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Smart Cards Deliver Information Security, Easy Access and HIPAA Compliance for Health Care Organizations According to New Smart Card Alliance White Paper

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Princeton Junction, NJ, September 30, 2003 – Smart cards have a unique capability to make information access easier for users while at the same time enforcing the more robust security and privacy policies required of health care organizations to bring their environments into HIPAA compliance, according to a new Smart Card Alliance white paper released today.

“Health care organizations are actively looking for ways to lower administrative costs, increase security and make their information systems easier to use,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “With that set of goals, smart cards have a lot to offer. We created this white paper as an educational overview for decision makers in health care organizations to show how smart cards can be used to support HIPAA compliance, increase security and simplify system access for care givers and patients alike.” “HIPAA Compliance and Smart Cards: Solutions to Privacy and Security Requirements” also provides an overview on how smart cards work and outlines key implementation success factors. The white paper includes profiles of smart health card implementations including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and the French, German and Taiwanese health cards.

The term HIPAA refers not only to the original law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, but also to a set of standards and regulations passed later to implement the law. HIPAA affects health care organizations in two ways: first, by strongly encouraging the conversion of paper-based health care information systems to electronic systems, and second, by mandating that the design and implementation of the electronic systems guarantee the privacy and security of patient information gathered as part of providing health care.

Smart cards are very natural and easy for health care professionals, administrators and patients to use. At the same time, on-card intelligence, processing and cryptography capabilities make smart cards uniquely capable of enabling compliance with strong privacy guidelines and of enforcing the privacy and security policies set by the health care organization.

“Since smart cards can securely store and protect data, they deliver patient and clinical benefits well beyond the basic needs of HIPAA. Critical information or its online location can be stored on the card, speeding access and retrieval. Repetitive form filling is eliminated with this portable data carrier. Information can be easily changed with up-to-the-minute facts as they develop. Medical, insurance, emergency contacts and other form-ready types of information are all examples that demonstrate how the cards are used for improving both care giving and administration in health care,” concluded Vanderhoof. Executives from the health care industry can join their peers from other sectors at the Smart Card Alliance’s fall conference “Smart Cards in Motion” taking place October 14 to 16 at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The well-attended annual event brings the best and brightest minds in the industry together in one place and offers an exceptional opportunity to learn about the role of smart cards in the growing North American market.More information is at www.smartcardalliance.org.

Individuals from 19 organizations were involved in the development of the white paper. Lead contributors included representatives from Alegra Technologies, Atmel Corporation, Datakey, Gemplus, IBM, Infineon Technologies, Lockheed Martin Management and Data Systems, MartSoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Information Technology, Privamed, Inc., Raak Technologies, Smart Commerce Inc., Security Sciences International, TecSec and Unisys. The report, written for executives and managers, is available to both members and non-members at no charge at www.smartcardalliance.org.

About the Smart Card Alliance
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to accelerate the acceptance of smart card technology. Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. For more information please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org. [end] 

Fargo Launches New Channel Distribution Program

Friday, September 26, 2003
MINNEAPOLIS (September 26, 2003) – Fargo Electronics, Inc (NASDAQ: FRGO) today announced the introduction of a new distribution program for its channel partners.  The new program is designed to help distribution and integration partners increase both revenue and profitability by redefining and establishing new authorized channels to sell Fargo’s card-based identity authentication systems.

The new program categorizes distribution partners into three complementary, yet separate, program tracks.  Fargo Solution Providers will provide retail customers with sales, service and integration expertise on Fargo’s full line of Professional and Persona® Series products and systems.  Fargo Value Added Distributors will provide in-depth integration expertise and support for Fargo Solution Providers and end user customers on Fargo’s full line of products and systems.  Fargo Distributors will provide product distribution services to Fargo Solution Providers and Persona Series resellers.  Each category has the option to work exclusively with Fargo to develop market share and expertise in the markets they serve.  The program continues Fargo’s two-product line strategy with restricted distribution on its Professional Series integrator products and broad distribution of its Persona products.

“This new program reinforces Fargo’s commitment to its distribution partners, worldwide, by developing a world-class distribution strategy that will enable us to grow our mutual business.  The program’s focus is based on our distribution partners’ business model, expertise and commitment to the Fargo brand,” said Gary Holland, Fargo’s president and chief executive officer.

To effectively reach and service today’s card-based identification market, all distribution categories are important and highly valued by Fargo.  Fargo has defined each distribution partner’s position within the program by using a number of different criteria, including sales volume, integration expertise, factory-certified sales and service staff and participation in various planning and reporting programs.  The new program provides discounts and incentives that are proportional to the distribution partner’s value-add when selling and integrating Fargo systems.  The program includes incentives for distribution partners to invest in certification and training on Fargo products and advanced technologies and systems for use in high security card-based installations.

“The new program is intended to take the best distribution system for ID card solutions and make it better,” said Mark Andersen, Fargo’s vice president for sales.  “We believe that it will allow Fargo to attract and retain the industry’s best distributors and integrators.  The program is designed for those channel partners who are capable of dealing with requirements for increased specialization, and can efficiently meet the needs of customers, ranging from those requiring basic ID cards up to those looking for the highest level of security that advanced ID card technologies can provide.”

With this new program, Fargo recognizes the importance of providing its distribution partners with the right tools and programs to win in an increasingly complex identification card security market.  The program resulted from a review by Fargo of its existing and future channel requirements, its partners’ needs and the products that are under development by Fargo.  Fargo believes this new distribution structure will be attractive to both current and new distribution partners, including distributors, value added distributors, specialty distributors, vertical integrators, systems integrators and resellers who provide solutions in Fargo’s markets.

Mac-Gray Corporation Unfolds Next-Generation Laundry System at Four College Campuses

Thursday, September 25, 2003

PrecisionWash(TM) System Makes it More Convenient for Students Who no Longer Have to put Detergent into Washing Machines

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Mac-Gray Corporation 

Schlumberger Smart Cards and Terminals Aims for New Heights as Axalto

Monday, September 22, 2003

Austin, TX, September 22, 2003 – Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals, a division of Schlumberger, today announced that it has changed its name to Axalto to bring more visibility and reinforce the company image as a leading smart card player in a rapidly evolving market. 

ImageWare and Datastrip Form Strategic Partnership to Bundle 2D Superscript Bar Code with Identification Solutions

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Bundle Enhances Security and Expands Card Data Storage at Low Cost

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ – ASIS Conference – ImageWare 

Pima County Jail Upgrades Security With Texas Instruments 13.56 MHz RFID Tags, Cards and Readers

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Innovative Facility Applies New Inmate Identification and Officer Access Control System

NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 15, 2003) – The Pima County Jail in Tucson, Arizona today announced it has adopted 13.56 MHz tags, cards and readers from Texas Instruments Radio Frequency Identification (TI-RFid™) Systems for prisoner identification and officer access as part of a comprehensive security upgrade and the addition of 147,000 square-feet of new building space. Up to 1,600 prisoners will be identified and monitored daily via wristbands embedded with a TI-RFid smart label, and more than 300 prison officers will use TI-RFid-based cards to gain access to restricted areas in the facility. 

Beverly, Addison Gilbert Hospitals Launch Health Card Technologies' Smart Card Program

Thursday, September 18, 2003

BEVERLY, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 17, 2003–Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert hospital patients are receiving medical smart cards as part of a program designed to make hospital registration faster and more efficient. With nearly 500,000 cards to be distributed in the next 12 months, they are the first private hospitals in the United States to issue smart cards to all of their patients.