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Thursday 13th December 2001

‘Ducato’ Consortium Complete CEPS Project

The partners in the ‘Ducato’ consortium have announced the completion of its Common Electronic Purse Specifications (CEPS) project that will offer international interoperability across CEPS-based e-purse technologies.

Project Ducato was launched in September 2000 and aimed at standardising CEPS-related technologies to allow banking organisations in various countries to use international payments schemes. The two CEPS-compatible Smart Card technologies to be used in the project are Sermepa’s Advantis and Proton World’s Proton Prisma.

The Ducato project is comprised of members from Banksys, Groupement des Cartes Bancaires, Europay, Interpay Nederland, Proton World, Sermepa, Sistema 4B and Visa.


SchlumbergerSema and CMS Launch Smart Card for Credit Unions

SchlumbergerSema has announced that CUNA Network Services (CNS) will be the first partner to offer its e-gate Smart Card to member credit unions.

The alliance will target the Smart Card needs of 10,000 credit unions with CNS supplying deployment and support services to all participating credit unions that offer e-gate to their members.

The key component of the e-gate Smart Card is a specially designed chip that incorporates the standard Smart Card ISO and USB interface and eliminates the need for a separate card reader, power supply and driver software.


Gemplus Reach JavaCard Milestone

Gemplus has announced that it has shipped its 10 millionth GemXpresso Smart Card. The card is based on the JavaCard technology and has been targeted at the financial services market.

The company is believed to have invested heavily in JavaCard technology research and development over the past 12 month, and is involved in a number of cross-industry organisations to support and develop the JavaCard platform, such as the JavaCard Forum, Liberty Alliance Project, GlobalPlatform and Open Card Consortium.


Aladdin and CBI Develop New USB Token Solution

Aladdin Knowledge Systems and Control Break International (CBI) have announced a partnership to develop the first pre-boot USB token security solution which will combine CBI’s SafeBoot PC and laptop security solution with Aladdin’s eToken authentication device.

CBI is an existing eToken solution partner and the integration of its SafeBoot solution with eToken is aimed at strengthening authentication process by preventing data stored on a hard disk from being read or used by unauthorised users


'Roaming Crucial to GPRS Adoption', Says Report

The success of GPRS hinges on the ability to offer international roaming capabilities, according to a new report published by Analysys.

The report, titled 'GPRS Roaming: Technical Options and Strategic Implications', states that GPRS subscriber numbers in Western Europe could reach 6 million by the end of 2002. but only if roaming to GPRS users' main travelling destinations becomes possible within the next six months.

"While very little GPRS data revenue will be derived directly from roaming," said lead report author Katrina Bond, "it is critical for attracting early adopters, particularly business people who want to access email and corporate applications when travelling."

According to Analysys, roaming models currently employed for GSM networks are inadequate for the increased complexity of billing and for providing a consistent method of access for the broad range of services that will be introduced over GPRS networks.

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