tech plant in Flintbek (near Kiel) in Northern Germany.

While until now debit cards have been accompanied only by a letter to the customer when they were sent out from the lettershop, this new major order involves a completely new element. For the first time, each smart card will also be accompanied by a completely personalized enclosure, tailored for the individual customer. This innovative feature, designed by the Postbank in cooperation with VÖB-ZVD Bank, is being implemented for the first time for the Postbank Card with Sagem Orga.

All debit cards for Postbank will be equipped with a SECCOS chip; the Secure Chip Card Operating System is a highly secure operating system for multifunctional smart cards.

Shipment of the debit cards will begin in September and continue for a year. This order underscores the successful collaboration between Sagem Orga and Postbank, which has existed since 2000.

"Award of the follow-up order by Postbank, including the new services such as a personalized enclosure, underscores Sagem Orga's technology leadership in the banking arena," said Pierre-Henri Manegrier, Vice President EMEA Banking, Health, ID at Sagem Orga. "I am convinced that our policy of producing bank cards completely in Germany and thus offering the very highest level of security regularly plays a role when customers from the German banking market choose Sagem Orga."

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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. As a subsidiary of Sagem Sécurité it is part of the international high-tech group SAFRAN, which generates annual sales of more than 12 billion euros with 57,000 employees in over 30 countries.

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Sagem Sécurité is a high-technology company in the SAFRAN Group. One of the world's leading suppliers of identity systems, Sagem Sécurité focuses on applications including personal rights and flow management, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, secure terminals and smart cards. Its integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and states. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Sécurité is present on all continents.

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