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Wednesday 25 April 2001

Infosecurity at Olympia London 24/26 April 2001 - An Overview

Not really a Smart Card show this year but next year this popular conference and exhibition will run alongside SmartSolvExpo.

Reed Exhibitions announced yesterday that as a response to demand from the card industry, they will be running a Smart Card exhibition and conference, "SmartSolvExpo", alongside Infosecurity during April 2002 at Olympia, London.

Utimaco Safeware UK Ltd., a supplier of enterprise wide security solutions, were showing Smart Card enabled products to secure notebooks, networks and e-mail transactions. Utimaco were also demonstrating their biometric Smart Card key, enabling users to unlock their Smart Cards by using their fingerprint instead of a PIN.

Sony CPCE were demonstrating their USB based fingerprint verification devices with combined PKI key generation and digital signature. The FIU-710 which combines biometrics, Smart Card and hardware tokens.

Rainbow Technologies announced a partnership with the Kyberpass Corp. The agreement applies to the European e-security marketplace with Kyberpass supplying e-security software products and Rainbow supplying Smart Card and hardware cryptographic modules.

Imagine a system on a chip. Infineon Technologies have just proposed such a system. "System on Card" offers a security controller, on-card display and biometric sensor FingerTIP. The identification and authentication features on the card eliminate the need for PINs.

BT Ignite discussed their in house 600 employee pilot that allows access to their intranet from any open network via a Smart Card. This project is due to roll out to their 60,000 employees later this year. BT will also announce, at CTST (CardTecSecureTec) in Las Vegas in May, Global Platform's Smart Card project to allow members to vote and access secure parts of their website using a Smart Card management system provided by Datacard.

Also exhibiting was Cherry Electrical Products Ltd with their biometric and Smart Card security keyboards. Cable & Wireless announced that it has completed a successful trial of its new PKI solution. This is one of the first global managed PKI solutions for Internet Protocol-Virtual Private Networks (IP-VPNs) and is designed to give a mobile workforce fully secure access to its corporate network, via the Internet, from anywhere in the world.

Infosecurity continues until Thursday 26 April.


Motorola Closing Scottish Plant

Motorola has confirmed it is to close its mobile phone factory at Bathgate in West Lothian, Scotland, with the loss of more than 3,000 jobs. The company blames a sharp fall in global demand for its mobile phones.

Prime Minister Tony Blair, who had intervened in an attempt to save the plant from closure, described the news as a "bitter blow", while Union leaders reacted with fury and demanded that Motorola hand back 20m in government grants.

The company said it had taken the decision after announcing trading losses of $200m for the first quarter of 2001, although it pledged to offer "support services" to employees in the coming weeks.

In a statement Motorola said: "This proposal potentially affects all of the 3,100 employees at the site, although no final decision has yet been made. No other Motorola facilities in Scotland or the rest of the UK are affected by this proposal."

The US electronics giant last month announced cutbacks of up to 7,000 jobs worldwide in the personal communications sector. "Today's proposal forms part of that action," the company said.


VeriStar and Hypercom to Offer Biometrics

VeriStar, a provider of multi-channel payment authentication services, has announced that it will work with Hypercom Corporation to enable consumer payment authentication services and pay-by-touch at the point-of-sale.

Already handling traditional plastic cards, chip-based or Smart Cards, and paper checks, Hypercom now looks to add biometrics as another voluntary method of consumer payment at the merchant countertop. Under the terms of the agreement, VeriStar and Hypercom will evaluate the benefits of developing an integrated "biometric acceptance infrastructure," which will include multi-lane, government/EBT, wireless and stand-alone merchants in domestic and international markets.

Contact: Frank Pierce, VeriStar Corporation
Tel: +1 510 268 9800, ext. 103


Rainbow and Kyberpass Team on European e-Security Market

Rainbow Technologies and Kyberpass Corporation are teaming to increase their presence in the European e-security marketplace. Kyberpass will supply e-security software products and Rainbow will provide Smart Card and hardware cryptographic modules.

Graham Peat, European marketing manager for Rainbow Technologies, said: "We are very pleased to be working with Kyberpass to accelerate the adoption of our iKey2000 products for PKI solutions throughout Europe."

Contact: Robert Lendvai, Kyberpass Corporation
Tel: +1 613 727 6556, ext. 303
Contact: Robert Kennett, Rainbow Technologies
Tel: +44 (0)20 7564 4058


Atmel AT90SC320856 in Production

Atmel Corporation has announced the production release of the AT90SC320856, the latest in its AT90SC family of AVR-based secure Flash microcontrollers for Smart Cards. It offers a range of features suited for GSM SIM cards and 3G USIM cards, and also works for other applications such as Pay-TV and government applications. The new secure microcontroller is the only product of its type to offer a combination of on board ROM, Flash and EEPROM Memory.

The AT90SC320856 has 32K bytes of ROM, 8K bytes of Flash and 56K bytes of EEPROM

Contact: Benoit Makowka, Atmel Corporation
Tel:+ 33 (0)4 42 53 60 00
Debbie Ogilvie
Tel:+ +44 (0)1355 803000

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