Precise Biometrics and ORGA partner to bring smart card technology to Health and ID markets

Lund 15 August 2002Precise Biometrics AB, developer and provider of world leading and user friendly biometric security solutions based on fingerprints, and ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH, a major system provider internationally in the Health and ID markets, have set up a partnership agreement. Under the agreement, ORGA will license Precise Biometrics' software for fingerprint functionality, Precise BioMatch C, and integrate it into ORGA's strong MICARDO smart card family. The two companies will jointly market and sell the new product to existing and potential customers in the Health and ID markets.

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The co-operation between Precise Biometrics and ORGA has been formed to meet the increased demand for fingerprint authentication in the Health and ID markets, where privacy combined with secure identification of the cardholder has become critical. The main purpose of the agreement is to provide customers within these segments with a powerful smart card solution with the built-in option of fingerprint authentication, which provides the user with greater security and convenience.

Under the agreement, ORGA will license Precise Biometrics' unique technology for fingerprint matching, Precise BioMatch C, and integrate it, together with Precise Match-on-Card capabilities, into its MICARDO smart cards, ORGA's highly secure smart cards.

"Precise Biometrics provides us with a proven and stabilised biometric solution with the added benefit of the Precise Match-on-Card's security and privacy. We believe this will prove to be a great competitive advantage for MICARDO, ORGA's highly secure chip operating systems for smart cards in Public Key Infrastructures (PKI) using the Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)", stated Frank Buettner, Senior Marketing Manager Health and ID Markets at ORGA.

The Health and ID card markets show significant growth, and estimates suggest that their added market value for 2005 will reach USD 1,5 billion. ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH belongs among the global elite of companies that have a complete command of the challenging topic of smart cards. ORGA delivers not just the cards themselves, but complex systems, single components, and end-to-end solutions that have been developed especially for applications in the Health and ID markets.

"This co-operation with ORGA gives Precise Biometrics the opportunity to enter new market segments, such as smart card projects in Health and ID markets. We also get to work with ORGA's strong and experienced sales and marketing force. As ORGA has recognised, Precise BioMatch C, with Precise Match-on-Card functionality, is perfect for these applications due to the economy achieved by using matching on the card, the scalability, the privacy and the security", stated Jonas Andersson, manager, Smart ID at Precise Biometrics.

ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH, part of the authentos group of companies, is one of the market leaders in the smart card industry. ORGA offers a full range of smart cards, hardware, software, systems, system integration and solutions for the telecommunications, banking, health care, and Internet sectors.

ORGA is headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, and operates its Smart Card Center in Flintbek, in one of the world's most modern production facilities for smart cards. Subsidiaries, sales offices and joint ventures give ORGA a strong presence in Great Britain, the United States, France, Singapore, Russia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Denmark, China, Brazil, Hong Kong, Italy, Portugal, Lithuania, Austria, and Spain.

Precise Biometrics AB is an innovative security company that supplies world-leading systems for authentication using fingerprints. The solutions supplied by the company replace keys, PIN codes and passwords. The company's products are cost-effective and provide security and comfort combined with topclass protection of personal integrity.

The range of products includes systems for access control to computers and networks and for building into mobile and terminals, such as mobile phones and portable computers. The company headquarters are in Lund, Sweden. The company also has offices in Stockholm and a United States subsidiary in Washington D.C.


Leslie Versweyveld

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