Aladdin Knowledge Systems Ltd., a global leader in information security and licensing, today announced the availability of the new generation ASE II – Aladdin Smartcard Environment. ASE is fully compliant with the PC/SC standard, which provides a uniform model for interfacing smart card readers and cards with PCs, and has been approved by Microsoft as a PC/SC Partner.
“We are excited that Aladdin Knowledge Systems is delivering the ASE II Kit for smart card development,” said Microsoft’s Edmund Muth, Group Product Manager for Windows NT Server and Infrastructure Products’ Marketing. “Windows smart card developers will benefit from the comprehensive and easy development environment provided by this toolkit.” Aladdin’s ASE II is listed as a Microsoft PC/SC Partner at [www.microsoft.com/smartcard].
With its industry-leading smart card reader, and full compliance with the PC/SC standard created by Microsoft, HP and Bull and others, ASE continues to be the number one provider of rapid PC-based smart card development tools.
Aladdin VP of Smart Card Products, Dov Sharon confirmed the company’s commitment to maintaining ASE II’s leadership in this market: “Internet growth is fueling a huge demand for security solutions because of the boom in electronic commerce. The latest research from Jupiter Communication shows that by the year 2000, 26% of Internet transactions will be done with smart cards.” He continued: “There are a host of other applications already in use for smart cards, and to exploit this market, developers need a single, easy-to-use and comprehensive tool kit. In developing ASE as the ‘Smart Card Solution in a Box’ Aladdin fully meets this demand, and we are delighted with Microsoft’s recognition of the excellence of our product.”
Aladdin’s ASE II will be useful for designers of virtually all kinds of Internet-based commerce. Successful applications developed and deployed with the first generation of ASE products include Access Control, Prepayment Vending Systems Authentication, Digital Signature, Health Care and Software Distribution. Further details of such applications can be seen on Aladdin’s Web site.
The key components of ASE II are:
–ASEDrive Pro, the most versatile smart card drive on the market with highly secure architecture supporting industry standards, internal and external connection interfaces and various power options. Other new features include support for additional memory card protocols, optional real-time clock for time signatures, and a new ergonomic design.
–ASESoft, the smart software environment is PC/SC compliant. ASESoft offers same host multi-drive and multi-application support, asynchronous tracking of reader/drive events, a comprehensive library of administrative, diagnostic and script tools as well as card editing utilities. ASESoft is designed so that even a relatively inexperienced programmer can easily develop applications and bring them rapidly to the market.
–ASECards include memory, protected memory, CPU and Crypto cards, all of which can be accessed via a single base Application Programming Interface (API). This facilitates the easy integration of various card types into user applications.
Aladdin Knowledge Systems is a global leader in secure software licensing, distribution and management. Aladdin develops, manufactures and markets software security, license management and smart card systems. Aladdin’s products include the HASP(R) and Hardlock(R) hardware/software platforms, which manage and monitor software licensing and prevent unauthorized use of computer programs; and ASE(R) – The Aladdin Smartcard Environment – a suite of smart card application development tools for integrating smart cards with PCs.
Aladdin is an ISO 9002 accredited company with headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, with 5 international offices and distributors in more than 40 countries, serving over 20,000 clients worldwide. For more information, visit the Aladdin home page at .
HASP, Hardlock, and ASE are registered trademarks, and Privilege is a trademark, of Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Ltd. All other product and/or company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.