The Ezio Plug&Sign, the pioneering corporate banking device that tackles automated clearing house (ACH) and wire transfer fraud, designed by, Poland based, Mindsailors design studio and developed by Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, received the prestigious iF Product Design Award 2012. It is the third prize of this type, granted to Mindsailors design studio in recent years.  First two being Sly’d (2008) and Z-drive (2009).

We are enormously happy to have received such exceptional distinction. Not only does it confirm our commitment when working on new projects but also proves high standards which we follow when cooperating with our clients – said Michal Bonikowski and Rafal Pilat, cofounders and owners of the studio.

At the same time we would like to emphasize how important to us was working with a client as prestigious as Gemalto, who entrusted us with designing their latest product – they both added.

The Ezio Plug&Sign device is a unique and revolutionary solution, developed by Gemalto, dedicated to easy and secure online banking. It combines a form factor of a USB flash memory device with a Public Key Infrastructure smart card. The user simply plugs the USB device into any computer, launching by doing so a safe online portal that permits to review, approve and sign all types and volumes of banking transactions without risk.

With Ezio Plug & Sign corporate users and consumers can safely log into any online banking session and be assured of the session integrity even if the platform they connect from has been compromised.

As a stand-alone device, Plug&Sign was designed by Mindsailors with security, aesthetics and general user-friendliness in mind. Featuring a strong metallic frame made of aluminum alloy, the device is not only durable but also modern-looking.

The simple and clean housing hides an intriguing mechanism which lets the device to be opened with just two fingers using the push-to-slide button. Additionally, the button performs an extra function serving as the action key, operable only while the connector is an extracted position. Once the device is plugged in – the call-to-action will be signaled to the user with bright LED light.

The iF Product Design Award is a wide-ranging competition for all aspects of product design. Participants compete in a total of 16 different categories. The design award offers a platform for innovations and the opportunity to establish themselves. The iF product design award has been a trademark used to indicate outstanding design since 1953. A total of 2923 products entered to compete for the prestigious design award in 2012.

Mindsailors is a renowned and awarded, Poland based, an industrial design studio specializing in providing design, construction, engineering, and manufacturing services in various fields ranging from household equipment and consumer electronics to furniture and automotive industries.

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2010 annual revenues of €1.9 billion and over 10,000 employees operating out of 87 offices and 13 Research & Development centers in 45 countries.