HP Announces Alliance with Gemplus and Informix to Deliver Personal Information Cards for Consumers; U.S. Government Reviewing Industry-backed HP International Cryptography Framework.
PALO ALTO Palo Alto, city, California
Palo Alto (păl`ō ăl`tō), city (1990 pop. 55,900), Santa Clara co., W Calif.; inc. 1894. Although primarily residential, Palo Alto has aerospace, electronics, and advanced research industries. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 26, 1995-- Hewlett-Packard Company, Gemplus and Informix today announced the formation of an alliance to develop a secure infrastructure that will enable corporations to speed new services to consumers via a credit-card-sized personal information card.
These cards will carry several thousand times the amount of data carried by currently available smart cards Example of widely used contactless smart cards are Hong Kong's Octopus card, Paris' Calypso/Navigo card and Lisbon' LisboaViva card, which predate the ISO/IEC 14443 standard. The following tables list smart cards used for public transportation and other electronic purse applications. . Additionally, the data on these cards will be fully encrypted for secure international communication, so the card will be able to be used anywhere in the world. HP believes that the U.S. government will authorize the export to commercial enterprises of products in Phase I(1) of HP's international cryptography framework standard -- one of the underlying technologies in the infrastructure that will enable the international use of personal information cards. The framework is based on HP's open cryptographic structure.
Each member of the alliance will contribute keytechnologies:
-- HP -- server, encryption The reversible transformation of data from the original (the plaintext) to a difficult-to-interpret format (the ciphertext) as a mechanism for protecting its confidentiality, integrity and sometimes its authenticity. Encryption uses an encryption algorithm and one or more encryption keys. , middleware Software that functions as a conversion or translation layer. It is also a consolidator and integrator. Custom-programmed middleware solutions have been developed for decades to enable one application to communicate with another that either runs on a different platform or comes from a and networking
-- Gemplus -- advanced smart-card technology
-- Informix -- database and middleware technologies
Personal information cards, along with the international cryptography framework, will allow corporations to deliver services while still ensuring the privacy of each consumer's personal information. New business applications that could emerge once these technologies are available include the following:
-- secure communications between employees of a
multinational corporation multinational corporation, business enterprise with manufacturing, sales, or service subsidiaries in one or more foreign countries, also known as a transnational or international corporation. These corporations originated early in the 20th cent. ;
-- secure transactions on the Internet;
-- secure international transactions between credit-card
and service providers; and
-- secure personal information that also is managed by the
PERSONAL INFORMATION CARD
HP, Gemplus and Informix are adding unique elements to the personal information card that will make it easy for consumers to manage their own personal information. The personal data stored on the card may then be accessed by multiple service providers for such tasks as purchasing airline tickets and storing frequent-flyer-miles transactions in a consumer's personal database. Unlike single-transaction smart cards, consumers may use their card with multiple service providers.
The personal information card will be more convenient than today's retail cards since all transactions are captured in the card, thus showing current balances in checking, frequent-user, savings, credit-card and other types of accounts. All transactions will automatically be posted to the correct place in the owner's personal accounting system. The information in the personal information card will be fully accessible and viewable by the card's owner, eliminating the need to call multiple firms or agencies to obtain or manage this information. All of this is accomplished with security that is controlled by the card owner.
INTERNATIONAL CRYPTOGRAPHY FRAMEWORK
Because current export restrictions Export restrictions (Restriction on exportation) are restrictions to the quantity of goods exported to a specific country or countries by the government.
This is mainly:
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the U.S. government, HP's international cryptography framework is a promising concept that could work within export policy and provide needed commercial cryptography capabilities.
Under government export authorization, HP plans to broaden the geographic markets for Phase I products. HP's open cryptographic structure will allow a more flexible range of cryptographic capabilities and new technologies to be incorporated into customers' applications without making obsolete their existing investment in security and cryptographic infrastructure. Export licenses will be needed only for the new technologies -- not for the framework's compliant products -- thus saving customers time and money.
The framework meets the needs of businesses, the Internet and governments for secure business transactions and messages. Businesses will be able to choose the appropriate cryptography solutions to meet their changing needs and still be in compliance with evolving government policies.
"HP is revolutionizing worldwide commerce as part of an alliance that will leapfrog any announced product or service in the area of international commerce," said Richard W. Sevcik, HP vice president and general manager of the System Technology Group of the Computer Systems Organization. "HP's open cryptographic structure is another example of HP's leadership position in developing open-systems technologies for the users of computer technology."
HP, Gemplus and Informix will demonstrate the personal-information-card solution in Geneva Geneva, canton and city, Switzerland
Geneva (jənē`və), Fr. Genève, canton (1990 pop. 373,019), 109 sq mi (282 sq km), SW Switzerland, surrounding the southwest tip of the Lake of Geneva. at Telecom '95. The demonstration will show how a single, interactive card can access multiple services -- today, such access requires a separate card from each service. The single card is more secure since it contains a tamperproof tam·per·proof
Designed to prevent tampering or provide evidence of tampering: tamperproof aspirin containers. processor that fully encrypts all transactions to and from the card. In addition, the card could be used to store "electronic cash," thus eliminating the need to visit an automatic teller machine See ATM. to get hard currency. The same card also could be used as a credit card, all at the consumer's discretion. All transactions, cash or credit, will automatically be posted to the correct place in the owner's personal accounting system. Many more uses are being planned for the personal information card.
"Informix's experience in providing database technology in smart-card technology internationally has taught us that customers need a multipurpose mul·ti·pur·pose
Designed or used for several purposes: a multipurpose room; multipurpose software.
Adjective card that is fast, cheap, flexible and easy to use," said Jeff Hudson, vice president of business development for Informix Software. "These personal information cards will allow service providers, such as financial institutions, telecommunications companies See telecom company. and airlines, to provide customers with individualized in·di·vid·u·al·ize
tr.v. in·di·vid·u·al·ized, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·ing, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·es
1. To give individuality to.
2. To consider or treat individually; particularize.
3. service -- all on one card. Informix's high-performance, scaleable database technology, Dynamic Scalable Architecture, is the only database that can manage the data requirements of this first-of-its-kind technology efficiently."
Gemplus is the world leader in the plastic card industry, both conventional and smart cards with a yearly production capacity of 850 million cards and an international presence in 19 countries. With production facilities and service bureau operations in the USA and in Europe, Gemplus has 1,200 jobs with a turnover of 1,084MF (million francs) at the end of 1994.
Gemplus supplies more than 80 countries worldwide in applications such as information highways, multimedia, banking, electronic purse, loyality, telecommunications (payphone payphone
a coin-operated telephone
payphone pay n → Münztelefon nt;
(card phone) → Kartentelefon nt
and GSM cards), pay TV, healthcare, transportation, vending, physical and logical access control, etc. Gemplus' key factor of success is its commitment to total quality, its ability to keep turning out new products, solutions and applications for every imaginable customer demand.
Informix Software is the leading supplier of high performance, parallel processing parallel processing, the concurrent or simultaneous execution of two or more parts of a single computer program, at speeds far exceeding those of a conventional computer. database technology, for open systems. The company's database servers are the number one choice of computer hardware manufacturers for publishing Transaction Processing Updating the appropriate database records as soon as a transaction (order, payment, etc.) is entered into the computer. It may also imply that confirmations are sent at the same time.
Transaction processing systems are the backbone of an organization because they update constantly. Council (TPC (Transaction Processing Performance Council, San Francisco, CA, www.tpc.org) An organization devoted to benchmarking transaction processing systems. In order to derive the number of transactions that can be processed in a given time frame, TPC benchmarks measure the total performance of ) benchmarks for UNIX-based systems. Informix products also include application development tools for creating client/server production application, decision support systems and ad-hoc query interfaces, and connectivity software that allows information to be shared transparently from PCs to mainframes within the corporate computing environment. The company's corporate headquarters is in Menlo Park, California Menlo Park is a city in San Mateo County, California in the United States of America. It is located at latitude 37°29' North, longitude 122°9' East. Menlo Park had 30,785 inhabitants as of the 2000 U.S. Census. . More information about Informix is available via the World Wide Web: hhtp://www.informix.com/.
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Note to Editors: (1) Phase I of the international cryptography framework will integrate non-user accessible dormant encryption technology into host system for distribution in Western Europe Western Europe
The countries of western Europe, especially those that are allied with the United States and Canada in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (established 1949 and usually known as NATO). in addition to the United States and Canada. The framework offers a flexible and scaleable range of cryptographic features that can be fully integrated into system solutions and activated only when business needs are identified.
(2) PA-RISC stand for Precision Architecture, reduced-instruction-set computing.
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