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24 Aug 2009

Bluehill ID expands its Multicard brand into Australia. Fastcards Pty Ltd announces name change to Multicard

St. Gallen / Brisbane - Bluehill ID today announces the global expansion of its signature Multicard brand into the Asia-Pacific region. After Bluehill ID's recent announcement of the acquisition of Fastcards Pty Ltd, the Australian entity today announced that it will adopt the trading name of Multicard, aligning with sister companies Multicard in Switzerland and Germany.

Multicard Australia (www.multicard.com.au) is an identity and accreditation company deploying hardware and software solutions. It is an official issuing body of the Maritime Security ID Card of Australia and a provider of ID and RFID solutions to event organizers, government, mining and the industrial sector throughout Australia. Multicard Australia offers a unique patented web based credential management solution deployed in conjunction with RFID tagged credentials at events such as the World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney.

"We are extremely pleased that Fastcards is joining the Multicard family as we see strong demand for their capabilities on an international scale. The combined Multicard will offer even more services and expertise in ID management, especially in software and contactless card applications while also achieving greater operational synergies," stated John Rogers, Executive Vice President of Transition Management and Acquisition Integration at Bluehill ID.

Scott Austin, Founder and President of Multicard Australia commented, "Multicard has developed an excellent track record over the last 20 years. Being part of the Group will strengthen our ability to deliver our customers world class solutions and be very responsive to market needs in the Asia-Pacific region."

About Multicard
Multicard (www.multicard.com) is a worldwide supplier of card solutions for secure identification programs with in-house capabilities for credential issuance, personalization and fulfillment services for the consumer, government and corporate customers. Multicard offers ID systems management and engineering services as well as full implementation and program management. Multicard is also a provider of enrollment and accreditation solutions using data capture equipment for ePassport and other government ID and corporate ID applications.

About Bluehill ID AG
Bluehill ID AG (www.bluehill-id.com) is an international operating company with headquarters in Switzerland and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN CH0031958629; Symbol BUQ). Bluehill ID is dedicated to the responsible use and development of RFID and other automatic identification technologies. These technologies are used in the fields of security, identification, tracking and further growing applications. The business model of the company is based on combining disciplined acquisitive growth with sustainable organic growth from its Group of companies.


Scott Austin
Multicard Australia (formerly Fastcards)
Tel: +61 73 01 36 294
Email: scott@fastcards.com.au

Fabien B Nestmann
Tel: +41 44 78 38 043
Email: fbn@bluehill-id.com