Gemplus Group announced the introduction of the GTV100, a smart card-based TV signal-processing module. The GTV100, a smart card interface integrated into an industry standard PC Card, extends and upgrades the capabilities of a digital set-top box decoder, enabling new functions such as conditional access, electronic program guides, interactive applications, and electronic commerce solutions.
Simultaneously, the company announced the shipment of 90,000 Gemplus GTV100 modules to Nagravision, a division of the Swiss company, Kudelski S.A. Nagravision will provide the modules to Via Digital, a Spanish digital pay-TV service provider with more than 77 video channels and 200,000 subscribers. Via Digital will use GTV100 in a conditional access application in which the smart card-based modules will be incorporated into set-top box decoders. This will enable Via Digital to simply, remotely and securely manage conditional access and offer subscribers a broad range of pay-TV services.
Conditional Access Systems
Incorporating the Gemplus GTV100 into their set-top box decoders will enable companies like Via Digital to download and upgrade the operating system and applications via a satellite network in a matter of seconds. This functionality will save pay-TV companies time and money because these changes can be made online rather than by personnel that have to be sent to the site or by replacing existing hardware. Subscribers ultimately benefit by having the flexibility to dynamically upgrade or change their pay-TV services at their leisure.
The GTV100 can also reduce the significant cost of fraud by introducing multiple layers of security that prevent “hackers” from altering access privileges. This level of security is possible because security routines are maintained both in the smart card and in the module, and can be easily tracked and updated via satellite.
The GTV100 also enables the incorporation of electronic program guides and interactive applications that allow differentiation by means of this compact plug-in device instead of through the set-top box decoder itself.
Electronic commerce-based home shopping and payment systems can also be a reality. Coupled with debit, credit or electronic purse card, and the necessary application, the addition of a GTV100 could potentially transform a set-top box into a personal payment or banking system.
About the GTV100
Based on a powerful 32-bit RISC processor, the GTV100 contains a DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) standard descrambler and a standardized smart card interface. The GTV100 configuration includes as much as 512kb of FLASH memory and 512kb of RAM, and enables maximum flexibility to the operator with its unique software download capability.
The Gemplus GTV100 has an advanced hardware and operating system that can support various smart card-based conditional access systems, and is fully compliant with the DVB-CI standard.
The DVB Common Interface
The DVB-CI standard, specified by the DVB consortium, defines a common interface between set-top boxes and the conditional access module that is implemented as an independent component. This unique architecture brings openness to decoders and allows different conditional access systems to be supported by the same set-top box.
Gemplus has been very active in the definition of the DVB-CI standard and has lead the industry in delivering the most advanced smart card-based solutions available to both analog and digital pay-TV systems. With more than 12 million smart cards delivered to the major conditional access suppliers and pay-TV operators around the world, Gemplus has extensive experience in this market and understands the needs and requirements well, especially where customer security and quality are concerned.
Gemplus Corporation is the North American subsidiary of Gemplus S.C.A. (), the world’s leading provider of plastic and smart card-based solutions. 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 US$574 million in 1997, Gemplus employs more than 3,500 people in nine manufacturing facilities, four 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, access control, pay TV, electronic commerce, Internet security, and information technology.Details