Sparkasse Suedholstein Secures eBanking with Gemalto's Ezio Optical Reader

25 October 2011

• Credit card-sized reader solution replaces paper-based One-Time-Passwords

• Innovative optical screen-reading feature simplifies and shortens data entry by consumers

• Miniaturized format provides utmost portability and convenience


Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces that Sparkasse Suedholstein is deploying Gemalto's Ezio strong authentication optical readers to better protect its online customers. The Gemalto solution eliminates the need for paper-based lists of One-Time-Passwords ("iTAN", Indexed Transaction Authentication Number") and adds the higher level of security of the smart banking card. The bank is part of the Sparkassen Finanzgruppe, the leading banking group in Germany with 45 million retail accounts. The unique credit card-sized optical authentication device is easy to carry around in your wallet and offers a high level of mobility and convenience. With 27 million ebanking users(1), Germany has the largest number of online customer base in Europe.

Ezio TAN combines utmost ease-of-use and speed with the security of EMV debit cards. Customers of Sparkasse Suedholstein simply place the device in front of their PC screen or the display of their tablets or smartphones. Optical sensors capture the transaction data that would otherwise be entered via the reader keypad to perform online transactions. The Gemalto Ezio TAN is a zero footprint solution, i.e. it requires no additional or specific software installation for the end user, making usage and adoption even easier.

"Portability, security and user-friendliness are key to boosting customer acceptance, which was the main consideration in selecting the Ezio TAN", said Stefan Tute, Head of media distribution, eBanking, Sparkasse Suedholstein. "The Gemalto innovation creates a simple and straightforward trusted environment for our online banking."


"Sparkasse Suedholstein has foreseen the needs of their online customers for a convenient authentication solution that fits in their wallet," said Håkan Nordfjell, Senior Vice President eBanking Gemalto. “Ezio TAN is perfectly suited to meet the increasing demand to sign transactions in a simple and secure manner, even more so with the expansion of eCommerce."

(1) Source: BITKOM Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. BITKOM ist he voice of the information technology, telecommunications, and new media industry in Germany.

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