Nokia’s Research Centre is testing a new smart card application which implements an existing remote banking security solution in a new way. Based on the new Java-compatible Cyberflex smart card from Schlumberger, the application handles a combination of one-time and fixed passwords. This technique is already used by a number of banks for their remote banking services. The smart card implementation makes the security technique easier and more secure to use.
“Cyberflex is very attractive because it opens up many development possibilities” says Martti Granberg, Senior Consultant, Nokia Research Center. “We like the idea of a smart card compatible with Java, as the ability to dynamically download applications is extremely interesting. Cyberflex is a strong platform for the development of telecommunications security applications such as user authentication, data integrity and data confidentiality, and is also good for implementing multi-functional cards, such as one combining payment and loyalty schemes for example.”
Schlumberger’s Cyberflex product provides an interoperable Java platform for smart card applications. Thanks to the interpreted nature of the Java language, applications can now be written and trialled in a matter of days, eliminating the mask creation cycle required for conventional smart card projects. This approach makes smart cards much more like conventional computers, allowing them to run Java Card-compliant application, and adapt to meet the needs of card users. Applications can also be added or removed from Cyberflex cards after they are manufactured, bringing much lower costs for support and new product roll-out.
The Java Card security test application has been developed by the Nokia Research Center in Helsinki, Finland. This is one of the world’s leading centres for communications technologies and systems concept research, and it interacts closely with Nokia business units worldwide. Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is a leader in digital technologies including mobile phones, cellular and fixed telecommunications networks, wireless data solutions and multimedia terminals. With sales in approximately 130 countries, net sales totalled FIM 39.3 billion ($8.5 billion) in 1996. Nokia employs more than 34,000 people in 45 countries. Nokia’s shares are listed in Helsinki, New York, London, Stockholm, Frankfurt and Paris.Details