JSMART Coprocessor

Nazomi Communications Inc., the inventor of universal and scalable coprocessor products for Java(TM) technology, announced the release of the JSMART coprocessor for Java Card technology. The JSMART Java Card coprocessor is based on Nazomi’s JSTAR architecture, ‘the leading hardware approach to boosting performance of Java-enabled devices while also reducing power consumption during Java software execution.

“Smart cards enabled with Java Card technology are rapidly becoming a key enabler for commerce, identification, authentification, and other simple transaction-based applications,” said Jay Kamdar, vice president of marketing and COO for Nazomi. “Shopping, banking, stock portfolio management, government entitlement, military programs, health insurance plans and other applications are utilizing smart card technology to facilitate portable transaction and authentication services.”

The JSMART Java Card coprocessor is fully compatible with the Java Card 2.1.2 specifications and can be interfaced with any 8-bit, 16-bit or 32-bit smart card microprocessor, making it an ideal Java Card microprocessor. The JSMART coprocessor is fully invisible to the smart card and only becomes active when executing Java Card application software. This leaves the native microprocessor’s instruction set architecture unaffected and capable of executing non-Java Card applications.

Kamdar explained that market adoption of Java Card is being driven by a desire for a universal development language, a universal runtime platform and the ability to run separate secure applications. Smart cards derive power from a smart card reader and the card itself has no capability for energy dissipation, making energy consumption and dissipation critical issues for smart card designs. The JSMART coprocessor addresses these critical issues by completing applications and transactions faster and more efficiently, which results in less energy consumed and dissipated.

“Our ability to scale the JSTAR technology to fit many applications and markets affirms the flexibility of our architecture,” said Mukesh Patel, CEO and co-founder of Nazomi. “We are confident that Java Card will become the de facto standard platform for smart cards. Our Java Card solution now offers an enhanced value proposition for manufacturers developing smart cards enabled with Java Card technology. Nazomi is fulfilling its strategy to be the dominant broad-based supplier of intermediate language and Java technology performance boosting technology to microprocessor and system on chip manufacturers who are targeting products from smart cards to Internet appliances.”

About JSTAR and JSMART Technology

Java software running in a JSTAR or JSMART technology enhanced system consistently executes ten times faster and consumes one thirtieth (1/30) of the energy of interpreter-only methods of Java bytecode execution, based on tests run in the exact same system with and without JSTAR technology enabled using industry standard benchmark tests and complex Java application software. The JSTAR technology bridges the gap between the stack-based Java runtime environment and register-based microprocessors using on-the-fly optimized interpretation. JSTAR technology enabled microprocessors do not require any additional system memory, and in fact reduces memory accesses while executing Java software. This results in greatly improved performance and reduced power consumption meaning users of JSTAR technology enhanced devices experience responsive and consistent performance and extended battery life.

The JSTAR Java coprocessor is fully compatible with all Java Platform standards and offers a low-cost and high-performance intermediate language processing solution targeted for the J2ME and PersonalJava Platforms. JSTAR technology is an advanced Java bytecode interpretation engine implemented in silicon that retrieves Java bytecode instructions from memory and interprets them on the fly into an optimum sequence of native CPU instructions that are fed directly to the CPU for immediate execution. In essence, a JSTAR technology enhanced microprocessor becomes bilingual. The JSTAR Java coprocessor handles 160 (or 70%) of the 227 Java bytecodes with the same efficiency as its own native CPU instructions. Consisting of synthesizable Verilog RTL Silicon Intellectual Property, a typical JSTAR implementation takes 30,000 logic gates. Any semiconductor foundry can implement its synthesizable design. In a 0.18-micron process, when the JSTAR Java coprocessor is active it consumes 180 uW/MHz at 1.5 volts. Customer deliverables include detailed implementation documentation, a verification suite, a J2ME CLDC reference implementation, and a software kernel that works with any Java VM.

The JSMART Java Card coprocessor is fully compatible with all Java Card standards and offers a low-cost and high-performance intermediate language processing solution targeted for the Java Card Platform. The JSMART Java coprocessor is a derivative of the JSTAR architecture handling 167 (or 86%) of the 195 Java Card bytecodes with the same efficiency as its own native CPU instructions. Consisting of synthesizable Verilog RTL Silicon Intellectual Property, a typical JSMART implementation takes 5,000 logic gates. Any semiconductor foundry can implement its synthesizable design. In a 0.18- micron process, when the JSMART Java coprocessor is active it consumes 30 uW/MHz at 1.5 volts. Customer deliverables include detailed implementation documentation, a verification suite, and a software kernel that works with any Java Card VM.

JSTAR technology was designed from the ground up with an overall system perspective in mind, resulting in the unique instruction path processing architecture for intermediate languages that offers fully transparent operation, allowing all existing application software, operating system software and other binaries to run as-is. The same transparency also applies to the use of application development tools and debuggers.

A JSTAR or JSMART technology enabled system significantly reduces overall system power consumption when running a Virtual Machine and does not require any additional system memory, which is in contrast to real-time compilation techniques used to achieve Virtual Machine and Java software acceleration that places heavy processing and power-drain burdens on the system while it compiles Java software. Compilation techniques expand Java software as much as tenfold and therefore require a large amount of memory to store the compiled code. An additional benefit of the JSTAR architecture is that its architecture scales to applications that range from JavaCard(TM) smart cards to servers, and its acceleration scales linearly with the microprocessor clock frequency.

JSTAR and JSMART technology integrate with any stand-alone microprocessor, microprocessor core embedded into a system on chip (SoC), or smart card microprocessor such as those from AMD, ARM, Hitachi, IBM, Infineon, Intel, MIPS, Motorola, National Semiconductor, NEC, Toshiba, and others.

About Nazomi Communications

Nazomi Communications, Inc. is a technology company focused on providing efficient universal and scalable intermediate language processing products. Nazomi’s flagship products include JSTAR and JSMART. JSTAR is specifically for the J2ME and PersonalJava Platforms, targeted at wireless mobile devices, Internet appliances and embedded applications. JSMART is specifically for Java Card technology targeted at smart cards. Nazomi was founded in September 1998 by two highly experienced Java technology veterans from Sun Microsystems. Nazomi is privately held and is located at 2200 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, California, 95054, phone: (408) 654-8988, fax: (408) 654-2938, web: http://www.nazomi.com, email: info@nazomi.com.

JSTAR and JSMART are trademarks of Nazomi Communications, Inc. Sun, Sun Microsystems, Java, PersonalJava, J2ME, and Java Card are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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WIRELESS MERGER

Wireless Ventures, Inc. announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent to
acquire 4Cash a division of IRMG Inc. an Ontario Company located in Markham,
Ontario. As consideration for all of the interest in 4Cash, WLSV shall
issue to
IRMG Inc., 10 million common shares and 1.1 million five-year warrants to
Steve
Cussons to purchase WLSV common shares at an exercise price of $0.10 per
share.

Subject to the achievement of certain net profit objectives, IRMG shall also
have the right to earn an additional 10 million common shares and 5 million
three years warrants. Upon Closing, WLSV shall enter into a three-year
management services agreement with IRMG for the management of the company.
Closing is subject to certain conditions precedent including but not
limited to
satisfactory due diligence, Board of Director approvals, and the execution of
final documentation. Upon Closing, Mr. Steve Cussons shall be appointed
President, CEO and a director of WLSV. Mr. Paul K. Hickey, interim Chairman
and
C.E.O. shall resign as an Officer and Director upon the Closing.

4Cash is involved in the marketing and management of automated teller machines
(ATMs) and related services in Canada and the United States. 4Cash is in the
final stages of signing a material contract to own and operate automated cash
machines and kiosks to be placed in high profile locations throughout North
America. In addition, IRMG management has identified a number of additional
opportunities to increase the number of ATMs under management by new marketing
agreements or acquisition. Through these efforts, management expects that the
company will have positive sales growth and earnings by the end of the current
year. IRMG management has extensive experience in the North American ATM
industry.

Mr. Paul Hickey, Chairman and CEO of WLSV, stated, “The proposed business
growth opportunity for the company in the ATM business in Canada and the
United
States is significant. Mr. Cussons has an in depth understanding of the
changing dynamics of this market and the potential opportunities through his
contacts should be able to make a significant contribution to the profitable
growth of the company. The company expects to generate revenues within a
reasonable period of signing the definitive agreements with 4Cash and IRMG
Inc.” Mr. Steve Cussons, President of IRMG Inc., stated, “The opportunity for
Wireless Ventures Inc. to enter into this exciting industry will assuredly
prove to be a very positive decision. IRMG Inc. is confident of its ability to
deliver the kind of results shareholders expect and the industry deserves.”

Wireless Ventures, Inc. is a Delaware corporation whose shares are quoted on
the NASD’s Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board.
4Cash is a division of a privately held Ontario company, IRMG Inc.

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BizPay Beta Test

ConSyGen Inc announced that principal development of their BizPay payment software has been completed. Beta testing with select merchants and consumers is scheduled to begin on June 15th, 2001. ConSyGen has recently announced partnerships with EarthLink, a top-tier Internet Service Provider and Cardservice International, Inc., ConSyGen’s preferred Merchant Bankcard Service Provider. This group will deploy the “Pay for Play” payment software to merchants and consumers.

Assuming the Beta test and live launch are on time, the company is projecting revenues for the first 6 months of BizPay(TM) operations at approximately $9.5 million. This number is based on usage projections of an average of 528,000 transactions per month over the 6-month period, with an average ticket price of $25.00 per transaction, in the first 6 months of operation only. The company used a basis of 5% of EarthLink’s consumer base and 10% of their merchant base as “active” to formulate their projections, accounting only for nominal growth over this time frame. “Active” is defined as having placed a single order, with an average ticket price of $25.00, within a calendar month.

Lewis Burridge, ConSyGen’s CEO and President said, “We are being as conservative as possible with these projections, which were developed with our partners and then reduced by 50%. These projections show only moderate growth rates and with the pre-demand for the BizPay(TM) solution that we’ve seen to this point, we expect that the revenue can only get better.”

John D. Roskelley, ConSyGen’s Vice-President of Research & Development said, “The EarthLink version of the software is on schedule. With the implementation of new testing processes and methodologies, we expect a very minimal QA and testing period. We’re very excited to be heading into Beta and are very confident we will meet the projected launch date.”

The BizPay(TM) solution provides credit card processing to merchants without all of the monthly fees charged by traditional credit card processors. The merchant’s rate, per transaction, is slightly higher than the rates charged for traditional merchant services, but for the merchant that does under $1,500 per month in credit card sales, which is the BizPay target market, the BizPay solution is the most cost effective service available.

Jason Genet, ConSyGen’s Executive Vice-President and COO said, “We have developed a business model targeting an entire group of merchants not currently being serviced by traditional merchant service providers.” Genet went on to say, “The relationships we’ve struck with major processors allows us to migrate merchants, who exceed the $1,500 per month volume threshold, into traditional merchant products, staying in the revenue stream for the entire lifecycle of the merchant, with zero disruption in service to the merchant. Combine that business model with real-time fraud protection for both buyer and seller, no credit card information being passed over the Internet, easy checkout from the shopping cart, and real-time web-enabled reporting makes this product like no other product on the market today, solidifying our competitive advantage and strategic position.”

ABOUT BIZPAY

BizPay USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of ConSyGen, Inc. (CSGI), and was formed for the purpose of launching CSGI’s consumer to business (C2B) payment system BizPay(TM). The technology for BizPay(TM) was developed by CSGI and has been granted exclusive license for its use. BizPay(TM) will enable consumers to make online purchases in a safe and secure manner without the need to ever provide their credit card information over the Internet again. Providing customers with a tool to participate in e-commerce in the most secure manner possible will be an enormous boost to e-commerce; it will make online merchant acceptance of BizPay(TM) highly desirable.

ABOUT CSGI

Established in 1996 as a high technology software development and R&D company, ConSyGen, Inc. has focused its business on providing innovative and superior commerce solutions worldwide. The primary CSGI product lineup includes the Counterfeit Cop(TM) and BizPay(TM).

Websites: [www.consygen.com][1] [www.bizpayusa.com][2] [www.counterfeitcop.com][3]

[1]: http://www.consygen.com
[2]: http://www.bizpayusa.com
[3]: http://www.counterfeitcop.com

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ID CARDS

Baltimore Technologies announced that the Ministry of the Interior, in
cooperation with Getronics Italy, have chosen Baltimore UniCERT, the award
winning PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) system, to issue and manage digital
certificates as part of the Government’s plans to issue Electronic Identity
cards to all Italian citizens over a five year period.
The first 100,000 cards will be issued by June 2001 and a further one million
cards will be issued by the first Quarter of 2002. It’s estimated that over 60
million new cards containing digital certificates will be issued over the
period of the project.

Using Baltimore’s e-security products, the Ministry of the Interior will issue
electronic ID cards containing a digital certificate, to Italian citizens to
enable secure, authenticated electronic communication. This security
infrastructure will allow Italian Public Authorities and Private Service
Providers to communicate electronically with the general public and deliver
new
e-Government services, achieving cost savings and efficiency improvements by
reducing the overheads and time associated with current paper-based systems.
In addition, the adoption of Baltimore e-security will be used to improve
communication internally, accelerating the processing and administration of
Government proceedings in a trusted and secure electronic manner. Baltimore
TrustedWorld partner Getronics, a leading systems integrator, will be
responsible for the integration and implementation of the Ministry of the
Interior’s PKI system.

According to Maurizio Bruschi, the Head of the Identity Card Project of the
Ministry of the Interior, “Ours is the first project in the world which
substitutes the conventional identity card and contains the individual’s tax
code and identity details, issued on-line from front offices (Town Halls).
After an extensive examination of providers, we have chosen the security
solutions of Baltimore Technologies as they fulfill all our e-security
requirements. Such technology will greatly enhance our e-services and will
provide the essential security foundation which the Italian Public
Administration requires for building trusted e-services.”

According to Oronzo Berlen responsible for eSecurity Infrastructures, part of
Network Integration and Security Practice at Getronics Italy, “Our partnership
with Baltimore Technologies provides the essential security foundation to
develop Italian Government trusted services. The Italian IdCard project
confirms Getronics’ leadership in providing System Integration services
covering all aspects of security management in eBusiness, and delivering an
important foundation to build trusted e-services both for the Public
Authorities and the Private Sector.”

According to Pietro Riva, Business Development Manager, Baltimore Technologies
in Italy, “The Public Sector has always been a very strong and strategic
market
for Baltimore. This win underlines our capability to design and provide
robust,
scalable and innovative electronic security solutions for Governments
worldwide.”

About Baltimore Technologies

Baltimore Technologies develops and markets security products and services to
enable companies to develop trusted, secure systems for e-business, the
Internet and mobile commerce. Its products include a wide range of Public Key
Infrastructure (PKI) products and services, access control and authorisation
solutions, content security (MIMEsweeper) products, wireless e-security
solutions, cryptographic tool-kits, security applications and hardware
cryptographic devices. Baltimore’s global professional services organisation
offers a wide variety of consulting, training and deployment support to its
customers worldwide. Baltimore Technologies markets and sells its solutions
worldwide directly and through the TrustedWorld partner program. Baltimore
TrustedWorld includes many of the world’s leading technology companies and a
wide variety of global, regional and local business alliance partners.
Baltimore Technologies plc is a public company with dual listings on NASDAQ
(BALT) and the London Stock Exchange (BLM).
For further information and press releases on Baltimore Technologies, please
visit www.baltimore.com.

About Getronics

Getronics is one of the world’s leading providers of solutions and services to
professional users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With
over
29,000 employees in 36 countries, Getronics works with many of the world’s
largest companies to help them maximise the value of their technology
investment.
Getronics headquarters is in Amsterdam, with regional head offices in Boston,
Singapore and Washington DC. Getronics shares are traded on the Amsterdam
Stock
Exchange (‘GTN’). Further information about Getronics and its solutions and
services can be found at www.getronics.com.

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Cubic Nextfare

Cubic Transportation Systems announced a new system this week to enable mass transit users to order and register new smart cards on line, reload their cards, verify purchases and access account history. ‘Nextfare Web Services’ also allows transit agencies to sell and add value to tickets, provide customer service, reconcile payment when multiple transit authorities use the same smart card system and offer internet links to other products and services. The foundation of Nextfare Web Services is Cubic’s ‘Tri-Reader’ architecture, which accommodates multiple smart card platforms. As contactless card-based ticketing gains more popularity among people who use public transportation, Cubic’s new online service will offer incentives for transit agencies to move toward payment systems that offer both magnetic ticketing and smart cards.

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CARDMAN BIOMETRICS

OMNIKEY, an innovative supplier of cross-technology smart card readers for
business use, has introduced a read/write-device including a fingerprint
sensor. By combining biometric identification processes with market-proven
CardMan smart card technology, CardMan Desktop fingerprint does not only
improve security conditions – it also allows a much easier handling of smart
cards in the many areas where they have come to be used.
Developed by OMNIKEY, the biometric smart card reader stands out against
ordinary read/write devices based upon smart cards through various innovative
product features. From now on, for example, tools like PIN numbers identifying
a particular user will not be necessary any more – a fact which minimizes
security risks and improves handling processes. As biometric technology works
differently, users can dispense with time-consuming administrative procedures
every time access has been denied. Moreover, biometric identification, based
upon the unique character of unchangeable fingerprints, profits from full
legal
acceptance.

Biometric identification processes will especially be used for applications
which require a high security level, for instance home banking, internet and
computer access as well as digital signatures. The target groups for CardMan
Desktop fingerprint include manufacturers of personal computers, financial and
insurance companies as well as health care organizations and public
administrations.

Says Uwe Schnabel, Head of the Biometry Department at OMNIKEY “The open
CardMan Desktop fingerprint architecture provides OEMs and suppliers of
biometric systems with an easy support of their own identification algorithms.
It also enables integration with applications via standard interfaces such as
Bio-API and PC/SC.”
OMNIKEY will launch CardMan Desktop fingerprint 7120 first in a series of
biometric products, with distribution via OEMs, system integrators and
resellers.
CardMan Desktop fingerprint 7120, at the attractive price of Euro 100, will be
available from the third quarter of 2001.

About OMNIKEY

OMNIKEY AG is the first cross-technology supplier of smart identification and
payment devices. The company unifies and leverages leading technologies
such as
smart card, radio frequency identification (contactless) and biometrics. These
technologies are used in the development of secure devices with standard
interfaces. The certified products can be integrated into any application and
includes smart card readers, smart card terminals and contactless modules. The
company is headquartered in Wiesbaden in Germany, with offices and R&D
facilities at five other locations.

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Fujitsu Signs Another

Fujitsu-ICL Systems Inc. announced a new agreement with Business Machines Company, a Midwest reseller specializing in point-of-sale solutions for the food and drug, general merchandise and hospitality industries. BMC, a leading reseller for more than 40 years, will resell Fujitsu’s TeamPoS 2000 POS system and ISS45 software specifically tailored to these retail markets.

Effective immediately, BMC and its affiliate, CRS, is offering Fujitsu’s TeamPoS 2000 systems and Fujitsu’s ISS45 software directly to supermarket wholesalers, major supermarket chains and independent grocery retailers, from eight different locations throughout Michigan, northern Indiana and northwestern Illinois.

“Fujitsu-ICL has a long-term track record of providing highly reliable, high-performance systems tailored specifically to the needs of retailers,” said Robert Bauer, president of BMC, based in Lansing, Mich. “This relationship expands our capabilities to give our customers hardware, software and services specifically designed for the rigors of retail. Fujitsu designs its POS terminals, scanners, mobile devices and overall solutions to be user friendly, cost-effective, adaptable and high performance. That’s a must for retailers today.”

Bruce Minale, Fujitsu-ICL’s vice president for channel sales, says the agreement with the Michigan-based reseller will help further Fujitsu’s efforts to expand its base of indirect channel partners specializing in retail technologies.

“BMC is highly regarded throughout the grocery and general merchandise sectors,” said Minale. “We pursued BMC because of its strong regional presence and long-term reputation as a leading provider of solutions for the grocery sector. This agreement is further indication that we continue to expand the indirect channel as a cornerstone of our corporate sales and marketing efforts.”

About the TeamPoS and ISS45

Fujitsu’s TeamPoS 2000 is a versatile point-of-sale system that reduces total cost of ownership by adapting to multiple uses, supporting standard retail applications and POS peripherals and lowering long-term maintenance cost. Retailers can use a single hardware platform for workstations, POS terminals, kiosks and multimedia displays to eliminate unnecessary system purchases, multiple maintenance schemes and upgrade paths. With multiple displays and the power to support multimedia marketing applications, TeamPoS 2000 improves customer service and supports advanced Customer Relationship Management programs. Support for easy self-maintenance and remote management makes it fast and cost-effective to maintain while improving productivity and reducing downtime.

ISS45 is the industry-leading POS software for grocery retailers, large and small. Its seamless “Never Down, Never Obsolete” architecture provides flawless operations at the checkstand, in the back office and in the aisles, and support virtually every major POS terminal and peripheral available.

About Fujitsu-ICL Systems Inc.

Fujitsu-ICL Systems Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), a leading provider of Internet-focused information technology solutions for the global marketplace. The company specializes in IT lifecycle solutions for the retail and financial systems markets. The company has almost 30 years experience in providing hardware/software solutions and services for retail point-of-sale (POS), specialized mobile computing and automated-teller-machine (ATM) applications. Its customer relationship management (CRM) solutions enable Fujitsu customers to build high-value, personalized relationships with consumers.

Web sites: [www.fjicl.com][1], [www.fujitsu.com][2]

About BMC

Business Machines Co. (BMC) is a reseller providing sales, service and support to the food and drug, general merchandise and hospitality industries. BMC was founded in 1958 by two former NCR employees and now operates five offices throughout Michigan (Lansing, Bridgeport, Livonia, Traverse City, and Grand Rapids). The product lines represented at BMC include Fujitsu, IBM, NCR, Panasonic, Squirrel, BASS, S4, Unify and InfoCorp.

Web site: [www.bmc-pos.com][3]

[1]: http://www.fjicl.com/
[2]: http://www.fujitsu.com/
[3]: http://www.bmc-pos.com/

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E-GATE

Schlumberger Test & Transactions, a
business segment of Schlumberger Limited unveiled its
e-gate smart card technology at CardTech/SecurTech conference in Las
Vegas, providing a major boost to the fast-growing market for securing
network access via portable tokens.

Schlumberger e-gate enables a smart card to simply plug into the standard
USB (Universal Serial Bus) port supplied on today’s PCs, without the
previous requirement of a card reader. The technology addresses the key
concerns of organizations looking to put a smart PKI security infrastructure
into place, rollout complexity and return on investment. The demonstration
of this technology shows how quickly and simply the benefits of smart
card-based solutions can be delivered in the field.

Capable of working with any smart card operating system, including Java,
Cryptoflex and Windows, the e-gate technology card uses a special chip,
which integrates the USB interface electronics. This enables it to connect
directly with the serial bus using a standard connector, eliminating the
need for a card reader and a separate power supply, as well as driver
software installation and set-up.

In addition to being fully compatible with conventional ISO (International
Standards Organization) readers, Schlumberger e-gate additionally takes full
advantage of the fast communication speeds offered by USB, an increasingly
important feature for applications such as secure one-to-one Internet
services where a card needs to hold or encrypt extensive amounts of data.

“Network security is one of the fastest growing applications for smart cards
this year,” says Jean Claude Perrin, vice president IT & Networks,
Schlumberger Smart Cards. “With e-gate, we’re providing the opportunity to
dramatically reduce the cost and time involved in putting a smart card
infrastructure into place.”

Schlumberger further extends the benefits of e-gate technology by providing
it in two formats. The first is a standard ISO format card, which can
additionally be used as a conventional card in the full range of smart card
terminals – supporting other applications around an enterprise such as
physical ID, door entry and cafeteria payment. This card simply requires a
low cost connector to connect to the PC. The second is a cut-down SIM-style
card format which can be inserted in a token such as a dongle – providing an
ideal portable format for the vast and growing number of users for whom
mobile computing is now the norm.

Each version takes the convenience and ease of use associated with smart
cards to new levels. Both formats are hot-pluggable, so users can connect
the e-gate card while the computer is running, without the need to re-boot.
Both also take their power directly from the USB, eliminating the need for
additional cabling or power connections.

About Schlumberger

Schlumberger Test & Transactions provides consulting, integration and
products for smart card-based transactions, IP (Internet Protocol) network
security and wireless services, testing and measurement of semiconductor
devices. With 2000 revenue of $1.4 billion and over 8,000 employees in more
than 40 countries, it is a business segment of Schlumberger Limited (NYSE
SLB), a global technology services company with 2000 revenue of $9.6
billion. More information is available at www.slb.com

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FTC Settles Another

Following the Federal Trade Commission and Canadian law enforcement authorities recent announcement of the broadest sweeps ever targeting international credit card “protection” fraud, the Commission has obtained a court order banning a defendant in an earlier case from ever engaging in such activity. Under the terms of the stipulated final order, Courtney Ann Wiggs — who marketed the fraudulent protection through a company called Source One Publications, Inc. (Source One) — will also be required to post a $200,000 bond before engaging in any other telemarketing activities. In addition, based on the final outcome of a bankruptcy court ruling, the Commission may receive several hundred thousand dollars that could be used for consumer redress.

According to the Commission’s complaint, from December 1997 through August 1999 Courtney Ann Wiggs used Source One to deceptively market useless credit card protection to consumers in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act. The complaint, filed in September 1999, alleges that the company’s telemarketers falsely represented that consumers would be obligated to pay for all unauthorized credit charges made against their accounts, when in reality U.S. consumers are only liable for $50 of such charges. In addition, the Commission contends that Wiggs’s telemarketers falsely represented that they were calling from the consumers’ credit card company, and that they failed to promptly disclose that the purpose of their calls was to sell a product or service. Source One also obtained consumers’ credit card numbers under false pretenses, the complaint states, and used them without authorization.

Under the terms of the final order, Wiggs will be banned from selling credit card loss protection services and will be required to post a $200,000 bond before she, or any business she owns or controls, conducts or engages in telemarketing activities. In addition, she will be enjoined from making any misrepresentations related to credit card protection or any other debit account product or service and will be prohibited from selling any credit-related product or service where the purchase is completed over the telephone. Also, pending the resolution of Wiggs’s bankruptcy proceeding, the Commission may receive significant funds that could be used to provide consumer redress in this matter.

Finally, in accordance with the Telemarketing Sales Rule, Wiggs will be prevented from submitting unauthorized charges against consumer accounts or misrepresenting any material facts to consumers. She will be specifically prevented from telling consumers that they have been pre-approved for, or are likely to obtain, an extension of credit. The order also contains standard monitoring and record-keeping provisions to ensure that Wiggs abides by its terms. The Commission vote to authorize staff to file the complaint and stipulated final judgment was 5-0. The complaint and stipulated final judgment were filed in the United States District Court in Arizona. The civil action number is: CV 99-1636-PHX-MHM.

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NEW MULTOS MEMBER

Further to the recent unveiling of its new tiers of membership, the MULTOS
Consortium announced the intention of Schlumberger to become an
Alliance member.

“Schlumberger is an important addition to our already impressive list of
member companies. The company is known for innovation in the smart card
industry and will bring a number of initiatives as well as focus to aspects
of our technical and business development,” said John Wood, Chairman of the
MULTOS Consortium.

Drawing on 20 years experience in pioneering smart card innovations,
Schlumberger is continuing to evolve the new generation of smart cards,
parking terminals, ticketing machines, payphones, banking terminals,
servers, software, applications and systems integration that will play a key
role in the 21st century’s digital age.

” Schlumberger is delighted to join the MULTOS Consortium and help
contribute to the ongoing development of MULTOS operating system
specifications,” said Martin Djunte-Ghomsi, Product Manager Banking Smart
Cards. “Our involvement enables us to position the company as a global
supplier of MULTOS-based solutions, encompassing card manufacturing,
consulting, personalisation and MIP services. Our aim is to deliver high
standard value added services based on smart card technology.”

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Notes to Editors

How the Membership Works

Founder membership is most appropriate for companies wishing to develop
their own implementation of the MULTOS specification or who want to
contribute to the governance of the Consortium. Key founder members are
operating systems implementers, silicon vendors, card vendors, major
infrastructure suppliers, etc.

Founder members

Infineone Technologies
Discover Financial Services
Keycorp
Dai Nippon Printing
MasterCard International
Mondex International
Europay International
Hitachi
Fujitsu Group (includes ICL and Amdahl)
Motorola
Giesecke & Devrient
Telstra

Alliance membership is for companies that don’t initially intend to
implement the MULTOS specifications but wish to contribute to their
technical development through technical expertise in specific areas or
markets. Principal participation is through the Technical Advisory Group
and associated working groups. Examples of potential alliance members
include technology systems integrators, application developers, technical
card issuers, card vendors, key management systems companies, etc.

Observer membership companies wish to track the development of the
specifications and the workings of the council but their contribution may be
sporadic or non-technical. Typical observer companies could be governmental
bodies, advisory groups, trade associations, non-technical consultancies,
card issuers and systems integrators. Observer membership is not intended
for companies whose smart card product related revenues exceed $1,000,000
per annum, although the Full Consortium members may vote to waive this
restriction.

Founder membership includes an implementation license and is currently set
at approx. USD 500,000; Alliance membership is USD50,000 for the first year

and USD35,000 renewal; Observer membership is set at USD7,500.

STIP Consortium Releases STIP v2.0
A Java API bringing interoperability to payment terminal market as well as
e- and m-commerce market
Allows PDA, mobile phone, set-top box- designers to use the expertise of
payment terminals manufacturers to tap into secure transaction expertise

San Francisco, May 15, 2001.

The STIP Consortium announces the release of STIP v2.0, enhancing the
ground-breaking Java API specification released last year.
STIP v2.0 provides for the practical deployment of STIP Technologies on a
wide range of devices that have limited memory and processing power but are
required to support applications that meet the strict security, performance
and cost requirements of traditional electronic payment and emerging
m-commerce providers.

“STIP v2.0 solves one of the main practical problems of application
inter-operability” announces Jean-Paul Billon, Chairman of the STIP
Consortium.” The new XML-based User Interface specification allows
applications to easily adapt to a range of device configurations and
accommodate regional variants; multi-application support enables resources
to be shared securely; and the new cryptographic API simplifies support for
secure payment and application management.”

Devices such as payment terminals, payphones, vending and ticketing machines
and PC connected intelligent smart card readers benefit from the flexibility
of STIP since the hardware independent layer it provides allows applications
to be written for one device and then easily ported to another. This
drastically reduces development and certification costs, speeding deployment
and increasing profitability of new applications .

Secure transaction expertise is a hot topic in the e-commerce and m-commerce
markets. Using STIP technology, providers of PDAs, 2.5G and 3G mobile phones
and set top boxes can benefit from the experience of the consortium members
who’s expertise is in providing secure payment solutions.
“Texas Instruments sees the publication of the STIP API 2.0 as a positive
step toward providing secure wireless applications for 2.5 and 3G devices,
said Loic Hamon, European Strategic Marketing Manager Texas Instrument. “The
security features built in STIP 2.0 not only provide an enhanced framework
for secure transaction, but also control features for future STIP-based
applications.”

” We strongly support the STIP technology as it creates the huge advantage
of complete interoperability of POS platforms worldwide”, says Benoit
Perrin, product-marketing manager Schlumberger. ” By joining forces with the
STIP-members we succeeded in developing a practical and easy-to-implement
API which generates the main advantages of fast roll-out of new applications
and easy maintenance of the installed POS-base for our customers”.

“Ingenico welcomes the publication of STIP 2.0. This is an important
milestone toward interoperability between secure transaction devices. Such
interoperability is needed to accelerate the deployment of secure payment
solutions, especially those based on smart cards. The technology proposed by
STIP 2.0 will help the industry of traditional payment devices to adapt to

the new exigences of the market. It will help also this industry in
exporting its know how in matter of payment and security to new emerging
markets like e- and m-commerce.” said Bernard Morvant, General Manager/
corporate business development & partnerships of Ingenico. “Ingenico is
deeply involved in specifying, experimenting and providing the new standard
that is emerging of the efforts of converging initiatives like STIP, FINREAD
and Global Platform.”

“As a founding member of STIP, VeriFone is enthusiastic about the prospect
of achieving cross-platform interoperability for our industry,” said Eric
Lecesne, general manager of VeriFone’s Technology and Product Operation.
“STIP has the potential to bring greater efficiencies to the development and
certification process, giving developers more incentive to create new
applications that can
run, virtually unaltered, on a range of devices with differing operating
systems. We expect this to further enhance the benefits of our
multi-application Verix platform and our multi-purpose Verix-based
terminals.”

“Cardsoft congratulates the STIP Consortium for the publication of STIP API
2.0. With this version 2.0, STIP has become a major and mature reference for
secure transaction and payment industries. Cardsoft is proud to participate
with some of the main players of the industry in the elaboration,
validation, and, now, deployment of STIP technology. Cardsoft is already
marketing several products related to STIP 2.0 technology. A portable STIP
2.0 platform, eASP, will be available in June of this year for beta-test, as
well as a variant of this platform, eAFINREAD, based on FINREAD
specifications themselves including STIP 2.0 technology. Cardsoft will also
offer a development environment for these platforms, including a PC
implementation of eASP/eAFINREAD, for testing and debugging purpose” said
Donald Sweet, CEO Cardsoft Inc.”STIP 2.0 is essential for bringing
interoperability and security on small devices running secure transactions
applications, and Cardsoft is positioning itself as a major expert and
provider of this technology.”

“We at Thales e-Transactions strongly believe that this latest release of
STIP is a significant milestone on the road to true interoperability on
secure transaction devices. ” said Mike Kerrigan, director of Strategic
Marketing at Thales e-Transactions. “The benefits to our customers in
decreased time to market for new applications will ensure that they can
profitably meet the ever increasing expectations of cardholders and
merchants.”

About STIP Consortium

STIP Consortium (www.stip.org) is an independent
non-profit organization
incorporated in March 2000 that defines and promotes the Small Terminal
Interoperability Platform specification. STIP is a complete, royalty free
platform for secure transaction devices such as EFT/POS terminals, mobile

phones, vending machines and payphones and PDAs when used for secure
transactions. STIP is defined to run on Sun’s CLDC configuration.
STIP Consortium’s members comprise the traditional powerhouse of embedded
secure transactions and e-commerce solution providers – manufacturers of
payment terminals, mobile device chipsets, payphones and smart cards.
Current principal members are Bull CP8, Cardsoft, Gemplus, Ingenico,
Keycorp, Landis & Gyr, Lipman Electronic Engineering, Schlumberger,
SmartMove, Texas Instruments, Thales e-Transactions (formerly
Racal-Transcom, Dassault A.T, Krone and ICS) and VeriFone.
The goal of STIP Consortium is to enable Java applications to run with
limited resources on a compact virtual machine and API platform and to make
these applications interoperable among a variety of devices utilizing
different operating systems and microprocessors.

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P3-SERVER

Thales e-Security (formerly Zaxus), a leading worldwide provider of e-Business
security solutions, is set to further expand the capability of its
Personalization Preparation Process (P3) family of systems with the
addition of
P3-Server. Bringing new levels of performance and flexibility to the world of
application data generation for smart cards, the family of P3 products
provides
a cost-effective solution whether personalizing 30 cards per day or 30,000
plus
cards per day.

In future P3-Server users, such as card issuers (financial institutions) and
card personalization providers (independent bureaus), will be able to link
their expenditure to the performance they need. With the virtually unlimited
ability to expand the hardware and software capability as the need grows,
Thales e-Security’s new P3-Server system now offers the flexibility of
scaleable performance.

Ideal for in-line batch processing systems as well as post-issuance
applications, where data is required to be generated and loaded onto cards
dynamically after issuing to cardholders, P3-Server offers a choice of
interfacing methodologies to complement today’s sophisticated smart card
management systems (SCMS). Application independent, P3-Server(R) allows data
for new applications to be generated using the scripts supplied by the
application developers. Thus, no additional software development is necessary
to be able to issue cards containing the new applications.

The P3(R) family as a whole and including P3-Server supports a wide range of
single and multi-application chip cards with the flexibility to offer a range
of different products and solutions to suit a variety of customer needs. P3(R)
is designed to meet the requirements of existing card issuers moving to smart
cards, operators of card personalization systems and systems integrators
requiring smart card data generation capability within their products.
Supporting existing and developing International standards, P3-Server adheres
to the EMV standards for data generation, including EMV style certificates and
data authentication schemes.

Competitively priced, the P3 family of products start at US$ 59,000 and with
P3-Server(R) available in Q3 of this year, Thales e-Security is helping to
make
Smart Cards a reality.
For more information about P3-Server(R) or other security technologies from
Thales e-Security, visit Booth 2033 at the show or log on to
www.thales-esecurity.com.

About Thales e-Security

Thales e-Security (formerly Zaxus, a Thomson Racal company) provides
e-business
security solutions to several thousand customers worldwide. Over half of the
world’s banks, together with the majority of the busiest exchanges, currently
use Thales e-Security technology. Operating in three main markets covering
e-security, card payment and network security, Thales e-Security addresses the
business security needs of corporations and governments alike. For more
than 20
years the company has been at the forefront of security and payment
technology,
co-operating and contributing to set the industry standards used for financial
transactions and e-commerce globally.

About the Thales Group

Thales e-Security is a member of the international Thales Group
(www.thalesgroup.com), formerly Thomson-CSF,
which
has substantial businesses in information technology & services, aerospace and
defense. Global revenues of the Thales Group are some $8 billion. The group
employs 62,000 people worldwide; 50 percent are based outside France,
including
2,400 in North America with a turnover of close to $1 billion.

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P3-Server

Thales e-Security (formerly Zaxus), a leading worldwide provider of e-Business security solutions, is set to further expand the capability of its Personalization Preparation Process family of systems with the addition of P3-Server. Bringing new levels of performance and flexibility to the world of application data generation for smart cards, the family of P3 products provides a cost-effective solution whether personalizing 30 cards per day or 30,000 plus cards per day.

In future P3-Server(R) users, such as card issuers (financial institutions) and card personalization providers (independent bureaus), will be able to link their expenditure to the performance they need. With the virtually unlimited ability to expand the hardware and software capability as the need grows, Thales e-Security’s new P3-Server(R) system now offers the flexibility of scaleable performance.

Ideal for in-line batch processing systems as well as post-issuance applications, where data is required to be generated and loaded onto cards dynamically after issuing to cardholders, P3-Server(R) offers a choice of interfacing methodologies to complement today’s sophisticated smart card management systems (SCMS). Application independent, P3-Server(R) allows data for new applications to be generated using the scripts supplied by the application developers. Thus, no additional software development is necessary to be able to issue cards containing the new applications.

The P3(R) family as a whole and including P3-Server(R) supports a wide range of single and multi-application chip cards with the flexibility to offer a range of different products and solutions to suit a variety of customer needs. P3(R) is designed to meet the requirements of existing card issuers moving to smart cards, operators of card personalization systems and systems integrators requiring smart card data generation capability within their products. Supporting existing and developing International standards, P3-Server(R) adheres to the EMV standards for data generation, including EMV style certificates and data authentication schemes.

Competitively priced, the P3(R) family of products start at US$ 59,000 and with P3-Server(R) available in Q3 of this year, Thales e-Security is helping to make Smart Cards a reality.

For more information about P3-Server(R) or other security technologies from Thales e-Security, visit Booth 2033 at the show or log on to [www.thales-esecurity.com][1].

About Thales e-Security:

Thales e-Security (formerly Zaxus, a Thomson Racal company) provides e-business security solutions to several thousand customers worldwide. Over half of the world’s banks, together with the majority of the busiest exchanges, currently use Thales e-Security technology. Operating in three main markets covering e-security, card payment and network security, Thales e-Security addresses the business security needs of corporations and governments alike. For more than 20 years the company has been at the forefront of security and payment technology, co-operating and contributing to set the industry standards used for financial transactions and e-commerce globally.

About the Thales Group

Thales e-Security is a member of the international Thales Group ([www.thalesgroup.com][2]), formerly Thomson-CSF, which has substantial businesses in information technology & services, aerospace and defense. Global revenues of the Thales Group are some $8 billion. The group employs 62,000 people worldwide; 50 percent are based outside France, including 2,400 in North America with a turnover of close to $1 billion.

[1]: http://www.thales-esecurity.com/
[2]: http://www.thalesgroup.com/

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