Gemalto deploys first contactless cards in Latvia for SEB

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Enabling contactless in Latvia

Gemalto is providing SEB Latvia with Optelio payment cards to deliver the speed and convenience of contactless transport to schoolchildren and seniors in the city of Jelgava, Latvia. The SEB Group is a leading North European financial services group for 400,000 corporate customers and institutions and 5 million private customers.

The card, issued by SEB Latvia on behalf of the Jelgava county government, enables speedier boarding and cash-free travel on local buses. Ultimately, the multi-application card will include contactless payment and will be extended to all of Jelgava’s residents. This is the first contactless payment cards ever deployed in Latvia and the Baltic States. 

Gemalto’s Optelio is a private label payment solution compliant with the EMV standard, which enables the seamless addition of new applications over time. Students are able to pay at school canteens, vending machines or at any city facilities, using standard, contactless EMV point-of-sales terminals. Parents can credit the SEB prepaid account at bank branches or online, and set limits on daily expenditure. 

Gemalto was the only provider able to offer a proven, EMV-compliant solution that met the stringent requirements of the city and county government,” said Ieva Tetere, Member of the Board for SEB Latvia. “This project also highlights the sheer speed with which Gemalto can deploy EMV-compliant contactless schemes. In the future, the extension of this program to the Jelgava’s residents will allow the possibility to offer new applications to citizens such as access to public facilities.” 

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