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Zwipe and GEPCOM to bring next generation payment cards to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

OSLO, NORWAY and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 29 November 2021 – GEPCOM, one of oldest and most respected card production and printing facilities in the Arab world, has selected the Zwipe Pay ONE platform to deliver biometric payment cards to its clients in Saudi Arabia and key international markets. Zwipe is a FinTech that has pioneered the development of biometric payment cards and delivered many successful pilots globally.

Gulf Printing Products Manufacturers’ Factory (GEPCOM), founded in 1989, was the first to bring plastic card manufacturing technology to the Arab world. This announcement demonstrates that they are continuing the path of innovation today. Leveraging their investment in the latest manufacturing equipment, and with full VISA and Mastercard certification, they are able to create a range of high-quality products to serve the financial services industry.

GEPCOM engaged with Zwipe earlier in 2021 and, after extensive evaluation of available alternatives, selected Zwipe Pay ONE as the preferred biometric card platform for its next generation payment cards. They were especially interested in Zwipe’s end to end products and services including Zwipe’s range of enrolment options providing GEPCOM with an opportunity to create even further value for their clients.

According to Abdullah Ahmed Abed, Deputy General Manager & Regional Director, GEPCOM, “GEPCOM has been manufacturing card products for all sectors in the Middle-East and is recognized in the market for its unmatched service, transparency and quality. With the impact of the pandemic still being felt across Saudi and the world, consumers’ focus on safety and hygiene has increased significantly.”

As part of this agreement, Zwipe will provide biometric technology and technical services to enable GEPCOM to manufacture Zwipe Pay ONE test cards from Q1 2022. The partners are already jointly engaging with issuers in Saudi with the aim of launching pilots from Q2 2022 to be followed by full commercial roll outs.

In collaboration with Zwipe, we will deliver payment cards that will enable payments to be completely touch-less through a PIN-free checkout experience for consumers with much higher security. Our assessment shows that Zwipe Pay ONE represents the most advanced and high-performing solution and will be the first mass-market viable platform”, said Yousef Ahmed Abed, General Manager, GEPCOM.

Commenting on this partnership, Ramzi Saboury, General Manager MENA region at Zwipe, said: “We are very pleased to announce our partnership with GEPCOM in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the most important markets in the MENA region. We are seeing a strong appetite globally as well as in the Middle East for this new technology from issuers, processors and cardholders. I am confident that this partnership will accelerate deployment of biometric cards in Saudi. Zwipe will be supporting GEPCOM’s clients during their launch processes to ensure the best customer experience and successful commercialization”.

For further information please contact: André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135, info@zwipe.com 

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About GEPCOM

Gulf Printing Products Manufacturers’ Factory (GEPCOM) was founded by Mr. Ahmad Taleb Abed. For over 26 years, GEPCOM has been manufacturing printing products for all sectors in the Middle-East and the Arab world, leading by example since its establishment in 1989.GEPCOM was the first to bring plastic card manufacturing technology to the Arab world and continues on a path of innovation today, with only the most advanced machines and equipment for the fabrication of excellent products including cards, envelopes, security forms, adhesive label rolls, thermal rolls and more. We provide customers worldwide with unmatched service and transparency and believe in uncompromised quality when it comes to all our products. GEPCOM is proudly certified by VISA and MasterCard, in addition to its ISO certification for product quality assurance.

GEPCOM’s vision is to become the benchmark of outstanding service across all industries. We take pride in providing exceptional results in everything that we set out to do, and work unswervingly to ensure the success of our business.

For further information please contact info@gepcom.com.sa

Zwipe launches biometric solution for access control and enters collaborations with HID Global, LeGrand and Southco

OSLO, NORWAY; AUSTIN and CONCORDVILLE, USA; LIMOGES, FRANCE – 25 November 2021 - Zwipe, a Norway-based biometric fintech, is proud to announce the launch of a two-factor authentication solution for access control based on its biometric authentication technology platform. The global access control market is valued at USD 7.65 billion and is expected to reach USD 11.7 billion by 2026 (1). 

Entering the access control market, Zwipe announces collaborations with several well-known companies in the security industry; notably HID Global, an ASSA ABLOY Group brand and a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, LeGrand, the global specialist in high-value-added products and solutions for commercial, residential, and industrial buildings, and Southco, the leading global designer and manufacturer of engineered access solutions. The coalition will bring a highly advanced, cost-effective, biometric authentication solution to market. The full capability of Zwipe's biometric card operates with existing access control systems thereby removing the need to make any time-consuming and costly adjustments to existing access control infrastructure. 

The complete solution will be demonstrated for the first time at TRUSTECH in Paris, on Zwipe’s booth, from 30 November 2021. 

Commenting on this breakthrough, André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe, said “Thanks to Zwipe’s advanced biometric authentication technology platform, Zwipe is ready to move into adjacent markets, starting with Access Control. We see a real need for much stronger access control solutions and are confident that our biometric card solution will address many security concerns in this space. We are particularly proud to partner with such distinguished companies and we look forward to adding significant value to this sector with our solution. I am convinced Access Control and ID will be a significant business line for Zwipe going forward, adding to our profitable growth and long-term value creation.”

The customer project has started with Raritan (the data center expert company with worldwide references and a subsidiary of LeGrand), focusing on the joint development of a highly secure solution based on Zwipe’s biometric card technology that delivers a new level of secure access for data center cabinets.

Raritan’s CTO, Swen Anderson, commented “It was crucial that we developed a product that allowed us to deploy the latest in biometric technology without having to make any infrastructure changes. Zwipe has provided us with the opportunity to leverage their leading technology platform to create a new product that delivers a level of security for data center access control that is unique within our industry.”

Thanks to this excellent cooperation based on real use cases, the full integrity of our biometric card solution has been successfully demonstrated for new areas of application. Our biometric authentication technology platform provides world-class security and we are excited that it can be integrated seamlessly with physical and logical access control solutions. We believe innovations like biometric access control and ID management will be highly sought after,” says Christian Vaas, Zwipe’s Vice President ID-Solutions & Access Control.

For further information please contact: André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135 info@zwipe.com

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About Legrand

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. The Group harnesses technological and societal trends with lasting impacts on buildings with the purpose of improving life by transforming the spaces where people live, work and meet with electrical, digital infrastructures and connected solutions that are simple, innovative and sustainable. Drawing on an approach that involves all teams and stakeholders, Legrand is pursuing its strategy of profitable and sustainable growth driven by acquisitions and innovation, with a steady flow of new offerings—including Eliot* connected products with enhanced value in use. Legrand reported sales of €6.1 billion in 2020. The company is listed on Euronext Paris and is notably a component stock of the CAC 40 and CAC 40 ESG indexes. (code ISIN FR0010307819) www.legrandgroup.com

About Southco

Southco, Inc. is the leading global designer and manufacturer of engineered access solutions. For over 70 years, Southco has helped the world’s most recognized brands create value for their customers with unrivalled engineering resources and innovative products. Southco’s data center solutions provide access control and monitoring at the rack level, providing a complete, comprehensive security system to control, monitor and track equipment that stores sensitive data.

To learn more, visit www.southco.com and www.southco.com for our Data Center mini-site.

For further information, please contact: Natalie Brannelly nbrannelly@southco.com

Zwipe launches innovative enrolment solutions and creates breakthrough for Issuers 

OSLO, NORWAY, 25 November 2021 - Zwipe launches a range of enrolment solutions to complement their next-generation biometric payment card platform, Zwipe Pay ONE. Seamless customer onboarding remains one of the most important components in enabling the transition to the safer and more secure payment experience provided by biometric payment cards.

The Zwipe R&D team has created some exclusive inventions to overcome several challenges that many in the industry had considered insurmountable. For the first time, it is now a realistic proposition to have consumers enroll their card at home using just a mobile phone and a set of simple instructions.

Zwipe has created a range of innovative enrolment solutions that meet the evolving demands of the financial services industry and consumers. With a focus on providing simple to use, cost-effective and low environmental impact products, Zwipe will deliver multiple different types of solutions that include not only passive and customizable enrolment devices, such as sleeves, highly integrated card fulfilment packaging, and branch-based enrolment solutions, but also self-service mobile phone APIs that can easily be integrated into issuer apps. Issuers can choose the solutions that best suit their needs and use cases of their products and cardholder segments. For example, while mobile app-based enrolment would be attractive for the majority of consumers, in-branch supervised enrolment may better suit financial inclusion programs.

All these solutions will be made available to Zwipe Pay ONE customers in 2022.

Zwipe has undertaken extensive research on enrolment, and after very clear customer feedback and interest, we decided to invest heavily in this area. Issuers repeatedly told us that enrolment is one of the most important parts of the user experience for biometric payment cards and we are delighted to have made several breakthroughs that we believe will transform the way in which consumers enrol their cards whilst even further strengthening the value proposition for issuers. These developments underscore Zwipe’s ambition to be a leading innovator in the industry, putting user experience in front”, commented André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe.

The enrolment solutions will be demonstrated at TRUSTECH in Paris, on Zwipe’s booth, from 30 November 2021

For further information please contact: André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135, info@zwipe.com 

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Zwipe partners with NetPS to bring Biometric Payment Cards to Africa and Middle East

OSLO, NORWAY and CASABLANCA, MOROCCO – 22 November 2021 – Biometric fintech company, Zwipe and NetPS, part of dzcard Group and one of the main Moroccan Smart Card Personalization Bureaus, are partnering to bring Zwipe Pay ONE enabled biometric payment cards to banks across Africa and the Middle East.

As part of this collaboration, both companies will work closely to promote the innovative Zwipe Pay ONE enabled biometric payment cards for NetPS’ issuers in Africa and the Middle East.

NetPS has a portfolio of more than 30 clients based in 15 countries across Africa. The company, which is based in Morocco, provides its first-class card personalization services to major financial institutions in the region, such as Banque Central Populaire (BCP), Société Générale, Credit Agricole du Maroc, Attijariwafa Bank, Al Barid Bank, CIH, and major Telecom operators including Maroc Telecom (part of Etisalat Group).

As a leading provider of payment cards across Africa, we believe adding Zwipe Pay ONE enabled biometric payment cards to our portfolio creates a compelling and differentiating product to our clients. We are looking forward to working with the Zwipe team on developing some very innovative and exciting card designs, fulfillment solutions and enrolment options. We believe this new product will drive new business and significantly uplift customer loyalty for our clients.”, said Younes Lahlou, CEO of NetPS.

Speaking on the new partnership, André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe said: “We are really pleased with the response across the Middle East and North Africa for Zwipe Pay ONE and are delighted to partner with NetPS in extending our reach to Morocco and beyond. With this partnership with NetPS, our dzcard Group relationship is strengthened further, giving us the opportunity to deliver next generation payment cards to the many banks looking for a more safe and secure payment card in the region. NetPS has a very strong reputation for customer service and excellence in their market and are an ideal partner for Zwipe”.

For further information, please contact Mr. André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135 info@zwipe.com

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About NetPS, part of dzcard Group

Founded in 2000, NetPS, a subsidiary of the dzcard Group, is one of the leading players in the field of smart card personalization in Morocco. The company has been certified by Visa and Mastercard since 2000. The company is a trusted partner among its Moroccan banking and telco clients supporting their African expansion with world class solutions and service.

To learn more, visit the NetPS webpage: www.NetPS.com

Zwipe and areeba to pilot next-generation Biometric Payment Cards in Lebanon and Iraq

OSLO, NORWAY and BEIRUT, LEBANON – 17 November 2021 – Zwipe is partnering with areeba to pilot Biometric payment cards based on Zwipe Pay ONE in Lebanon and Iraq. These pilots reflect a strong and growing demand from issuers and processors across the region for next-generation contactless payment cards.

areeba is a leading financial technology company in the MENA region and is licensed as both issuer and acquirer by the international card schemes. It is one of the main issuing & acquiring processors in the region and leads in the Lebanese market with more than 50% market share. areeba was chosen as one of the top leading payments innovators in 2021 by Global Business Leaders.

areeba and Zwipe have a long-standing collaboration, launching the first biometric payment card pilots in the Middle East in 2018 and winning the 2019 Seamless Award for Best Technological Innovation in Payments.

Speaking on this development, Maher Mikati, Chief Executive Officer at areeba said, “We have always been pioneers in embracing new technologies that enhance user experience and security for end consumers, uplifting loyalty and business cases of payment portfolio. We are proud to partner with Zwipe, a highly respected innovator with whom we have had the pleasure to collaborate since 2018, witnessing the evolution of biometric payment cards. We are looking forward to delivering the pilots in H1 2022 followed by commercial launches.”

In these pilots, the biometric payment cards will be built on the Zwipe Pay ONE platform and delivered by Inkript, one of the leading EMV Card Manufacturers in the Middle East, which already provides cards to areeba and many issuers in the region.

Ramzi Saboury, General Manager of Zwipe in the MENA Region said: “We are proud of our partnership with areeba, a leading innovator in the region, and look forward to supporting them and Inkript in bringing biometric payment cards to two markets, Lebanon and Iraq. Zwipe will also support areeba through all stages of pilots, ensuring that end users’ experiences and feedback are systematically captured and assessed. This is going to be an exciting journey together.”

For further information please contact: André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135 info@zwipe.com

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About areeba

areeba is an electronic payment technology company licensed by Visa and MasterCard and has an agreement with American Express & Discover. Established in 2017, areeba adopts the latest technologies and provides solutions and payment services to banks, governments and merchants to suit their aspirations and needs.

areeba offers services tailored to global requirements, from card issuance and management, non-contact payment solutions, contactless and mobile payment. It also provides merchants and governments with the latest e-commerce platform and point-of-sale machines that adopt the highest standards and safety systems. areeba operates a wide range of loyalty programs, including collecting points and miles, cashback programs, and providing consultancy services for the planning, design and development of electronic products and payment solutions.

For more information, visit www.areeba.com, or @areebalebanon on LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. areeba media contact: Nouchka El Hage, +961-1-954325 - NHage@areeba.com

Notification of primary insider transaction

OSLO, NORWAY – 9 November 2021 – The primary insider Diderik Schonheyder, a board member of Zwipe, has today acquired a total of 13,434 shares at an average price of SEK 29.90. Diderik Schonheyder’s shareholding after the transaction is 25,302 shares.

Attached is a copy of the form submitted to the Norwegian FSA, Finanstilsynet, reporting the transaction as listed above:

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This information is subject to the disclosure requirements in Regulation EU 596/2014 article 19 number 3 and the Norwegian Securities Trading Act § 5-12.