Datacard Group Announces Relationship with Aconite

    Card issuers will benefit from one-stop shop for EMV migration and smart
card solutions

    MINNETONKA, MINN., June 25 /CNW/ - Datacard Group, the world leader in
secure ID and card personalization solutions, and Aconite Technology, a
leading provider of EMV and smart card software and consulting, today
announced they have joined forces to offer customers complete EMV migration
and smart pre-paid card solutions, including transaction processing,
scripting, key generation, key storage and clearing data validation.

    These solutions bring together both companies best-in-class products:
Datacard(R) Affina(R) Issuance and Affina(R) Enterprise software solutions and
Aconite's EMV Script Processor (ESP), EMV Transaction Enabler (TRxE) and
Pre-Paid Value Manager (PPVM). Together Datacard Group and Aconite will
deliver solutions and expertise in the following three areas: EMV Migration,
Smart Pre-Paid and Enterprise card management.

    "Combining our expertise in these key solutions supports our global
commitment to innovation and our strategy to provide our customers with
turn-key, market leading solutions," said Bob Beer, director of smart card
marketing from Datacard Group.

    "Aconite's expertise in scripting, authorization and pre-paid solutions
will complement and strengthen our market position in both EMV migration and
the development of smart card solutions for our customers," concluded Beer.

    "This relationship reflects the synergy between our respective product
offerings and positions us to respond to the strong demand for integrated and
comprehensive EMV and smart card solutions," said Patrick Regester, EVP of
Sales & Marketing at Aconite. "Together, we provide all the pieces of the
puzzle that card issuers need to facilitate EMV migration and enable them to
enter the pre-paid smart card market quickly and cost effectively."

    At whatever stage a card issuer maybe with their EMV migration, be it
early stage functionality or advanced development of their smart card
offerings, the combined solutions are designed to integrate easily with
existing host systems. With enhanced business solutions such as EMV scripting
offline risk management and support for pre-paid cards, card issuers will be
able to maximize their existing investments, and capitalize on new market
opportunities with minimum disruption and risk to their business.

    The companies will jointly market these EMV migration and smart card
solutions; firstly in the UK and mainland Europe with plans to roll out to
Asia Pacific and the Americas in the second half of 2007.

    About Datacard Group

    Datacard Group offers the world's best-selling secure ID and card
personalization solutions. The company's portfolio includes systems for
high-volume card issuance, card delivery, secure ID issuance and passport
production, plus extensive service and supply offerings. Datacard Group serves
customers in more than 120 countries (

    About Aconite

    Aconite delivers smart card payment solutions and consulting expertise to
card issuers and processors around the world, providing a rapid and
cost-effective route to smart card deployment and the delivery of innovative
card payment solutions to new and existing markets. (


For further information:

For further information: Datacard Group Tracy Hodnett, 952-988-2846 or Aconite Sarah Hill, +44 (0) 20 7812 7150

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