12 June 2014, Montbonnot France -- KEOLABS, worldwide supplier of test tools and services for smart cards and other secure components, today announced the opening of its new facilities in the Inovallée – a technology and research center in the Grenoble metropolitain area. The extension of the facilities and headquarters that have been located on the current site in Montbonnot since 2003, will support the companies’ growth with increases in its R&D and production capabilities.
Since its creation in 2012 with the merger of Raisonance (supplier of tools for the microelectronics industry) and Soliatis (supplier of smart card testing solutions and services), KEOLABS has experienced sustained annual sales growth of more than 15%. With the introduction of solutions for testing NFC (Near Field Communication) and EMV (EuroPay-Mastercard-Visa) standards compliance, the expansion of KEOLABS’ R&D and production capabilities are key to meeting growing demand from clients and partners in the mobile communication and payment sectors.
"With the merger, KEOLABS became the only supplier in our sector with an end-to-end offer that included smart card testing platforms, validation software and conformance certification services from a single source. The Montbonnot facilities are where we conceive, develop and produce the testing platforms that are the foundations of this offer. Evolving and ensuring the reliability of our testing platforms is essential to the value that we offer our clients and partners," explained Michael Leplatois, President of KEOLABS.
The extension of the Montbonnot site doubles the size of KEOLABS development laboratories and production line from 350 m2 to 700 m2. Currently, KEOLABS has 40 employees worldwide. The majority are located on the companies’ French sites in Montbonnot and Salon-de-Provence. In 2013, KEOLABS opened its office in Seoul, Korea. The site is dedicated to providing technical support to KEOLABS’ customers, partners and distributors in the Asia Pacific region.
KEOLABS is a leading provider of tools and services for testing microcontroller and secure component implementation. The company has two activities: Smart Card Validation and Microcontroller Tools.
KEOLABS Smart Card Validation activity provides an end-to-end product and service offer for validating and certifying smart cards and related technologies in accordance with industry standards. KEOLABS participates in all major certification processes for the secure transaction and identity sectors. The company offers a comprehensive range of solutions for validation of all layers of contact and contactless secure components from the electrical to the digital and application layers.
KEOLABS service branch includes the ISO17025 accredited Certification Center offering test services to all stakeholders in the secure component sector for smart cards, handsets, ePassports, electronic driver's licenses and card readers.
KEOLABS Microcontroller Tools activity provides a complete range of tools for creating, editing, debugging and programming deeply embedded microcontroller applications. Known under the Raisonance brand since 1988, this business unit serves customers that include leading component manufacturers and professional engineers worldwide. With expertise in both hardware and software design, the company offers innovative, high quality, cost effective tools that include compiler tool sets, integrated development environment, hardware starter kits and promotional products for 8 and 32-bit microcontroller technologies. Supported core technologies include industry standard ARM, 8051 and PowerPC, as well as several proprietary architectures.
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