Bull is demonstrating electronic purse and loyalty applications using its new Odyssey smart card at the JavaOne conference underway in San Francisco. The applications are based on the Java Card 2.0 API (application programming interface).
Bull introduced the Odyssey smart card range last month as further evidence of its ongoing principle of bringing products to market that embody a long term vision, address realistic criteria and reflect market needs. Bull’s Odyssey range of Java cards is based on the specifications of the Java(TM) Card Forum, currently presided over by Bull, and on the concepts developed in the European MASSC (Multi-Application Secure Smart Card) project. The Odyssey range is the most effective combination in terms of security, performance and price to date.
“Citibank is an enthusiastic supporter of Java Card and multi-application smart cards,” said Henry Lichstein, vice president in Citibank’s Advanced Development Group. “We are pleased that Bull is taking an active role in providing tools to facilitate the rapid deployment of Java Card-based applications. The availability of Odyssey confirms our confidence in the viability of Java Card’s open platform to support industry efforts to develop multiple application smart cards.”
“‘Odyssey 1’ is the first stage of Bull’s ongoing work to develop a Java smart card platform, incorporating Bull’s 20 years of expertise in developing optimized secure smart card operating systems, in order to give the most advanced solution to its customers,” said Gerald Hubbard, VP of marketing for Bull’s Smart Card & Terminals Division in the U.S. “Odyssey I complies with the Java Card API 2.0 specifications, defined by the Java Card Forum. In addition, the card’s Java Virtual Machine is one of the most powerful on the market, allowing us to use a less expensive microprocessor while at the same time improving transaction processing performance by several orders of magnitude.”
As a leading provider of secure smart card systems, Bull has designed the Odyssey card to combine openness and the latest security concepts. Odyssey controls access to partitioned memory zones, enabling it to separate applications efficiently. Its applet loader enables signed, encrypted applications to be downloaded on to the card, guaranteeing the highest levels of confidentiality and integrity. At the same time, Odyssey enables both symmetrical and asymmetrical cryptographic functions.
About Bull’s Smart Card & Terminals Division
With more than 200 million card customers worldwide, Bull Smart Cards & Terminals division is the industry leader in secure smart card solutions for financial transactions. Every card manufacturer in the world has signed a license with Bull. All microprocessor smart cards throughout the world use Bull technology, and roughly half of these use either an operating system or application developed by Bull. Bull is the leader in banking, where more than 60 percent of the smart cards use a Bull operating system. Bull has supplied 27 million electronic purse smart cards in 10 countries.
Bull develops and offers a range of products, including: contact/contactless smart cards, secure card operating systems, turnkey payment cards and electronic purse systems, automated teller machines (ATMs), electronic cash dispensers, POS terminals and software. Services include full technical and applications consulting, training and customer service support. More information is available at: .
With a presence in more than 85 countries, more than 21,000 employees and combined revenues of more than $4.2 billion in 1997, Bull offers a wide range of systems, infrastructure software and IT services through focused innovation, alliances with the best partners and its own integration expertise. Based in France, the company’s worldwide software division and its North/South America operations are headquartered in Billerica, Mass. The company’s Web address is http://www.bull.com and, in the U.S., .
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