Schlumberger to Develop Open Technology Smart Card Platform Open architecture based on Java Card API for secure multiple-application smart cards.CARDTECH SECURTECH, Orlando--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 1997--
Supports Visa Partner Program
Schlumberger Electronic Transactions is developing the Open Technology Platform, an architecture designed for secure multiple application 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. based on the Java Card A smart card that contains Java applets. Several applets can be stored in the card, and new ones can be added after issuance to the customer. See Java. API (Application Programming Interface) A language and message format used by an application program to communicate with the operating system or some other control program such as a database management system (DBMS) or communications protocol. .
In support of the Visa Partner Program and as a major chip technology provider, Schlumberger will make the platform available to Visa Member financial institutions and others as a basis for multiple application smart cards, a move that will promote standardization standardization
In industry, the development and application of standards that make it possible to manufacture a large volume of interchangeable parts. Standardization may focus on engineering standards, such as properties of materials, fits and tolerances, and drafting and interoperability The capability of two or more hardware devices or two or more software routines to work harmoniously together. For example, in an Ethernet network, display adapters, hubs, switches and routers from different vendors must conform to the Ethernet standard and interoperate with each other. .
Smart cards bring a world of new marketing and revenue opportunities for businesses. Financial institutions, in particular, will benefit from the migration from mag-stripe technology to smart cards because of new products and enhanced transaction security. Multiple application smart cards, especially, can form the basis of new, highly differentiated products in very competitive markets.
Multiple application cards allow the grouping of two or more functions onto one card, so the consumer will have one card that does several things. A combination credit card, ATM card An ATM card (also known as a bank card, client card, or cash card) is an ISO 7810 card issued by a bank, credit union or building society.
Its primary uses are:
"An open industry technology platform, as promoted by Schlumberger, allows our Member banks to customize multiple functions on one card," says Gaylon Howe, senior vice president of chip products for Visa International. "We are enthusiastic that the Visa Partner Program is recognized by technology leaders, such as Schlumberger, as the first and most comprehensive chip migration strategy for financial institutions. Through the use of innovative chip technology, our Members can provide their customers with products that are convenient, flexible and unique to each individual."
"Schlumberger is proud to be working with Visa International on this important development using Java Card API, the latest, most secure smart card technology," stated James D. Davis, vice president and general manager of Schlumberger Smart Cards and Systems, North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. . "This is the latest indication that customers continue to benefit from our wide-ranging expertise in cards and applications to introduce projects with faster time-to-market with lower risk."
The technology basis for the platform, Java Card API, was announced last fall by Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) is an American vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded on 24 February 1982. , Inc. This was followed by Schlumberger's announcement of its Cyberflex(tm) smart card development, the first Java-based smart card. These events marked a major turning point in the evolution of smart cards. Until Java Card, smart card applications have been developed in low- level machine code specific to each smart card company and chip architecture and loaded into the card at the time of manufacture. As a result, applications have not been portable, development times are fairly long, and applications can't be added or changed once the cards are issued.
Java Card and Cyberflex have changed all of that. Java applications A Java program that is run stand alone. The Java Virtual Machine in the client or server is interpreting the instructions. Contrast with Java applet. See servlet. are portable between compliant smart cards from different companies. There are many qualified Java programmers to write programs and load them onto cards, and these applications can be loaded after the cards are issued.
The project will be undertaken by Schlumberger's technology centers in San Jose San Jose, city, United States
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SLB Sport Lisboa e Benfica (soccer) ), supplies cards, terminals, and management systems across the entire range of magnetic and chip card applications around the world. The company offers its customers The Smart Village(r), a flexible portfolio of smart card-based solutions for businesses and communities of all sizes, including the telecom, banking, retail, network security, mass transit mass transit, public transportation systems designed to move large numbers of passengers. Types and Advantages
Mass transit refers to municipal or regional public shared transportation, such as buses, streetcars, and ferries, open to all on a & parking, and health care sectors.
Schlumberger is a pioneer and is the leader in smart card technology, recently introducing Cyberflex the first-ever smart card to use the Java Card API from JavaSoft, and Cryptoflex(tm), the first smart card to support strong public-key cryptography public-key cryptography - public-key encryption . For more information, contact the Schlumberger web site at: http://www.slb.com/et/ -0-
Cyberflex, Cryptoflex, and Smart Village are trademarks of Schlumberger.
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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North America: Press: Environics Communications, Stamford, Conn. Deb Montner or Stephen Acken (1) 203-325-8772, ext. 14 or 12 e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Business: Schlumberger Smart Cards & Systems, N. A. Tom Lebsack, (1) 757-366-4307, e-mail: email@example.com
Europe: Schlumberger Electronic Transactions, Montrouge Isabelle Ferdane-Couderc (33) 1-4746-7020, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Asia: Schlumberger Technologies, Singapore Sally Chew, (65) 746-6344, e-mail: email@example.com Schlumberger to Develop Open Technology Smart Card Platform
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Press: Deb Montner or Stephen Acken,
(1) 203-325-8772, ext. 14 or 12
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or,
Schlumberger Smart Cards & Systems, N. A.
Business: Tom Lebsack, (1) 757-366-4307,