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Athena Smartcard Completes the Supply of 15 Million eHealth Smart Card Modules in Italy and is Expected to Supply 7 Million Additional Units in 2013

November 1, 2012

TOKYO, November 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Athena is the largest supplier of CRS health insurance and digital signature smart
card modules for the Italian Regional Health Card system

Athena Smartcard, the fastest growing independent smart card operating systems
supplier for ID and Digital Security, payment and mobile security, announced that it
reached a milestone, as it completed delivery in 2012 of 15 million smart card modules for
the Italian CRS (Carta Regionale dei Servizi) eHealth and Digital Signature/Authentication
and eGovernment card project . It is expected that by the end of 2013 over 20 million
Italian citizens will be using Athena products that are Common Criteria certified as a
Secure Signature Creation Device and loaded with the NetLink Health Insurance application,
including all citizens of the Lombardy and Tuscany regions. Athena is the largest supplier
of such smart card solutions in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. The project is
managed by Actalis S.p.A. (Aruba group), Athena’s exclusive government partner in Italy,
and the leading Italian Certificate Authority and smart card system provider for
government projects. In addition to the supply of qualified digital certificates, Actalis
is responsible for the entire card production, personalization and fulfillment of the CRS

The CRS eHealth card contains digital certificates that together with secure functions
in the smart card operating system ensure the provision of health services to legitimate
card holders, helps in the reduction of fraud and enables the automation of local
government IT functions. The card is also designed to contain emergency data allowing
European Union cross-border use.

“Actalis has been partnering with Athena, for the last few years, in supplying the CRS
health card in Italy and as we continue to invest heavily in the infrastructure required
to support such a large scale project, we see the cooperation with Athena as a critical
success factor” said Giorgio Girelli, General Manager of Actalis based in Milan. “With a
strong base in digital identify, through our leading Certificate Authority and our strong
IT capabilities, it is the aim of Actalis to continue to be the major smart card provider
for the Italian government sector in the years to come.”

“Italy has one of the largest deployments of advanced smart card based eHealth and
eGovernment smart cards and Athena is proud to be the major provider for this project”
added Jochi Fuchs, Vice-President, Athena. “With the new order expected and continued
partnership with Actalis we are crossing a major milestone of supplying 20 million eHealth
and eGovernment smart card modules in a single comprehensive national project and we
expect to continue to support Actalis and the regional Italian Health System as it
continues to lead in innovative use of smart cards.”

The successfully delivery of the CRS card and IDProtect middleware further enhances
Athena’s position in the Government eID and eHealth space, with on-going worldwide
government projects including in Argentina, Costa Rica, Taiwan, Italy, Nigeria, Poland and
the Middle East.

About the CRS/CNS project in Italy

The Health Card project in Italy is managed locally by regional governments and
provides a microprocessor based dual interface, contact or contactless smart card to all
citizens. Card holders now have the ability to have secure on-line access, from home, to
their electronic health records in addition to identifying themselves to medical
institutions such as hospitals and related associations. The project, one of the largest
in Europe and world-wide, is meant to replace the traditional paper or plastic based
health cards with modern, smart card based technology, opening the door for additional
government services.

About Athena

Athena’s mission is to support our partners – card manufacturers, national printers
and system integrators with state-of-the art smart card solutions. While some card
manufacturers develop in-house chip solutions, mainly for payment applications, when it
comes to National ID, Digital Signature, eGov, ePassports, Transportation, NFC and
advanced contact or contactless payment solutions development, certification and support
is becoming ever more complex, requiring a large dedicated staff with excellent knowledge
of cryptography, embedded software, regulations, certification, and standardization.
Athena technology and expertise removes these barriers from your business.

About Actalis

Actalis is part of the Aruba Group since 2009. Based in Milan, Italy, Actalis designs,
develops, delivers and manages services and solutions for on-line security, digital
signatures and document certification; develops and offers PKI-enabling components,
supplies complete digital signature and strong authentication kits (including hardware and
software), delivers ICT security consultancy and training.

Actalis is a leading Italian provider of certification services accredited by DigitPA,
as well as a provider of certified electronic mail (PEC). Actalis also provides digital
time-stamping services, bulk unattended digital signature and document dematerialization

More information about Athena is available from http://www.athena-scs.com

ASEPCOS, IDProtect and IDProtect Client are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Athena Smartcard Solutions or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names
may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact: Jochi Fuchs, +1-408-786-1028

SOURCE Athena Smartcard Solutions

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