Schlumberger Test & Transactions, a business segment of Schlumberger Limited, announced that the Department of Defense will use its Java-based Cyberflex Access smart cards in the Defense Manpower Data Center’s Common Access Card program. The $4.5 million contract was awarded to Electronic Data Systems Corporation and calls for the delivery of 600,000 smart cards, which will be rolled out to 900 sites in 2001.
The DoD will utilize the highly secure, multiple application cards for physical identification, building access and network access in a multi-tiered program that will be rolled out throughout the DoD over the next few years. The cards, which incorporate PKI (public key infrastructure) and digital signature technology, serve as highly portable, secure tokens for enhancing the security of network access and ensuring secure electronic communications. The secure, multi-application, Java programmable smart cards can be configured to provide additional complex services beyond the PKI application by loading applets that meet the specific needs of card usage.
“The DoD has taken a leadership role in leveraging the benefits of smart cards, which enable secure, standards-based applications and interoperability across a wide range of functions,” said Mary Dixon, director, Access Card Office, DoD. “Since initial pilots in 1992, smart cards have proven to be a valuable, cost effective tool, and enhance our mission and quality of life. Our Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System has already been tested and is operational in several locations. Additionally, the DoD will issue smart cards in 900 DoD locations worldwide by the end of 2002.”
EDS (NYSE:EDS), a recognized global leader in providing e-business and information technology services, has been awarded the lead contract and selected Schlumberger to provide its smart card expertise. “This contract is a further step in transforming the government into e-government,” said Al Edmonds, President of EDS Federal. “This is the first significant use of smart card technology at the federal level. Smart cards enhance the security of government facilities and systems on a worldwide basis and support many important applications, such as electronic signature, training certification and e-commerce.”
In addition to EDS and Schlumberger, ActivCard (Nasdaq:ACTI / Easdaq: ACTI) is providing the applets and additional application software used with the EDS-developed card issuing stations in the DoD program.
The Cyberflex Access smart card is part of a range of highly secure, Java-based smart cards for physical and logical access, e-transactions and other applications. Cards are just one of the many components in the Schlumberger portfolio of smart card-based total solutions for government agencies, mobile communication operators, banks/financial institutions and other customers. The total Schlumberger smart card-based offering includes cards, readers, terminals, software, servers, applications development, integration and other services.
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].
EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation and hosting for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the world’s best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their customers’ trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world’s leading companies and governments in 55 countries. EDS reported revenues of $19.2 billion in 2000. The company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:EDS) and the London Stock Exchange. Learn more at [www.eds.com].