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Friday 7th December 2001

Datacard Launch New Affina System

Datacard has released a new multi-issuer version of its Affina Smart Card Management software. The multi-issuer capability will allow logical data separation of both configuration and cardholder data allowing multiple users to access a single Affina system and share information.

"With the multi-issuer management capabilities of the Affina system, card issuers will be able to offer a wealth of new services to their customers," said Datacard's Chris Lomax. "Card issuers will be able to instantly download any new applications offered by their strategic partners, opening new revenue streams, reducing time to market and strengthening customer loyalty."


Gemplus and TDC in Wireless Alliance

Gemplus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Danish wireless operator TDC Mobile to jointly develop pilot projects for mobile network related services and solutions in Europe.

The two companies have revealed that they are to share market and product information and work toward developing solutions for the ARPU Factory - Gemplus' mobile solutions suite of products.

Gemplus' Paul Naldrett said: "With the Wireless world becoming increasing competitive, now is the time to think in different ways regarding traditional supplier - customer relationships. With greater strategic co-operation between TDC and Gemplus, I believe the two companies can create significant WIN-WIN opportunities."


SCM and AuthenTec to Launch Biometric Reader

SCM Microsystems and AuthenTec have joined forces to develop a card reader that will be able to support fingerprint recognition technology. SCM will incorporate AuthenTec's EntrePad fingerprint sensors into its PCMCIA reader that will offer secure authentication and control of corporate data.

The reader will exploit AuthenTec's patented subsurface TruePrint technology that allows fingerprints to be read below the surface of the skin eliminating recognition problems created by dirt, grime, dry skin or excessive moisture. The SCM Biometric PCMCIA Reader is scheduled to be available by the first quarter of 2002.


Swedbank Selects ActivCard Secure Tokens

Swedish financial giant Swedbank has ordered 200,000 digital authentication tokens from ActivCard to allow its customers to shop online using a secure digital authentication password. Swedbank has commissioned Protect Data to handle the implementation and distribution of the tokens which includes an option to purchase a further 10,000 tokens if required.

Swedbank's Internet Bank Manager Hakan Nyberg, said: "The fact that the association rate to Swedbank over Internet continues to be high, 5000 - 8000 new customers a week, shows among other things that this is a service that gives our customers a feeling of security."


New GSM Testing Family From TEMIA

TEMIA has launched a new family of 16-port protocol testers for GSM, GPRS, SS#7, ISDN and V5 Networks which offer multi-user access.

The new TE980 series consists of the TE980 Voyager, a portable test system with integrated PC unit and GUI, and the TE980 NetProbe - a compact capture unit. The TE980 family supports up to 16 PRI ports (TX/RX) per TE980 probe and provides full duplex monitoring of up to eight links. It is also possible to access 32 time slots per PRI or 256 time slots using a fully configured TE980 probe with eight PCM links.

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