ActivCard, a world leader in the provisioning of digital identity and electronic certification technology for e-business communications and transactions, announced a partnership with Oberthur Card Systems. The partnership will bring together Oberthur’s expertise in the field of advanced smart card e-business technology and ActivCard’s proven excellence in the development of digital identity software and management tools to develop a range of secure, integrated transaction solutions for e-business and e-commerce.
By linking the complementary technologies that Oberthur and ActivCard offer, the partners are able to offer clients an open platform smart card based high security solution incorporating ActivCard’s and Oberthur’s smart card management solutions to offer superior identity verification, password generation and authentication procedures.
Marc Bertin, Director of e-business for OCS said, “Oberthur works with a diverse portfolio of partners across the globe and we are delighted that we can now expand this portfolio by working with ActivCard. As our products complement each other it is a great opportunity to bring together our individual expertise in the fields of smart card and e-security technology, to provide secure and integrated transaction solutions for our corporate clients.”
The first project linking Oberthur and ActivCard is the delivery of a secure business-to-business on-line trading environment developed around the Identrus solution, the world’s first global public key cryptography infrastructure providing cast iron security for corporate customers trading over the internet. Using the Identrus infrastructure corporations can positively identify one another through their financial institutions ensuring their communications are secure and create an indisputable record of their transactions. This highly superior security infrastructure is reliant on the integration and co-operation of Oberthur’s superior smart card technology and ActivCard’s advanced client software.
“In the e-business and e-commerce marketplace fraud is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Oberthur and ActivCard are delivering ‘confidence’ to on-line business environments,” commented Tom Arthur, Senior Vice President of worldwide sales and business development. “Our partnership brings tight integration to the design and implementation of solutions that offer greater ease-of-use, a higher level of security and reduced total cost of operations. Pooling our resources is accelerating the delivery of solutions that deliver businesses the ‘confidence’ to perform high-value communications and transactions online as they expand their e-business and e-commerce systems.”
ActivCard, a leader in digital identity and electronic certification technology, delivers core components required to enable next generation e-Business communication and transactions. The ActivCard technology suite offers the ease-of-use of an ATM transaction with a security level better than face-to-face meeting, ActivCard solutions, in conjunction with the applications support for public key based data confidentiality and integrity, allow individuals and businesses to perform secure online transactions over the Internet. Today, more than 1.5 million people use ActivCard products for secure Internet banking, Web access remote access to corporate networks. ActivCard is headquartered in Fremont, California, with worldwide operations in France, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Singapore.
About Oberthur Card Systems
Formed in October 1999, from the merger of industry leaders Oberthur Smart Cards and De La Rue Card Systems, Oberthur Card Systems (OCS) is a company with an enviable heritage that is focused firmly on the future. With a portfolio that ranges from magnetic stripe cards to the most advanced smart card based solutions for banking, telecoms, transport and commerce, OCS already has a strong business foundation. It is the world’s #1 supplier of VISA and MasterCard cards, and a global leader in the development and delivery of electronic and mobile commerce solutions. It is also the #1 global supplier of Pay-TV smart cards. Committed to open standards, the company supports Java Card, the Visa Open Platform, MULTOS and Microsoft Windows Card. With an annual turnover of FF 2.5 billion in 1999, OCS has an established international base of 3000 employees located around the globe. The new company is majority owned by Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire, which is the largest instant lottery producer and one of the top security printers of bank notes, cheques, passports and identity cards world-wide.Details