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Gemalto: Finland selects Gemalto for its new secure electronic passport and eID

Amsterdam, Jan. 19, 2016 -
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has
been chosen by theNational Police Board in Finlandto supply the country's new
ePassport, which will enable secure and faster border crossings. The new
travel document has advanced security features and is fully compliant
withICAO1requirements. Gemalto is already responsible for Finland's
polycarbonate electronic ID (eID) and resident permit cards. Under the new
multi-year contract Gemalto will produce and personalize hundreds of
thousands ofSealys ePassports
andeID cards
each year. These will be issued to citizens within days or even hours, via a
convenient nationwide network of trusted retail outlets and delivery points.

Finland was the first country in the world to introduce polycarbonate material
for secure documents in 1989, as well as the first passport with a
polycarbonate data page a few years later. This latest evolution of its
ePassport incorporates numerous advances in fraud protection. In line with
the ICAO and European Union requirements regarding security and privacy, the
holder's digital photograph and fingerprints are stored safely in the
contactless microprocessor that is embedded in the passport's polycarbonate
data page.

In addition there will also be some unique security features such as theSealys
Window Lock
where a negative ghost image is laser personalized into a metallic foil hidden
in a transparent window. This unique technology makes a simultaneous
manipulation of the document holder's portrait and ghost image after issuance
of the document impossible without leaving visible traces.

"This is the third generation of Finnish ePassports, which underlines our
commitment to providing citizens with the full benefits of electronic and
polycarbonate identity and travel documents
," said Minna Gråsten, Chief of License Administration at National Police
Board."Gemalto's proposal met all our key objectives for robust security,
fulfilment, and high quality citizen services, as well as extensive artwork

"This new contract further strengthens our long-standing relationship with the
Finnish government
," said Frédéric Trojani, Executive Vice President of Government Programs at
Gemalto. "Finland is at the forefront when it comes to continuous innovation
more secure identity and travel documents to help fight identity fraud. This
is especially important in our new international context, and we see a
growing interest worldwide to adopt the most advanced polycarbonate

1International Civil Aviation Organization,

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security,
with 2014 annual revenues of €2.5 billion and blue-chip customers in over 180

Gemalto helps people trust one another in an increasingly connected digital
world. Billions of people want better lifestyles, smarter living
environments, and the freedom to communicate, shop, travel, bank, entertain
and work - anytime, everywhere - in ways that are enjoyable and safe. In this
fast moving mobile and digital environment, we enable companies and
administrations to offer a wide range of trusted and convenient services by
securing financial transactions, mobile services, public and private clouds,
eHealthcare systems, access to eGovernment services, the Internet and
internet-of-things and transport ticketing systems.

Gemalto's unique technology portfolio - from advanced cryptographic software
embedded in a variety of familiar objects, to highly robust and scalable
back-office platforms for authentication, encryption and digital credential
management - is delivered by our world-class service teams. Our 14,000
employees operate out of 99 offices, 34 personalization and data centers, and
24 research and software development centers located in 46 countries.

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follow@gemaltoon Twitter.

Gemalto media contacts:

| Philippe Benitez Peggy Edoire Vivian Liang |
|North America |
|+1 512 257 3869 Europe&CIS Greater China |
| +33 4 42 36 45 40 +86 1059373046 |
| |
| Ernesto Haikewitsch Kristel Teyras Pierre Lelievre |
|Latin America Middle East&Africa Asia Pacific |
|+55 11 5105 9220 +33 1 55 01 57 89 +65 6317 3802 |
| |
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Source: Gemalto via Globenewswire


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