Sagem Secures Mobile Phone Smart Card Payments

PARIS (08/09/2000) - French telephone and payment terminal manufacturer Sagem SA has combined two of its business lines in one, with a mobile phone that also contains a slot for a chip-based payment card.

Other manufacturers such as Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV and Motorola Inc. showed prototypes of similar products at the GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, in February. However, Sagem's phone is the only one approved to EMV Level 1 by payment card operators Europay International SA, Visa International Inc. and MasterCard International Inc., Sagem said in a statement. The EMV Level 1 approval certifies that the card interface complies with the mechanical, electrical and software specifications used by the French banking system.

The Sagem system consists of a standard GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) phone from its 900 range and a special battery containing a slot for the payment card.

Already, over 500,000 of the devices have been ordered by mobile phone operators, Sagem said.

Sagem, in Paris, can be reached at +33-1-40-70-63-63 or found on the web at http://www.sagem.com/.

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