Gemplus announced its cooperation with Symantec, the world’s leading Java software vendor, in the development of the latest version of GemXplore CASE, an industry-leading wireless telecommunications software development environment.
Gemplus, the world’s leading provider of smart card solutions, will launch GemXplore CASE 2.0 and its exclusive Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) development plug-ins Object Designer and Advanced Development Tools. By leveraging Symantec’s VisualCafe 3.0 Professional Edition in its Object Designer plug-in, Gemplus offers millions of Java developers worldwide the ability to design and develop Java Card applets for SIM cards in a familiar and complete environment.
Tremendous Opportunity for Telecom Operators and Developers
Symantec’s VisualCafe is used by 50% of Java developer’s, totaling more than 900,000 registered users. Until now, developers could design powerful Java applets and applications for use in several different industries, in particular IT. “Now, developers can design Java Card applets using a similar syntax and a familiar tool that can be downloaded onto SIM cards and used to create value added services for the GSM market, an industry which will represent a total of 250 million users by the end of 1999,” said Philippe Martineau, director of wireless communications marketing product group, Gemplus.
“After viewing GemXplore CASE 2.0 at the Gemplus Developers Conference in June, we were very impressed by the convenience of using VisualCafe 3.0 with GemXplore CASE — and it makes SIM Toolkit applet development for Java Card SIMs so easy, ” said Federico Benincasa, Internet tools business development manager, Symantec France. “We are pleased that Gemplus has integrated our software and expect our customers will be able to successfully address the booming GSM market with this comprehensive tool. We are confident that this tool will contribute to the widespread use of Java Card in the GSM industry.”
GemXplore CASE is a SIM card development tool designed for value added service application developments onto GemXplore 98 SIM cards or GemXplore Xpresso SIM cards. With over 60% market share of the SIM-based service development kits, GemXplore CASE is the world’s leading SIM development environment.
The enhancements of GemXplore CASE 2.0 include improved software modules to ease SIM Toolkit applet and Over-The-Air service development and two new plug-ins including Advanced Development Tools and Object Designer. The Advanced Development Tools plug-in offers sophisticated simulation and debugging tools and a network and a handset simulator for SIM Toolkit and Over-The-Air application testing, thus increasing the productivity of SIM card developers. Object Designer is the first Java Card SIM Toolkit applet development tool that fully integrates Symantec’s VisualCafe and is also compatible with other Java development software.
With GemXplore CASE Object Designer and the integration of Symantec’s VisualCafe, Gemplus offers GSM operators and developers the right tools to develop Java Card applets and also provides the powerful GemXplore ‘Xpresso, the Java Card 2.1 SIM card, to run them on. It supports the ETSI GSM API 1.0 and offers a 32K byte component which ensures the full capabilities of the Java Card.
GemXplore CASE 2.0 has incorporated feedback from hundreds of developers worldwide and offers exclusive tools to make value added service applet development and testing easy and efficient. GemXplore CASE 2.0 uses the same modular architecture as its predecessor and now offers an enhanced development environment which leverages the latest GSM technology.
GemXplore CASE 2.0 and GemXplore ‘Xpresso SIM cards are currently available.
Symantec’s Internet Tools Division
The Symantec Internet Tools Division pioneered the Java development tools market by delivering the first integrated development environment (IDE) for Java in March 1996 and has been the No. 1 selling Java application environment for three years running. Symantec continues a tradition of innovation that distinguishes VisualCafe as the market share leader in Java(TM) development technology. Symantec’s suite of Java development tools includes VisualCafe Enterprise Suite with distributed debugging and Single-View technology, VisualCafe Database Edition, VisualCafe Professional Edition, VisualCafe Standard Edition and Visual Page. Symantec announced June 10 that it will establish the Internet Tools Division as an independent company focusing on providing solutions for e-commerce and technology for Web-enabling business systems and legacy applications. See entire press release at [www.visualcafe.com].
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing. Symantec products and solutions help make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. Symantec is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC. More information on the company and its products can be obtained at [www.symantec.com].
Gemplus S.C.A. ([www.gemplus.com]) is the world’s leading provider of plastic and smart card-based solutions (by units sold, source: Dataquest 1998). Gemplus sells magnetic stripe cards, memory and microprocessor-based smart cards, smart contactless cards, electronic tags and smart objects. The company designs and markets software, development tools and readers. Gemplus also provides consulting, training and personalization services to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive and flexible card-based solutions to its developers, distributors, partners, and customers.
With sales of over $US648 million in 1998, Gemplus employs more than 4,300 people in 10 manufacturing facilities, 5 R&D centers and 41 sales and marketing offices located in 27 countries around the world. Founded in 1988, Gemplus has successfully implemented portable and secure smart card-based solutions to simplify applications such as public and wireless communications, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation, education, healthcare, identity, physical access control, pay TV, electronic commerce, Internet security, logical access control and information technology.