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APPLUS+ Joins GlobalPlatform’s Expanding Membership

12 March 2009 – Applus+, a leading global testing, inspection, and certification company, has joined GlobalPlatform to gain an advanced insight into the latest technological developments and compliance requirements published by the international specification body for smart card infrastructure.

Applus+ joins GlobalPlatform as an Observer Member. This will enable Applus+ to participate in the association’s Advisory Council meetings, providing the company with an opportunity to track the work of the GlobalPlatform Technical Committees. In addition, Applus+ will be able to influence the direction of GlobalPlatform’s Task Force initiatives and exchange ideas on best practice, issues and trends with other leading players in the smart card community, including the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors.

Mr. Xavier Vilarrubla, Applus+’s IT and Telecom B.U Operations Director, comments: “Applus+ has been working in the field of smart card testing for over 25 years now and our team deals regularly with GlobalPlatform technology. It therefore seemed a logical step for us to become a member of the organization so that we could stay abreast of GlobalPlatform Specification advancements, share our security evaluation knowledge and experiences, and actively participate in its business discussions and initiatives.”

Kevin Gillick, Executive Director of GlobalPlatform, adds: “Applus+’s expertise in ensuring conformance to standards through testing and certification aligns with our own efforts to simplify and accelerate the adoption of interoperable smart card applications. Along with other recent joiners Ericsson AB and Paypal, Applus+ is a welcome addition to our growing membership and we look forward to their input.”

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 About Applus+

Applus+ is a leading company in testing, inspection, certification and technological services. It is also one the 10 largest companies in the compliance assessment field worldwide and the largest Spanish multinational in the sector. It is a world leader in the areas of vehicle inspection and non-destructive tests and is among the largest three European companies in the inspection, technical support and laboratory sectors.

The company employs over 10,000 people and had a turnover of €837M in 2008.

Applus+, acquired by The Carlyle Group, the global private equity firm, in 2007, has presence in all five continents and provides services to more than 25 industrial sectors.

The Applus+ IT&Telecom BU offers full chain of services for smartcards and acceptance device certification (interoperability, functionality and security). In addition, Applus+ is currently performing a Common Criteria certification for a GlobalPlatform Product.

About GlobalPlatform

*2009 is the 10 th anniversary of GlobalPlatform - to learn more about its achievements click here*

GlobalPlatform is the world leader in smart card infrastructure development. Its proven technical specifications for cards, devices and systems are regarded as the industry standard for achieving interoperable, sustainable and flexible smart card deployments that support multi-application, multi-actor and multi-business model implementations.

GlobalPlatform is a member driven association with cross-industry representation from all world continents. As of October 2008, an estimated 305.7 million GlobalPlatform-based smart cards had been deployed globally and an additional two billion mid range USIM/SIM cards worldwide are estimated to use GlobalPlatform card technology to enable over-the-air (OTA) application downloads for 3G and GSM mobile networks. www.globalplatform.org

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