SURESNES, France and ISMANING, Germany, Oct. 17 XIRING (NYSE Alternext: ALXIR), a European leader in security solutions forremote transactions, and SCM Microsystems (Nasdaq: SCMM; Prime Standard: SMY),a leading provider of solutions that open the Digital World, today announcedtheir close collaboration to develop mobile eHealth smart card terminals forthe new generation German healthcare system. Beginning in late 2008, newelectronic health insurance cards will be distributed to 82 million Germancitizens, creating a market for compatible mobile eHealth terminals thatfacilitate at-home patient consultation and treatment by Germany's 310,000healthcare professionals and 130,000 physiotherapists. With this agreement,the two companies aim to achieve a leading share of this new market. SCM willsell the mobile terminals in Germany through its existing distributionchannels and Value Added Partners.
XIRING, the leader of the French healthcare terminal market (SESAM-Vitalescheme), brings strong technical and field experience to the collaboration,highlighted by its robust mobile platform for healthcare professionals that iswidely deployed in France. SCM Microsystems has developed several generationsof proto-type and market-ready desktop eHealth terminals based on its close,multi-year collaboration with gematik, the German healthcare organizationoverseeing the country's eHealth scheme, and the German Federal Office ofInformation Technology, BSI (Bundesamt fur Sicherheit in derInformationstechnologie), in charge of defining security requirements for theprogram. XIRING and SCM are uniquely qualified to address the demandingtechnical specifications and strict security targets for mobile terminals inthe German program.
"XIRING has the broadest range of healthcare solutions in France and theirproducts are well recognised for their quality, performance and ergonomics.XIRING's experience makes them an ideal partner to help SCM bring mobileeHealth terminals to the German market in the tight timeframe the programdemands. Thanks to this strategic collaboration we are in the unique positionto offer a complete terminal portfolio, including mobile as well as desktopmodels, for German health professionals," commented Felix Marx, chiefexecutive officer of SCM Microsystems.
"SCM Microsystems has played a major role in helping to develop cardterminal specifications for Germany's new eHealth scheme. They have thenecessary software expertise, know-how of the German market and a strongunderstanding of the new program's requirements. By joining our efforts, weare sure to provide the perfect mobile solution to German healthcareprofessionals," commented Georges Liberman, chairman and chief executiveofficer at XIRING.
About SCM Microsystems:
SCM Microsystems is a leading provider of solutions that open the DigitalWorld by enabling people to conveniently access digital content and services.The company develops, markets and sells the industry's broadest range of smartcard reader technology for secure PC, network and physical access and digitalmedia readers for transfer of digital content to OEM customers in thegovernment, financial, enterprise, consumer electronics and photographicequipment markets worldwide. Global headquarters are in Ismaning, Germany. Foradditional information, visit the SCM Microsystems web site athttp://www.scmmicro.com.
Created in 1998, XIRING is a security solution provider and developssecurity software embedded in smart card readers for strong authentication anddigital signature. XIRING equips over 6 million users with remote cardauthentication solutions based on the banking card, and is the leader of theprofessional solutions market for the SESAM-Vitale French healthcare scheme.XIRING posted revenues of euro 23.8 million in 2007. XIRING has been listed onAlternext/NYSE-Euronext Paris since Sept. 18th 2006. Code ISIN: FR0004155612,mnemonic ALXIR.More information: http://www.xiring.com http://www.remotecardauthentication.info http://www.homechipandpin.co.uk
SOURCE SCM Microsystems; XIRING