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Irdeto Access Introduces Epsilon Card with FlexiFlash

Offering allows operators an alternative to physical smart card swaps (October 06, 2004)

Irdeto Access, a world leader in content security, today announced the industry's most advanced conditional access technology, the Epsilon Card with FlexiFlash technology. The Epsilon Card is based on the industry's most recent microchip technology - also used by mobile phone companies and banks - and employs a revolutionary new version of Irdeto Access' time-proven security software, which allows smart card software to be securely updated over the air after cards have already been deployed.

This technology - called Irdeto FlexiFlash - allows for major security and functionality changes to the smart card software without the operational costs usually associated with a physical smart card swap, thus speeding the deployment time of piracy countermeasures or new services. If the security system is ever fully compromised, then major software changes can be made in head-end, set top box and smart card, thus restoring the integrity of the system and continuing to ensure the operator's revenue stream.

"By offering our customers a new smart card technology on a regular basis they can benefit from the latest technologies as soon as these become available," said Graham Kill, CEO of Irdeto Access. "The Epsilon Card with the Irdeto FlexiFlash technology is a clear example. It offers a software based solution in a hardware (smart card) based environment, a combination of the best of both worlds."

The product builds on the success of the company's Version 2 and Delta smart cards, which have been securing the revenue of more than 120 operators worldwide for four years. The Epsilon Card is a key part of Irdeto Access' security strategy of delivering a new smart card every 12 to 18 months, thus limiting the potential impact of piracy by mixing card types within the network As with each newly introduced Irdeto Access smart card, the Epsilon Card is backwards compatible preventing the need for changing existing set top boxes in the field. The Epsilon Card will be available in October 2004. The Epsilon Card is part of the content security solution based on the Irdeto PIsys product range.

About Irdeto Access
Irdeto Access, headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is a subsidiary of a multinational media group Naspers (NASDAQ: NPSN and JSE: NPN). Irdeto Access specializes in designing, developing and marketing end-to-end solutions to manage and protect content from unauthorized access in the television broadcast, mobile and broadband environments. With nearly 40 years of providing encryption technology and proven success in deploying security solutions across the globe, Irdeto Access continues to offer innovative product offerings to its customers.

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