SCM Microsystems, a leading provider of solutions for secure access, secure identity and secure exchange and a business unit of Identive Group, Inc., today announced that several of its smart card readers have been certified for use in the Korean market and now carry the official Korea Certification (KC) mark.

Readers certified for use in Korea include SCM’s SCL3711 and SCL011 contactless readers, SDI011 dual interface reader and SCR3310v2.0 and SCR3500 contact readers. The certification signifies compliance with all standards and requirements of the Korean authorities for radio communications equipment. The KC mark ensures that the readers can now be used by government agencies, enterprises and private users.

“Korea’s rapid adoption of smart card-based technologies for telecommunications, banking and payments, transportation and corporate ID makes it an attractive growth opportunity for SCM, and certification of our readers is an important step to penetrating this key Asian market,” said Dr. Manfred Mueller, chief executive officer of SCM Microsystems. “This initial certification brings value to our customers in Korea as it allows them to leverage proven SCM technologies to quickly build and certify their own market solutions. As part of our global certification program we will continue to pursue certifications for additional product families in the coming months.”

The KC labeling is comparable to the CE and FCC marking and declaration of conformity standards in many countries. These designations certify that each product meets the applicable regulations for quality and safety in each country and has been tested according to prescribed conformity assessment procedures. The KC mark was launched by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) and is valid for all radio communications equipment. For the testing procedure SCM utilized a testing laboratory accredited by the Korean Radio Research Agency (RRA).

On the same day that SCM Microsystems announced their news of Korean recognition for their readers, across the world Identive Group was also being recognized. For being one of fastest growing technology companies in North America.

Identive Group announced that it has ranked No. 468 on the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™, which ranks the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. This recognition is based on the percentage of revenue growth from 2006 to 2010, during which Identive grew by 152 percent.

Identive’s chief executive officer and chairman Ayman S. Ashour credits the company’s growth to its comprehensive offerings along the Secure ID technology value chain and the central role of identity management in emerging applications — from contactless ticketing to enterprise security to mobile payments.

“Identive’s inclusion in the Technology Fast 500 highlights the growing need for solutions that enable secure management of our identity credentials, whether as citizens, employees or consumers,” said Ashour. “Identive addresses the need for Secure ID products and solutions along the value chain, with a strong foundation of IP in RFID and smart card technologies and significant expertise in the development and implementation of ID systems. As the incorporation of identity credentials in NFC mobile phones spurs new applications and usage models, we will continue to focus on providing identity management solutions that protect people, data and assets.” 


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