Gemplus Corrects and Replaces Previous Announcement.
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 15, 1998--
Gemplus-R, University of Nebraska, Corn Card International and
Digicard Announce Biodegradable biodegradable /bio·de·grad·a·ble/ (-de-grad´ah-b'l) susceptible of degradation by biological processes, as by bacterial or other enzymatic action.
Major Technological Breakthrough Helps
the Environment Using Corn By-Products
Gemplus(R) and CORN CARD International today announced they have executed a letter of intent to promote and develop markets for a biodegradable card as an alternative to the billions of non-recyclable plastic cards. The material that is being used in the card, MAZIN(R) resin, is made from environmentally friendly Environmentally friendly, also referred to as nature friendly, is a term used to refer to goods and services considered to inflict minimal harm on the environment. materials, including corn by-products. The new cards will be demonstrated at the ICMA ICMA International City/County Management Association
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The University of Nebraska developed the material that is used in the cards, CORN CARD International (CCI CCI Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie (France)
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CCI Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Western Australia) ) holds the trademark for the name (MAZIN) and holds distribution rights for commercial deployment of MAZIN, and Austria-based Digicard is the one of several companies to experiment with printing the cards. Gemplus, the world's leading provider of smart card solutions and a major player in card manufacturing, has signed a letter of intent with CCI in anticipation of obtaining exclusive distribution rights for use of the new material in cards for the North American North American
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MAZIN is completely biodegradable when introduced into a composting environment. The biodegradation process is affected by temperature, humidity, pH, and substratum sub·stra·tum
n. pl. sub·stra·ta or sub·stra·tums
a. An underlying layer.
b. A layer of earth beneath the surface soil; subsoil.
2. A foundation or groundwork.
3. activity. Effective biodegradation rates will vary, but while still offering the same physical characteristics of today's PVC PVC: see polyvinyl chloride.
in full polyvinyl chloride
Synthetic resin, an organic polymer made by treating vinyl chloride monomers with a peroxide. (polyvinyl chloride polyvinyl chloride (PVC), thermoplastic that is a polymer of vinyl chloride. Resins of polyvinyl chloride are hard, but with the addition of plasticizers a flexible, elastic plastic can be made. ) cards. The new cards, when left in a compost pile Noun 1. compost pile - a heap of manure and vegetation and other organic residues that are decaying to become compost
cumulation, heap, pile, agglomerate, cumulus, mound - a collection of objects laid on top of each other for 3 to 5 weeks, will totally disappear after a bacterial process reduces the material to hydrogen, carbon and water.
PVC plastics are used in everything from plumbing pipes and IV bags, to credit cards and diaper liners.
"The protection of the environment will be one of the major issues of the 21st century," said Marc Lassus, chairman of Gemplus Associates International. "Thanks to the development work done by the University of Nebraska, and the promotional work done by CORN CARD International; and Digicard, we are taking an important step toward reducing a contributor to industrial waste."
"Our mission is to enhance agri-business by impacting our environment in a positive way. Coupling University of Nebraska technology with the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of Gemplus and Digicard is an ideal way to accomplish this mission," said William Brown William Brown (or Browne) may refer to (some of whom were also called 'Bill'): Politicians
"It takes more than talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to conserve our environment--and we shouldn't overlook an opportunity to do something about it," said Frank Dorner, president of Digicard G.m.b.H. "Digicard immediately recognized the value of the revolutionary new product that CCI showed to us, and by getting Gemplus on board, together we have the power, knowledge and technology to push the growing card business in an environmentally friendly direction."
Gemplus (www.gemplus.com) is the world's leading provider of plastic and smart card-based solutions. Gemplus sells magnetic stripe cards A magnetic stripe card is a type of card capable of storing data by modifying the magnetism of tiny iron-based magnetic particles on a band of magnetic material on the card. , memory and microprocessor-based smart cards Example of widely used contactless smart cards are Hong Kong's Octopus card, Paris' Calypso/Navigo card and Lisbon' LisboaViva card, which predate the ISO/IEC 14443 standard. The following tables list smart cards used for public transportation and other electronic purse applications. , smart contactless cards, electronic tags and smart objects. The company designs and markets software, development tools and readers. Gemplus also provides consulting, training and personalization services to deliver the industry's most comprehensive and flexible card-based solutions to its developers, distributors, partners and customers.
With sales of over US$590 million in 1997, Gemplus employs more than 4,100 people in 10 manufacturing facilities, five R&D centers and 41 sales and marketing offices located in 27 countries around the world. Founded in 1988, Gemplus has successfully implemented portable and secure smart card-based solutions to simplify applications such as public and wireless communications wireless communications
System using radio-frequency, infrared, microwave, or other types of electromagnetic or acoustic waves in place of wires, cables, or fibre optics to transmit signals or data. , financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, identity, physical access control, Pay-TV, electronic commerce, Internet security ''This article or section is being rewritten at
Internet security is the process of protecting data and privacy of devices connected to internet from information robbery, hacking, malware infection and unwanted software. , logical access control and information technology.
University of Nebraska (Industrial Agricultural Products Center)
With more than 150 contracts from businesses, non-profit organizations, and researchers, the Industrial Agricultural Center provides product development and technology development services on a contract (for fee) basis worldwide. Located on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the Center focuses on products and processes that can be commercialized within 5 to 8 months from concept to implementation. By participating in strategic alliances, the Center directs its activities toward identifying market niches for agricultural commodities, developing strategies for penetration of markets, and then creating economically viable, environmentally friendly products and processes.
About CORN CARD International
CORN CARD International (CCI) holds a license for the use of the research accomplished at the University Bio-Systems Center, and enjoys the opportunity to introduce new and innovative technological products to an awaiting international marketplace. As interest and awareness for environmental issues continue to grow, the coupling of the technological breakthroughs with the interested and eager consumer continues to be enhanced. Located in the heartland of south central Nebraska, USA, CCI is ideally placed to have its finger on pulse of the agricultural community.
Digicard (http://www.digicard.co.at) invented thermo - transfer printing on plastic cards in 1984. With 20 years experience in printing on plastic materials, the company produces personalization systems for card-issuers and specializes in producing and the personalization of plastic-cards and other plastic products. Digicard manufactures Prestige, the industry's most flexible plastic personalization system, which is supported by a wide distributor network throughout the world. Additionally, Digicard develops software, and installs point of sale terminal solutions throughout Austria and surrounding countries. Digicard also offers end-to-end card- solutions including 24-hour hotline support to its customers and distributors. Digicard (founded in 1984) and its subsidiary, Kunz, (founded in 1968) are based in Vienna with local offices in Salzburg, Slovenia, Hungary, and Croatia.
(c)1998 Gemplus. Gemplus is a registered trademark of Gemplus. MAZIN is a registered trademark of CORN CARD International. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.