Gemplus Delivers Smart Identity Management System To Pfizer Inc.
Gemplus Delivers its SafesITe Solution for Network Access Control and Digital Signatures
LUXEMBOURG and HORSHAM, Pennsylvania, November 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gemplus International S.A. , the world's leading provider of smart card solutions, today announces that Pfizer, Inc., the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company is deploying its technology for a smart badge identity management system. The system is designed to enable digital signatures, and to secure employee access to networks and facilities worldwide. To date Gemplus has shipped over 100,000 smart cards to Pfizer. The deployment of smart identity badges is part of Pfizer's "Global Identity Services" (GIS) program, which upon completion will be used by its employees, contractors and business partners all over the world.
Pfizer's GIS program seeks to build a globally aligned, company-wide electronic identity management infrastructure that is provisioned via an integrated smart badge. The objective of implementing smart cards is to improve the overall level of protection against intrusion, while enabling more efficient and secure collaboration among employees and business partners using digital signatures.
The Gemplus identity management solution, "SafesITe", allows Pfizer to benefit from two-factor authentication, which combines the traditional "something you know" (password or PIN), with "something you have" (smart integrated badge), enabling greater security than traditional username/passwords.
"Gemplus is extremely proud to work with Pfizer on this innovative project, which demonstrates Pfizer's innovation in the pharmaceutical industry to drive and set technology standards," said Dave Ludin, Vice President of ID and Security for Gemplus North America. "Pfizer stands among the top of a growing list of American enterprises that are recognizing the intrinsic security, convenience, and provisioning benefits of smart card-based identity management."
Gemplus International S.A. is the world's leading player in the smart card industry in both revenue and total shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest 2005, Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor). It has sold over 5.5 billion smart cards.
Gemplus delivers a wide range of portable, personalized solutions in areas including Identity, Mobile Telecommunications, Public Telephony, Banking, Retail, Transport, Healthcare, WLAN, Pay-TV, e-government, and access control.
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CONTACT: Carl Norell, Gemplus, Tel: 1-215-390-2899; Niamh Mahon, Edelman,Tel: +1-212-704-8256; Jane Strachey, Gemplus, Tel: +33(0)676493593