Bankcard issuers will be able to use a new smart card application for the convenient storage of data on the smart Visa cards. The “Convenience Storage” application was developed by Oberthur Card Systems and is based on the smart Visa Framework, which Oberthur developed with Visa U.S.A. earlier this year. The smart Visa Framework is a comprehensive set of commands, data structures, security protocols, and access methods that help to generically manage personal data. Also, pending Visa certification, Oberthur plans to introduce its new CosmopolIC Lite low-cost Open Platform card featuring the smart Visa Framework in ROM in early 2002.
“The key advantage we provide is that the card gives cardholders total control of any data they might want to store on the card, from payment products to drivers’ license information, through a global PIN management system,” noted Oberthur executive vice-president of sales and field marketing Thierry Burgess. “Personal data is securely stored directly on the smart card.”
Cardholders will be able to use Oberthur’s PC-based Convenience Storage application to store and retrieve any type of data from their card. Typical uses include the storage of personal information such as birthdays, Social Security numbers or frequent flyer account numbers.
The smart Visa Framework applet suite was designed by Visa U.S.A. and developed by Oberthur. It integrates standard functions, commands and data structures for personal data applications, whether for authentication or convenience purpose. The smart Visa Framework also offers a standard security framework for the management of credentials — such as pass codes and digital certificates, and standardized functions such as common PIN management. The Convenience Storage application utilizes the smart Visa Framework to introduce a tag-based data structure allowing for the storage of a wide range of personal information on a smart card.
“We are very pleased with the result of our collaboration with Oberthur,” said Patrick Gauthier, senior vice president of smart card applications for e-Visa, a division of Visa U.S.A. “With these new products, Oberthur demonstrates their broad understanding and ability to deliver on the value proposition for smart cards.”
About Oberthur Card Systems
Oberthur Card Systems (Paris Stock Exchange – Code EUROCLEAR 12413), a global leader and the innovator in the smart card industry, is shaping the future by offering the ultimate in SIM, WAP, 3G (IMT-2000/UMTS), e-wallet technologies & Internet-based card management services coupled with a firm commitment to open standards.
Championing EMV migration, Oberthur is the world’s number one supplier of MasterCard and Visa cards, a leader in the banking, e-commerce, m-commerce and pay-TV sectors, and in Java(TM) and GSM technologies.
Oberthur Card Systems has an international reach with an industrial and commercial presence in 21 countries across the five continents. Oberthur Card Systems had sales of 451.1 million Euros in 2000.Details