SCM Microsystems Bridges the Gap Between Smart Cards and PCs With Shipment of SwapSmart.
SwapSmart Smart Card Reader and SwapSmart Developers Kit
Ship; Electronic Commerce And Security Applications
Easier To Develop And Access
To provide a technology which bridges the information flow between smart cards and PCs, SCM Microsystems is now shipping SwapSmart(TM), the company's PC Card smart card reader/writer product. Accompanying this announcement, SCM Microsystems has also begun shipping its SwapSmart(TM) Developers Kit which provides developers with tools to create smart card enabled applications for use in a variety of security-oriented environments such as electronic/digital commerce, authentication, authorization and access control.
The SwapSmart smart card reader is available through SCM Microsystems directly, or through qualified distributors. The suggested retail price for a single SwapSmart reader is $199. OEM quantity pricing is available. The SwapSmart Developers Kit sells for $499.
Smart cards are credit card sized plastic cards with embedded microprocessors and memory. Smart cards are widely used in Europe and Asia, primarily for secure banking, pay telephones, as well as portable and private storage of medical records. An estimated 3.1 billion smart cards will be issued by the year 2000, according to the Smart Card Forum, a consortium of more than 230 leading companies in the banking, computer, and health care industries. A new wave of smart card-based applications is driving demand in the US. The portability and high level of security of smart cards make them ideal for electronic commerce, controlled access to computers and networks, Internet security, banking, digital video broadcasts, customer loyalty programs and for stored value and information for college students.
"The increase in online commerce and remote communication activities, in addition to regular appearance of PC Card slots on the desktop, fully validate the next iteration of application abilities which take advantage of PC Card technology," said Bill Lempesis, COO of San Jose, Calif.-based PCMCIA. "The emergence of PC Card-style smart card readers will assist organizations in securing smart card-related applications and will allow for both mobile and desktop application development."
Smart Card Technology Meets PC Card Technology Via SwapSmart
SCM Microsystems has leveraged its extensible smart card reader technology, developed in France, with its extensive PC Card expertise to deliver the SwapSmart smart card reader. The SwapSmart reader is a PC Card (PCMCIA) device providing a portable, universal, secure and cost-effective bridge between smart cards and the mobile PC. The SwapSmart reader supports all ISO 7816 Smart Card Protocols as well as asynchronous and synchronous smart cards, allowing OEMs, developers and smart card application users to access virtually any smart card. In addition to broad smart card support, the SwapSmart reader is easily accessible from a wide variety of operating systems and platforms. SCM Microsystems' SwapSmart reader enables easy access to the growing number of smart card applications such as network, virtual private network (VPN) and firewall security as well as local and remote computer access control. Additionally, the SwapSmart reader makes it possible to use smart cards for user authorization and authentication, e-mail and for secure transactions required for electronic commerce.
Currently, SCM Microsystems is working with Microsoft and the other members of the PC/SC Workgroup to ensure the SwapSmart reader's support of new open specifications for integrating smart cards with PCs. By supporting a wide range of smart cards and the standards set by the PC/SC Workgroup, the SwapSmart reader provides maximum interoperability among smart cards and easy access to smart card applications for mobile or desktop PCs. The SwapSmart reader is also compliant with the B1 specification for smart card readers developed by Deutsche Telecom as well as the Common Data Security Access specification that was developed by Intel and adopted by Netscape for use in Netscape Communicator. SwapSmart is ready for domestic and international deployment, having passed FCC, UL, CUL and CE regulations.
In a press release announcing the development of the PC/SC Workgroup and the development of open standards for the integration of smart cards, Jean-Paul Bize, vice president of the electronic transactions business unit at Schlumberger, the world's leading smart card and systems supplier, "The smart card is uniquely positioned to invigorate the PC industry through data and network-access security and innovative new networking applications. In creating open standards, we are supporting the growth of the industry while bringing the security and privacy offered by smart cards to the world of personal computers for numerous applications."
SwapSmart Developers Kit Enables Smart Card Based Applications
To facilitate the development of a new generation of smart card applications, SCM Microsystems is now shipping the SwapSmart Developers Kit. The SwapSmart Developers Kit is an ideal tool for developing a variety of applications including secure electronic commerce, identification, and access control to computers, workstations and networks.
The SwapSmart Developers Kit includes a SwapSmart smart card reader, two sample smart cards, a SwapBox PC Card adapter for desktop PCs, software libraries (APIs) for DOS, Windows 95, Windows NT and Windows 3.1x, a test utility for low-level (ISO 7816-based) communication with the SwapSmart adapter, sample C code and complete documentation on developing smart card based applications.
SCM Microsystems Inc., with headquarters in Los Gatos, California and offices in Germany, France and Japan, is a leading provider of products and technologies which enable token-based authentication, integrity and confidentiality services required for secure access to digital content. By bridging smart cards and other secure devices with PCs and workstations, SCM Microsystems provides cost-effective solutions for conditional access to mobile and desktop computers, workstations, digital video broadcasts, virtual private networks, electronic files, e-mail and Internet firewalls and facilitates electronic commerce. For additional information, contact SCM Microsystems at (408) 370-4888 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The company maintains a Web site at www.scmmicro.com . -0-
Trademark References: SwapBox is a registered trademarks of SCM Microsystems. SwapFTL, SwapSmart, MiniReader, and MiniBox are trademarks of SCM Microsystems. Other products named may be trademarks of their respective manufacturers and are hereby recognized.
SCM Microsystems notes that any projected shipment dates are forward-looking statements that are subject to change based on numbers factors including, but not limited to, work stoppages, engineering delays, testing delays, scheduling of orders, changes in the competitive environment, and timely delivery by component suppliers.
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