Friday, April 15th, 2016 - Gemalto

AMSTERDAM - Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, has provided a secure element based applet for smart wearables launched by China UnionPay Co. (CUP), one of the world's major payment associations with total transactions reaching USD 1.9 trillion in the first quarter of 2015.

Smart wearable devices are gaining popularity globally, with total shipments expected to surpass 200 million in 2019. CUP had launched smart wearables with embedded secure elements based payment applications last year. The payment applet runs on the secure element, to provide online and offline payment capabilities on wearables. This will eliminate the need for different card vendors to develop their own versions, simplifying deployment of payment applications on a wide range of secure elements and vastly improving time to market, for a new era of innovative wearables.

"Intelligent NFC-based wearable devices are set to disrupt our lives much beyond contactless payments - from user access and authentication to smart homes and cities, the possibilities are simply endless," said Suzanne Tong-Li, President for Greater China and Korea at Gemalto. "With extensive experience in NFC ecosystem and end-to-end security, we support CUP to not only simplify and speed up this launch for maximum outreach, but also provide consulting for next-generation solutions."

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Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2015 annual revenues of EUR 3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto's solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software - enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 14,000+ employees operate out of 118 offices, 45 personalization and data centers, and 27 research and software development centers located in 52 countries.

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