OMNIKEY Smart Card Readers Now Microsoft® Vista Ready

Walluf, Germany - December 27, 2006 - OMNIKEY, one of the world's leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, has readied its complete line of PC-connected contact smart card readers for the new Microsoft® operating system, Vista.

Soon to be introduced to corporate users, the successor of Windows XP is being promoted as "the most secure Windows operating system of all time". OMNIKEY has made sure that corporate end-users who switch to Vista can continue to rely on the company's advanced smart card reader technology.

All of OMNIKEY's PC-connected contact smart card reader models, including the CardMan® 3021, 3121, 3621, 3821, 4040, 4321, and 6121 can be utilized for secure log-on to company networks or online applications with all Microsoft Vista product packages. These include both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the new operating system.

The plug & play functionality of the CardMan® 3121 family continues to be supported as well: the drivers, which are WHQL certified and digitally signed, are automatically downloaded from the Microsoft website when the reader is connected to the PC. They can also be easily found in the download section on the OMNIKEY website:

For all applications running on Microsoft® Vista, from corporate ID to e-health and e-banking, OMNIKEY smart card readers are, once again, the first choice.

OMNIKEY, one of the world´s leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, offers the most diversified product portfolio available on the market today. OMNIKEY's smart card readers for PCs can be utilized by any application including logical access control, digital signature, WLAN authentication, secure banking and online transactions, loyalty programs, and healthcare solutions.

OMNIKEY, headquartered in Walluf, near Wiesbaden (Germany), is part of ASSA ABLOY Identification Technologies (ITG). OMNIKEY´s regional offices for North and South America reside in Irvine, California with technical support in Atlanta, Georgia. The Asia Pacific operation is located in Hong Kong. Design, production management, and quality control of OMNIKEY's products are carried out in the company's two R&D centers in Linz, Austria and Erfurt, Germany. OMNIKEY readers are distributed worldwide through a global network of partners, including value added resellers, system integrators, and OEMs. For further information please go to

About ASSA ABLOY Identification Technologies (ITG)
Assa Abloy Identification Technologies (ITG) is a leader within the ID management and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) markets. The company develops, manufactures and markets RFID components, products, and services typically deployed within national ID and e-passport programs, corporate access control, supply chain management, animal tagging, financial transactions, transport and various industrial or manufacturing solutions. Assa Abloy ITG is a merger of ACG Identification Technologies, Novacard do Brasil, OMNIKEY, Sokymat and VisionCard.

Assa Abloy ITG has over 800 employees and 25 sales offices in all continents. The group's headquarters are located in Walluf, Germany. ITG is part of the Global Technologies Division of the ASSA ABLOY Group.

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For further information, please contact:
Antje K. Schäfer
Am Klingenweg 6 a
65396 Walluf - Germany
Tel: +49 6123/7913-15
Fax: +49 6123/7913-28

Pier Costa
Via Lepetit 4
20124 Milano - Italy
Tel: +39 / 02 / 8903 4100
Fax: +39 / 02 / 67388322

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