Paris, 19 September 2012 – In 2011 France Télécom-Orange (170,000 employees in more than 35 countries) took the decision to acquire a new professional card incorporating a number of services, all aimed at its employees across the whole of the group, on a single medium. It chose the Imprimerie Nationale to handle the design, development and supply of the multiservice professional cards which will initially be rolled out nationwide in France.
Using a series of technologies integrated by the Imprimerie Nationale, the new generation professional electronic card, which comes in the format of a polycarbonate credit card with transparent edges, offers the very highest levels of security. Laser engraving allows the holder’s personal data and photograph to be personalised straight away. Iridescent and invisible inks, along with a shimmer effect, micro-letters and guilloches all provide the card with additional means of security.
The card has a hybrid module containing two chips (with and without contact) using technology from SPS, one of the world leaders in electronic identity and a company with which the Imprimerie Nationale has forged a strategic partnership, also working alongside the Caisse des Dépôts. This technology will offer the advantage of providing each holder with a single multiservice smart card, valid on all sites according to the rights assigned.
The issuing of the cards by the Imprimerie Nationale to France Télécom - Orange is set to continue at a steady pace over the coming months.
The Chairman of the Imprimerie Nationale, Didier Trutt, is delighted to announce the completion of the new generation electronic card manufactured and personalised on the Imprimerie Nationale’s Douai site, which is classified as an “Opérateur d’Importance Vitale” (Operator of Vital Importance). "After the supplying of the new cards for the Ministries of the Interior and Justice, the Imprimerie Nationale, together with the France Télécom - Orange group, is consolidating its leadership in innovative solutions for the authentication of people and property”.