April 02, 2009 01:00 ET  – Gemalto and Precise Biometrics today introduce Gemalto .NET Bio. This innovative solution enables organizations to enhance network security and protect online identities by replacing weak, static passwords, with strong authentication. Gemalto .NET Bio includes Precise Biometrics’ fingerprint technology, Precise Match-on-Card(TM), and is easy to deploy and manage. The solution also integrates seamlessly into Microsoft Windows environments.

The Precise Match-on-Card(TM) technology stores and verifies users fingerprint information directly on a smart card, in this case a Gemalto .NET card.  The fingerprint information never leaves the card and is never stored in a database, thus protecting their digital identities and privacy.

Organizations employ Gemalto smart cards and tokens for strong user authentication to their networks, as well as for data encryption and digital signature services. Traditionally, smart cards are protected by a PIN to verify the holder of the device is its legitimate owner.

With Gemalto .NET Bio, organizations benefit from the convenience of fingerprint authentication and the portability and security of smart card devices, all seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Windows operating systems and applications.”Gemalto and Precise Biometrics have done a great job integrating smart cards and biometrics within the security layer of Windows Operating systems.” said Dustin Ingalls, Director of Program Management: Windows Core Operating System Division, Microsoft.

Thomas Marschall, Precise Biometrics’ CEO, is very pleased with the cooperation with Gemalto for the product development and comments:

“This solution creates a major volume market opportunity for Precise Match-on-Card in the employee ID segment due to its simplicity and user-friendliness, as it eliminates the need for any additional middleware and installation. In combination with the wide availability of fingerprint readers in laptops, there is a clear business case for cost-savings and increased security for any organization. We count on a number of projects to start up already this year”

Gemalto .NET Bio works seamlessly with a wide range of applications for Windows and provides a very familiar user experience. The solution has an intuitive interface and users can enroll their fingerprints on the cards themselves, making it straightforward and cost-effective for both IT administrators and employees.

The solution will be demonstrated by Gemalto at the 2009 RSA Conference in San Francisco, US 20-24 April 2009.

For more information on .NET Bio, please visit www.gemalto.com/products/dotnet_bio/

About .NET Bio and Microsoft Compatibility

Gemalto and Precise Biometrics succeeded in making the solution work seamlessly with Microsoft product ecosystem. In addition, the Gemalto .NET card minidriver is integrated with Microsoft’s Windows Smart Card Framework. It is included in the box with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 and packaged as part of a Windows update for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the leader in digital security with annual revenues of over €1.6 billion, more than 75 offices in 40 countries and about 10,000 employees including 1,300 R&D engineers. In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our lives, Gemalto’s solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable.

Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the development of software applications through design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports and tokens to the deployment of managed services for its customers. More than a billion people worldwide use the company’s products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity  management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years. For more information, please visit www.gemalto.com.

For further information, please contact Thomas Marschall, CEO, Precise Biometrics AB Tel: +46 46 31 11 10 or +46 734 35 11 10

E-mail thomas.marschall@precisebiometrics.com

Precise Biometrics is a market-leading provider of solutions for fingerprint recognition to prove people’s identities. With top-of-the-line expertise in fingerprint verification, Precise Biometrics offers fast, accurate and secure authentication of a person.

Its core product, Precise Match-on-Card™, adds value to ID, SIM, enterprise and bank cards as well as systems for access control to buildings, computers and networks. Precise Biometrics serves business and government organizations throughout the world and its technology is licensed to more than 80 million users.

For more information, please visit www.precisebiometrics.com or see a presentation www.precisebiometrics.com/movie.aspx.

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