Fri Nov 12 11:33:33 1999 GMT
Cardflex Smart Card management system in trial with Australian banks
Cards Etc, the Australian-based software and services company, is to announce the beta release and trial of Cardflex, a management system for multi-application Smart Card programs. The Cardflex beta trial will involve two Australian banks, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation, and will include stored value, loyalty and digital certificate applications.
Michael Walters, CEO and co-founder of Cards Etc says: Cardflex is a comprehensive infrastructure solution supporting the cross industry roll-out of open, multi-application Smart Card systems. A key benefit of Cardflex is its card and device platform independence, thus enabling simultaneous support for MULTOS, Open Platform, Java Card technology and other emerging Smart Card platforms, as well as many other industry-specific standards"
Cardflex supports functionality such as the loading of applications to cards and devices both pre- and post-issuance, comprehensive card, device and product lifecycle management, and powerful cardholder and card acceptor relationship management, as well as message management functions including transaction routing, cryptographic processing and event billing. Additionally, this functionality can be readily supported across the Internet, including application down-loading and customer management.
Cardflex manages the establishment of relationships and communications between all parties and systems involved in the Smart Card environment. In this way, a card issuer can share cardholder data with a product manager, as well as interface to their own legacy systems. These parties may be from different industries such as banking, telecommunications, government, transit or retail sectors.
Contact: Katrin Kroeger, Cards Etc Pty Limited E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ACG, a broker for Smart Cards and chips, is expanding its productportfolio with the marketing of chip card reading devices. To this purpose the company has concluded an internationally valid distribution agreement with SCM Microsystems.
According to Dataquest, the world-wide turnover in Smart Cards will grow at an annual rate of 35% to DM 12 billion by the year 2002. The market for Smart Card reading devices will develop at the same rate.
Gemplus and Virgin are to announce the launching of the new Virgin mobile phone service, at Cartes 99, November 16th. Virgin Mobile's Richard Williams will detail the services and the smart technology behind this new mobile communications offering.
In parallel Gemplus will detail its service led approach. Company director Marc Lassus will explain why the winning players in the Smart Card game must move business focus from the card to the new applications that smart technology makes possible.
Finally Thierry Gallo will map out the development of Gemplus' Professional Services Organisation, detailing how this aspect to the world's leading Smart Card producer has helped make real, new e-commerce service offerings for hundreds of customers worldwide.
Schlumberger will demonstrate secure network applications with its Cryptoflex for Windows 2000 Smart Card at the Microsoft Pavilion at COMDEX/Fall '99 in Las Vegas, November 15-19, 1999.
The Cryptoflex Smart Card has 8K bytes of memory providing room to store digital credentials - private keys and digital certificates in a secure, tamper-proof environment away from potential hackers. Cryptoflex has also a high-speed computing engine that performs a 1024-bit key length RSA signature in under half a second. It offers multiple, definable RSA key lengths -- 512, 768 or 1024 bits and DES secret key functions and SHA-1 hashing functions.
Innovative multi-function Smart Card applications are changing the way individuals and corporations conduct business via diverse corporate networks, Intranets, and the Internet. ActivCard(R) easy-to-use strong authentication and electronic certification solutions are becoming essential components for securing the foundation of those communications and are the key to critical e-business initiatives.
During Cartes 99 trade show at CNIT Paris la Dfense, November 16th and 18th, ActivCard and leading industry partners will demonstrate the following ActivCard-enabled Smart Card e-business applications:
* Digital signing of e-mails with ActivCard Gold(tm) Smart Cards --Initialised with Entrust(R) Technologies certificate and private key (Schlumberger(R) Stand # D53) * Secured login to Windows NT(R) resources via a VOP(R) multi-applications Smart Card from Visa(R) (Visa Stand # H48) * Internet e-banking transactions secured with a MULTOS-based multi-application Smart Card from Mondex(R) International (Mondex Stand # G81) * Access to Intranet resources secured with a recently announced Smart Card-based Novell solution (ActivCard Stand #G79) * And for the first time: An e-commerce application using a Carte Bleue market-standard banking card secured with the ActivReader(tm), a portable and trusted Smart Card reader specially designed for the Internet commerce consortium Cyber-Comm (ActivCard Stand #G79 and Europay Stand # E20)
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