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American Banknote Joins Smart Card Group

FORT LEE, N.J. -- American Banknote is the latest organization to join the expanding membership ranks of leading smart card specification body, GlobalPlatform, and the association’s fifth new member since January 2007.

A global supplier of secure documents, services and systems, American Banknote joins GlobalPlatform to support the development and promotion of the organization’s open smart card infrastructure, which it will utilize to enhance the deployment of smart card technology throughout the ABnote Group operating companies (Leigh Mardon, ABnote Brazil, Transtex, CPS Technologies, Arthur Blank, American Bank Note Company and Presscard).

As a Participating Member of GlobalPlatform, American Banknote representatives will take an active role in the organization’s Systems Committee, helping to evolve the Committee’s technical roadmap and drive the continued, world-wide adoption of GlobalPlatform systems technology. The Systems Committee designs infrastructures for single and multi-application smart card programs and develops associated requirements, specifications and guidelines.

John Ekers, Vice President of Technology at American Banknote, comments: “American Banknote has identified a requirement for a common platform to deploy smart card technology across the ABnote Group and it is felt that the solid foundation offered by GlobalPlatform can help us in our goal to become both the world’s largest card manufacturer and the world’s most capable manufacturer, from a technology perspective.

American Banknote Corp.