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Sagem Orga the first in the German electronic health card market to receive Common Criteria (CC) certification for its eHealth platform MICARDO

(PresseBox) (Paderborn, ) Sagem Orga is once more the first company to receive a vital certification for the new telematics infrastructure of the German electronic health card: The BSI, the German Office for Security in Information Technology, has now given the smart card expert official certification of the fact that Version 3 of its operating system MICARDO fulfills all security criteria.

The MICARDO operating system is a powerful platform and the basis for the development of the various versions of the health cards. It supports the new patient card (eGK) as well as the HBA and SMC cards for physicians and pharmacists.

Sagem Orga had previously received official certification from gematik for all card versions to be used in the future telematics infrastructure (eGK, HBA and the security module SMC). The Common Criteria certification by the BSI now certifies that the operating system architecture of MICARDO at the basis of the infrastructure also meets the most stringent security demands.

This makes Sagem Orga the only manufacturer now certified for all cards needed for the telematics infrastructure in the healthcare sector and whose operating system platform has the Common Criteria security certificate.

"The certification of the MICARDO eHealth platform by the BSI underscores once more the leading role played by Sagem Orga in the security of the infrastructure for the German electronic health card," said Silvio Stockmann, Vice President and Head of the Business Unit Health, ID, and Payment at Sagem Orga. "We have now met a strategic goal that is very important for us, since technology leadership and the availability of smart card software in this field enables us to support customers ideally and with solid experience as they migrate to the new card generation. With leading edge eHealth cards, terminals and security modules in France and Germany, Sagem Orga is perfectly positioned for eHealth projects in the EU, especially in terms of interoperability and security."

In the past, the company had already set milestones in the eHealth project Vitale 2: The French health card, which is currently being rolled out, was developed by Sagem Orga. This highly secure card is based on the MorphoCitiz platform and includes all the identification, authentication and digital signature functions (IAS) defined in the European Citizen Card Standard (CENTC224WG15). The Vitale 2 card is both a health card and an e-Administration card. Like MICARDO, Vitale 2 also has the EAL4+ security certificate for the digital signature protection profile.

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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.