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Monday 18 June 2001


Oberthur and Litton Suppy Smart Card Technology to DoD

Oberthur Card Systems and Smart Card integrator Litton PRC have been awarded a contract to supply an additional 600,000 Common Access ID chip cards to the US Department of Defense (DoD), bringing the total to 700,000 cards for the past year.

The chips on the new cards store digital certificates and digital signatures for authorised personnel who may do paperless contracting and require secure access to buildings and networks.

The Smart Cards use a Java-technology based open platform enabling additional programs and applications to be added in the future.

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Fujitsu Shipping 'Thin and Light' Notebook

Fujitsu PC Corporation (FPC) is now shipping its new "thin and light" LifeBook S Series notebook targeted at mobile professionals requiring a lightweight and high-performance computing solution. Pricing starts at $2,399.

The notebook features one Type I or Type II PC Card slot, making the LifeBook S Series "wireless ready" with the assistance of a third-party wireless PC Card modem.

FPC says it will continue to integrate a built-in Smart Card Reader and a pre-boot data Security Panel as a theft deterrent into select notebooks, including the new LifeBook S Series. The pre-boot data security panel supplies more than 800,000 possible passwords to ensure the proper user's data will be safe and secure. The built-in Smart Card Reader provides users with a range of applications, such as secured online transactions, personalised authentication services, access to personal data and "e-cash" storage options. FPC's Smart Card Reader needs to be complemented by an optional Smart Card Holder and third-party software to process data.

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New Digital Cable STB for the US Market

South African-based UEC Technologies and Nagravision have announced a new digital cable set-top box (STB) intended for the North American cable market.

Called the 'Eagle Box', the product supports Nagravision Smart Card-based conditional access system and is the result of a joint product development agreement between Nagravision and UEC.

UEC said that it expected the product to be available in production quantities by the end of this year.


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