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Friday 03 August 2001

New Manager for Smart Card News

Smart Card News would like to welcome Sheena Stenning as its new SCN Manager.

Sheena will be replacing Tara Lavelle from today 3rd August and will be your new point of contact. She is looking forward to receiving your e-mails and telephone calls with any questions, comments or queries that you may have.

Sheena can be reached at or Tel: +44 (0)1273 515651.


Lifestream Cholesterol Monitor Enters Drug Chain Market

Lifestream Technologies' home cholesterol monitor is now available over the counter at more than 2,800 Eckerd drug stores in the US.

Eckerd is the first national chain to place orders for the hand-held testing device with embedded Smart Card reader. The monitor has a suggested retail price of $129.95.


Fujitsu to Provide Fingerprint Sensor Technology

Fujitsu Microelectronics has announced plans to begin supplying silicon fingerprint sensors to the market following its licensing of fingerprint sensor technology and fingerprint authentication software from Veridicom and the creation of a development centre at FMI dedicated to fingerprint sensor technology.

Fujitsu and FMI plan to develop, manufacture, and market the sensors and authentication software packages for the multi-function IC card and mobile telephone markets, according to Douglas McArthur, director of FMI's new Biometric Sensor Product Group.

"Sophisticated authentication systems already use fingerprint sensor technology, and the rapid growth of broadband Internet will create demand for fingerprint sensors in Smart Cards and mobile phones," he said.


Support for New WAP 2.0 Protocol

Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola have announced support for WAP 2.0, the latest version of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) standard as developed by the WAP Forum. They also express their intention to develop products, content, and services based on the new standard.

The new generation of the WAP specification together with improved handsets and other wireless devices ensure a much better development environment for advanced mobile services.


Nokia and Orange UK Sign Contracts Worth EUR 800 Million

Nokia has signed contracts with Orange UK for the supply of 3G UMTS and GSM network expansion and 3G infrastructure. The estimated investments under these contracts are worth over EUR 800 million over three years.

Initial delivery of the Nokia's 3G trial equipment for Orange UK and the Orange Group has been completed and will be followed by network roll-out. Nokia will also provide telecom-related services, including project management, training, installation, commissioning, and technical support for both GSM and 3G networks.

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