SmartDisk Partners With Xcert to Provide Secure Miniature Storage Media and Smart Cards.WALNUT CREEK Walnut Creek, residential city (1990 pop. 60,569), Contra Costa co., W Calif., in the San Francisco Bay area; inc. 1914. It is the trade and shipping center of an extensive agricultural area where walnuts are among the major product. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 7, 1999--
Xcert International Inc., the premier developer of software products for securing business-to-business electronic commerce over the Internet, announced today a strategic alliance with SmartDisk Corporation, which focuses on providing innovative solutions that advance and enhance the use of miniature storage media Refers to flash memory cards, USB drives and tiny hard disks. See flash memory, USB drive, Microdrive and hard disk. and 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. . SmartDisk will be joining Xcert's OpenXchange Partner Program, which is committed to offering customers the utmost security through its Public Key Infrastructure (PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) A framework for creating a secure method for exchanging information based on public key cryptography. The foundation of a PKI is the certificate authority (CA), which issues digital certificates that authenticate the identity of ) product Sentry CA.
As part of the partnership, SmartDisk and Xcert will combine resources to integrate SmartDisk's product Smarty An earlier device marketed by Fischer International Systems Corporation, Naples, FL (www.fisc.com) that used a standard 3.5" floppy drive to read smart cards. The smart card was inserted into Smarty, which resembled a floppy disk. (R), a smart card PC reader/writer, with Xcert's Sentry CA. The result will be bulletproof Refers to extremely stable hardware and/or software that cannot be brought down no matter what unusual conditions arise. See industrial strength.
bulletproof - Used of an algorithm or implementation considered extremely robust; lossage-resistant; capable of correctly security and peace of mind for companies and individuals electronically disseminating sensitive information. SmartDisk and Xcert will also pursue joint product interoperability and marketing initiatives.
"Our partnership with Xcert allows us to further extend our customer base with added PKI interoperability," said Quresh Sachee, vice president, marketing, SmartDisk Corporation. "Security is a high priority for our customers. We needed to rely on a partner that could deliver the security our customers demand and have a strategy for providing innovative solutions well into the future."
Xcert's OpenXchange Partner Program is targeted to e-commerce product vendors, channel partners, systems integrators and consultants who are committed to deploying, supporting or interoperating with Xcert's award winning Sentry CA solution. The OpenXchange program enables partners to plug in Xcert's PKI and digital signature solution, providing them with the critical enabling technology for secure and non-repudiable electronic commerce over the Internet. As part of the program, Xcert awards technology partners with the Xcertified(TM) seal of approval. Xcert's Interoperability Lab issues the Xcertified seal after certifying that partners' products meet the integration requirements for large-scale PKI deployments. Other benefits of the OpenXchange program include joint sales and marketing activities and preferential access to Xcert training, technology and product information.
"We are excited about the alliance with SmartDisk," said Patrick Richard, chief technology officer of Xcert. "SmartDisk is leading the way by offering their customers the most innovative miniature storage media and smart card solutions on the market with the greatest level of security available."
Xcert's Sentry CA 3.6 solution allows an organization to own and operate its own digital certificate authority (CA) according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. its own existing business practices. As the only solution that interoperates with all other standard PKI systems and extends PKI beyond the firewall, Xcert's Sentry CA enables enterprises to exchange digital certificates with business partners and customers regardless of location. Xcert's technology enables financial institutions, large corporations and government agencies to increase revenue and improve productivity by conducting sensitive business transactions electronically.
About SmartDisk Corporation
SmartDisk designs, develops and markets products that simplify the digital lifestyle. Its patented product solutions enable the easy transfer of images, music, voice and data between personal computers, the Internet and various types of digital appliances that use flash memory cards and/or smart cards. SmartDisk's objective is to utilize its proprietary technology to capitalize on Cap´i`tal`ize on`
v. t. 1. To turn (an opportunity) to one's advantage; to take advantage of (a situation); to profit from; as, to capitalize on an opponent's mistakes s>. the growing demand for digital appliances and increased usage of the Internet. The market for SmartDisk's solutions includes users of the ubiquitous and resilient 3.5-inch floppy disk drive floppy disk drive - disk drive , found worldwide on almost 300 million personal computers. SmartDisk's investors include Toshiba Corporation (company) Toshiba Corporation - A Japanese technology manufacturer with 364 subsidiaries worldwide. Toshiba makes and sells electronics for home, office, industry and health care including information and communication systems, electronic components, heavy electrical apparatus, , Fischer, Hitachi, NEC (NEC Corporation, Tokyo, www.nec.com, www.necus.com) An electronics conglomerate known in the U.S. for its monitors. In Japan, it had the lion's share of the PC market until the late 1990s (see PC 98).
NEC was founded in Tokyo in 1899 as Nippon Electric Company, Ltd. and others. For more information, go to www.smartdisk.com.k.com.
About Xcert International Inc.
Based in Walnut Creek, California Walnut Creek is a largely affluent suburb several miles east of Oakland in Contra Costa County, California, USA, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. While not as large as the neighboring Concord, Walnut Creek serves as the business and entertainment hub for the , Xcert International Inc. is the premier developer of Public Key Infrastructure technology. Xcert's products provide privacy and authenticity for conducting secure Internet business transactions. Xcert develops, manufactures and distributes Certificate Authority and public key infrastructure solutions that use secure directory services to provide organizations and individuals with a secure and non-repudiable method of communicating with each other over the Internet. Xcert also licenses its underlying PKI technology to selected service providers and third party developers worldwide. Xcert can be reached on the World Wide Web at www.xcert.com.
Xcert the Xcert logo, Sentry CA, Sentry RA and WebSentry are all trademarks of Xcert International, Inc.