Three leaders in the smart card industry, Gemplus, Oberthur Card Systems and Schlumberger revealed this week that they have been working together in collaboration with Sun Microsystems to develop completely interoperable SIM cards based on the Java Card technology 2.1 specifications.
! Since its inception, the Java platform has been adopted across the technology industry faster than any other new technology in history. Due to its flexibility, security, ease and increased speed of development, Java technology has been adopted as a leading open standard for the smart card industry particularly within the mobile communications sphere.
! Java Card technology 2.1 is a readily available open platform card on the market today. Differences in SIM card implementations by the various hardware and software providers resulted in the need for common work between SIM card suppliers to realize complete interoperability.
Based upon the recent ETSI and Sun Microsystems specifications, Gemplus, Oberthur and Schlumberger have worked closely to reach a standard implementation for Java Card technology 2.1 on SIM cards, thereby realizing complete interoperability across all Java technology based cards produced for the wireless industry. A common standard based on Java Card technology 2.1 provides complete interoperability, while still allowing developers to provide operator-specific solutions.
Mobile operators need fully compliant and interoperable SIM cards based upon the Java Card technology 2.1. In a direct response to this the three most advanced Java Card technology 2.1 suppliers to the GSM market: Gemplus, Oberthur and Schlumberger took the lead to achieve this with the intention that the common work will be made available to the SIMalliance1.
This co-operation by Gemplus, Oberthur and Schlumberger in collaboration with Sun Microsystems ensures that operators can experience the benefits of Java technology’s Write Once, Run Anywhere(tm) promise.
Interoperability between cards from all three manufacturers is being demonstrated on Sun’s booths # D2, D4 & D6 in Hall 1, Gemplus’ booth #C49, Oberthur’s booth # E5-E7 and Schlumberger’s booth # A19.
“We view Java Card technology as a leading open technology for SIM Cards and expect tremendous growth in this segment in the coming years” comments Gemplus’ Michel Canitrot, Vice-President, GSM & Public Telephony, “Complete interoperability is a crucial goal to achieve and now the hard work has been carried out, our customers can roll out bigger, better services in record time. In turn, this strengthens the position of the SIM Card as the preferred platform for mobile services.”
“With the deployment of new technologies, mobile operators are searching to maximize on their heavy investments and launch a host of value-added services to gain competitive advantage, with this in mind the issue of interoperability becomes paramount, ” explains Stephane Mousse, Head of Marketing for Mobile Communications at Oberthur Card Systems. “For a long time, the smart card industry has sought after complete interoperability, this move to work together to reach a common interpretation of existing standards is the start of the dream becoming reality for both existing and new generation networks.”
“Schlumberger is pleased to demonstrate true interoperability of Java SIM cards, which is the result of our continuous efforts to make our vision of open operating systems for smart cards a reality” comments Xavier Chanay, Vice President Mobile Communications, Smart Cards Products at Schlumberger. “Mobile operators now have an open and secure SIM platform to deliver new services quicker, at a time when the data channel is contributing more and more to their profitability.”
Gemplus ([www.gemplus.com]) is the world’s number one provider of smart card based solutions for security, wireless and e-business applications. Offering consulting services, design, software, hardware, personalization and full implementation, Gemplus works with its customers around the world to deliver comprehensive, integrated and tailor-made smart card based systems.
The Group’s customers use Gemplus memory and microprocessor smart cards, smart contactless cards, electronic tags, smart objects and magnetic stripe cards to simplify and secure a wide range of applications. From Web based and mobile commerce to financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education healthcare, identity, pay TV and physical and logical access control, Gemplus provides intelligent end-to-end solutions that bring security, convenience and ease-of-use to millions of people worldwide.
Founded in 1988, Gemplus had sales of over 767 millions of Euro ($US 817 millions) in 1999, and employs almost 6,300 people in 17 manufacturing facilities, 7 R&D centers and 44 sales and marketing offices located in more than 37 countries.