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SCM Microsystems Ships Smart Card Readers to Support Spanish Government eID Program
Oct 01, 2009 (02:10 AM EDT)

SANTA ANA, Calif. and ISMANING, Germany, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SCM Microsystems, Inc. , a leading provider of solutions for secure access, secure identity and secure exchange, announced today that it has shipped more than 200,000 smart card readers to support a Spanish eGovernment and eID project.

SCM's smart card readers will be used to enable various eGovernment applications under an electronic ID Card () project in Spain. Individuals and businesses will be able to use the reader to access eGovernment, eBanking and eAdministration applications, as well as to digitally sign documents.

SCM Microsystems received the order from - an entity within the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade responsible for driving the Information Society in Spain and for carrying out strategic projects - via its partner Algoritmos Procesos y Disenos, S.A. (APD). The Spanish government is providing the readers to its citizens at no charge, to drive the distribution and use of the electronic ID card and the respective technologies in Spain. Several Spanish business sponsors are supporting the government project.

"We are pleased that our readers are being used to provide support for the Spanish government. One important criteria for the selection besides our well-known product quality is our ability to provide the customized readers in a very tight time frame. Our long experience with large scale government projects together with our flexibility to meet customer requirements makes us a preferred partner for such projects," said Felix Marx, chief executive officer of SCM Microsystems. "The project offers substantial advantages to citizens as well as companies: online forms for government services can be filed and processed faster, and eBanking applications can be conveniently executed."

Since 2006, 14 million electronic ID Cards have been issued to Spanish citizens. However, users have been slow to utilize the various functions that the cards enable. The goal of the Spanish government's is to overcome this hesitancy and help both citizens and the government experience the full benefits of the national ID scheme. Distribution of the new readers will begin October 1, 2009.

SCM Microsystems is a global leader in security and identity solutions for secure access, secure identity and secure exchange. Together with its Hirsch Electronics subsidiary, SCM provides complete, integrated solutions that secure digital assets, electronic transactions and facilities. The company offers the world's broadest range of contact, contactless and mobile smart card reader technology; physical and logical access control systems; digital identity transaction platforms; biometrics; and digital video. SCM's solutions enable a wide variety of applications including enterprise security, identity management, contactless payment, e-health and electronic government services. For additional information, visit and

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