Pilgrims Progress to Smartcards.
Religious pilgrims in Italy for the Jubilee of the Year 2000 who
visit ancient sites in the Vatican City, Gubbio and Assisi will be armed
with modern St Christopher amulets, smartcards made by French firm
Gemplus SA. Originally established by Pope Boniface VIII in the 14th
century, the Jubilee is an official international holy year that happens
every 25 years. The Gemplus scheme is being stage-managed by Setefi, the
computer services subsidiary of an Italian bank, Cariplo bank, which
will install the network of card readers.