Oberthur Smart Cards USA, one of the world’s leading card manufacturers and technology solution providers of credit cards and smart cards for banking, loyalty, GSM, health, e-commerce, identity and other applications, announced that it is hosting the inaugural U.S. training session on its HOST OPEN Architecture Multi-Application Operating System for Smart Cards.
HOST is a highly secure yet OPEN multi-application development platform that provides a virtual machine with a high-level intuitive language specifically adapted for smart cards. Unlike Java, the HOST solution generates compact code that provides very fast response time.
Developers can generate their applications and securely load them directly into the E2PROM on the smart card. HOST applications utilizing ISO, EN, EMV and B0 standards are already in use all around the world.
The invitees to this initial training session are some of the various companies with whom Oberthur Smart Cards USA is negotiating strategic alliances in order to offer complete solutions to its customers. They are mainly software developers, system integrators and technology-driven corporations. As of Tuesday, there were 19 participants representing 12 companies from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia.
“We believe our partners will find significant benefits in using HOST to develop their smart card applications,” said David Mooney, vice president of the Advanced Technology Group.
“Companies who develop smart card applications have been looking for an OPEN platform that provides the flexibility to securely handle multiple applications on the same card. HOST gives them this flexibility, making it the ideal smart card development platform.”
“Oberthur’s strategy is to partner with application developers and system integrators to provide its customers with comprehensive outsourcing capabilities,” said Philippe Tartavull, chief operating officer.
“We offer a complete range of card management solutions encompassing card design, development of masks and applications, manufacturing of micro-modules, embedding, production, inventory management and personalization. We are a full-service provider.”
About Oberthur Smart Cards
Oberthur Smart Cards USA, the card division of the Francois Charles Oberthur Group (one of the world’s leaders in security printing) manufactures and personalizes magnetic stripe and smart cards in three production centers located in Europe and the United States.
Oberthur Smart Cards has completed the move into its new 106,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Los Angeles with the capacity of producing more than 200 million cards annually.
Oberthur Smart Cards has produced and provided more transaction microprocessor smart cards than all other manufacturers combined. Oberthur is providing cards for 50 percent of the French debit/credit market, 20 percent of the telephone cards for Mexico and France, 40 percent of the French microprocessor-based health cards, and has provided more than 90 percent of the Proton cards sold to date.
With sales offices on nearly every continent and representatives in every country of the world, the Francois Charles Oberthur Group is asserting its presence in Europe, the Middle East, America, Canada, Latin America, South America, Australia and the Asia-Pacific.Details