ActivCard and Giesecke & Devrient Team to Deliver Comprehensive Java Card

– Based Smart Card Solutions for Enterprise and Government G&D’s Sm@rtCafe Expert Java Card Qualified as Compliant with ActivCard Secure Remote Access, Secure Desktop, and Digital ID Card Solutions

FREMONT, Calif. and DULLES, Va., May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — ActivCard(R) (Nasdaq: ACTI; NASDAQ EUROPE: ACTI), the leader in IDentity Management (IDM) software, and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), a worldwide leading provider of smart cards and systems, today announced that ActivCard has qualified the G&D Sm@rtCafe(R) Expert Java Card(TM) as compliant with its ActivCard Identity Management System(TM) (AIMS), ActivCard Gold(TM) smart card middleware and ActivCard ID Applet Framework, and ActivPack(TM) AAA Authentication Server.

Expanded Customer Choice of Smart Cards for Corporate and Government Identity Management
The partnership leverages the combined strength of G&D’s Java Card and Global Platform-based smart card operating system and ActivCard’s leading card middleware and card management solutions. Together, the products meet the rigorous demands of enterprise-class ID card initiatives that increasingly require the capabilities and assurances of secure applet loading, post-issuance card updates, and PKI capability. ActivCard leverages Sm@rtCafe(R) Expert with its complete suite of applets — providing PIN management, PKI, one-time-passwords, biometrics and static password services for securing business applications.

Multi-Application Card Solutions for Integrating Physical and Logical Security
The combined technology from ActivCard and G&D enables system integrators and value added resellers to deliver consolidated identity solutions that merge their customers’ traditional facility and physical ID badge security with the growing number of network security credentials assigned to each employee and partner.

John Atkinson, Vice President and General Manager of Smart Cards for Giesecke & Devrient’s North American division stated, “We are pleased to be solidifying our relationship with ActivCard, as our joint efforts will provide a strong solution to the global marketplace. G&D’s Sm@rtCafe(R) Expert Java Card(TM) with ActivCard Gold(TM) and the full suite of ActivCard card management solutions enhances the security components of physical and logical access smart cards for deployment to the corporate and government arenas.”

Ed MacBeth, ActivCard Senior Vice President Corporate Marketing and Channel Sales added, “We are pleased G&D sought ActivCard testing and validation of Sm@rtCafe(R) Expert with our solutions. G&D’s patented technology in the smart card industry coupled with ActivCard’s expertise in Corporate Access Card(TM) deployments and the U.S. Department of Defense Common Access Card program offers integrators and channel partners expanded opportunity to deliver solutions for enterprise ID projects — as well as Homeland Security and other government smart card initiatives around the globe.”

Giesecke & Devrient will be demonstrating ActivCard IDM Software Solutions with the Sm@rtCafe(R) Expert smart cards at the CardTech/SecurTech exhibit in Orlando, Florida, May 12-15.

About ActivCard
ActivCard is the leader in IDentity Management (IDM) software for remote access, secure sign-on and digital ID card solutions. Our scalable IDM and strong authentication solutions are trusted by organizations — from enterprise to governments around the world. ActivCard IDM systems deliver maximum Return On Identity(TM) (ROI) through increased security, reduced cost, and user convenience. The modular product design allows our customers to add capabilities as required, preserving their investment. For more information, visit

About Giesecke & Devrient
Giesecke & Devrient is a worldwide technology leader, providing smart cards and a solutions in the fields of telecommunications, electronic payments, transportation, health, ID and Internet security. G&D is also a leading provider of banknotes and securities as well as currency processing equipment. G&D’s North American headquarters, located in Dulles, VA, houses the R&D technology center, sales, marketing and smart card production facilities. In addition to the Dulles facility, G&D operates full service card manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Ontario and Mexico that are certified by both VISA and MasterCard. The combined production capacity of these four facilities makes G&D one of the largest of any North American cards and card systems manufacturer. As a 150 year old international technology group with over 30 subsidiaries throughout the world, Giesecke & Devrient employs over 6,500 people and generates an annual revenue in excess of 1 Billion U.S. dollars. For more information, visit

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties as identified in the Company’s periodic filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to those appearing under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s Annual Report Form 10K dated March 31, 2003. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially. The Company expressly disclaims the obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

NOTE: ActivCard is a registered trademark and ActivCard Gold, ActivCard Identity Management System, ActivPack, Corporate Access Card, Return on Identity are trademarks of ActivCard in the United States and/or other countries. Sm@rtCafe(R) Expert is a registered trademark of Giesecke & Devrient . All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.

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