29 November 1999 - Baltimore Technologies
, a global supplier of e-commerce and enterprise security, and Gemplus
, a leading
provider of smart-card-based solutions, today announced the enhanced
integration of their products and a sales and marketing agreement.
This agreement will benefit customers of both companies
which wish to deploy smart-card-based Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems.
Baltimore has incorporated Gemplus GemSAFE smart cards into its PKI
solutions portfolio offering customers the choice of using this
integrated technology for added security and manageability in a
variety of e-commerce applications. Baltimore's products such as
UniCERT, MailSecure and PKI-Plus will support Gemplus GemSAFE smart
cards in future versions. With the strategic agreement, customers can
immediately use Baltimore's UniCERT digital certificates on GemSAFE
smart cards with a variety of e-business applications to provide
enhanced security and portability in a simple way.
Kommunedata (KMD), one of Denmark's largest systems operation and software
house, which provides a Certificate Authority Service in Denmark as a
Commercial Certification Authority (Trusted Third Party), is already
using the integrated solution to facilitate the rapid adoption of the
Internet as a key platform for business.
"We were highly conscious of the importance of interoperability in
choosing our PKI technology, in particular the ability to interface
seamlessly with smart cards. We recognised that both Baltimore and
Gemplus are leaders in their respective fields and given the fact that
they had already completed integration work as part of Baltimore's
PKIWorld resulted in the easy establishment of our CA services," said
Finn Grimstad, Vice-President for Technical Development, KMD.
"Smart cards provide a secure, portable means for using PKI technology
and digital certificates and are rapidly becoming part of everyday
life," stated John Palfreyman, Managing Director, Asia Pacific,
Baltimore Technologies. "Smart cards not only provide enhanced
security, but their ease of use offers a convenient, user friendly
means for portable user authentication. The integration of GemSAFE
technology with UniCERT Certificate Authority system will facilitate
the widespread deployment of smart card based PKI systems for both
e-commerce and enterprise applications," he added.
Gemplus and Baltimore Technologies are also working together on the
integration of GemSAFE Manager with Baltimore's UniCERT Certificate
Authority system. GemSAFE Manager is part of GemSAFE Enterprise,
Gemplus smart card-based network security solution. This component is
a server based system for managing and administering the entire
lifecycle of GemSAFE smart cards. The integration of this system with
UniCERT's flexible Registration Authority (RA) will enable bulk
personalization, corporate branding and management of the smart card
and the associated cryptographic keys and digital certificates it
"In the fast-growing age of digital business, PKI technology has become
the de-facto standard to secure open networks. Smart cards increase the
usability of any PKI implementation by providing corporations with a
secure and portable solution that can be adopted easily by all types of
users, including those with minimum technical knowledge," said Matthew
Lim, Electronic Business Marketing Director, Asia Pacific, Gemplus.
"The card-based solution provides a familiar token, increasing the
comfort level of users. This unique alliance between Baltimore
Technologies and Gemplus, provides our customers in Australia and
across the globe, with one of the best security solutions available
today," he added.
Baltimore's UniCERT is used in Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems
to provide full-strength security for a wide variety of e-Commerce and
Enterprise security systems. Using digital certificates, UniCERT
provides authentication and non-repudiation facilities for services
such as Secure Email, Internet Shopping, Secure Web Banking, Online
Trading and Virtual Private Networks.
Gemplus GemSAFE Enterprise provides corporations with an integrated
security solution, including all the hardware and software necessary
to enhance an existing PKI, from the development tools and end-user
components, to the management and administration system. In addition
to integrating into an existing PKI, GemSAFE Enterprise can
potentially be incorporated into other IT security applications
including firewalls and VPNs. GemSAFE technology has already been
adopted by more than 15 solutions providers and by large OEMs such as
Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM.
Gemplus S.C.A. is the world's leading provider of
plastic and smart card-based solutions (by units sold, source:
Dataquest 1998). Gemplus sells magnetic stripe cards, memory and
microprocessor-based smart cards, smart contactless cards, electronic
tags and smart objects. The company designs and markets software,
development tools and readers. Gemplus also provides consulting,
training and personalization services to deliver the industry's most
comprehensive and flexible card-based solutions to its developers,
distributors, partners, and customers.
With sales of over US$648 million in 1998, Gemplus employs more than
4,300 people in 10 manufacturing facilities, 5 R&D centers and 41
sales and marketing offices located in 27 countries around the world.
Founded in 1988, Gemplus has successfully implemented portable and
secure smart card-based solutions to simplify applications such as
public and wireless communications, financial transactions, loyalty,
transportation, education, healthcare, identity, physical access
control, pay TV, electronic commerce, Internet security, logical
access control and information technology.
About Baltimore Technologies
Baltimore Technologies develops and markets security products and
services to enable companies to develop trusted, secure systems for
e-business, e-commerce and the Internet. Its products include a wide
range of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems, cryptographic
toolkits, security applications and hardware cryptographic devices.
Baltimore's global professional services organization offers a wide
variety of consulting, training and deployment support to its
customers worldwide. Baltimore Technologies markets and sells its
solutions worldwide directly and through the TrustedWorld channel
program. TrustedWorld includes many of the world's leading technology
companies and a wide variety of global, regional and local business
Baltimore Technologies employs over 450 people worldwide and operates
from over 20 cities with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland; London, UK;
Boston, USA and Sydney, Australia. Baltimore Technologies plc is a
public company with dual listings on NASDAQ (BALT) and the London
Stock Exchange (BLM). Intel Corporation is a minority shareholder in
the Company. Baltimore Technologies made e-commerce history in 1998
when President Clinton and Ireland's Prime Minister Ahern digitally
signed an inter-governmental communiqué using security technology
provided by Baltimore.