Java-enabled cards top 750m units

Friday 26 November 2004 11:27 CET | News

Sun Microsystems Java Card technology platform has reached a milestone of 750 million deployments, up from the 400 million card milestone achieved in 2003, a growth of almost 100% in one year.

Java Card technology is the premier platform for supporting dynamic, secure smart cards across a variety of markets, including mobile telephony, financial services, government, healthcare and enterprise ID. In the mobile data services market, which is emerging strongly in SA, new content and services based on the Java platform has brought 2.5 and 3G networks to life. Furthermore, major banks and credit card companies around the world such as Visa, American Express and MasterCard have introduced EMV Java Card technology-based smart cards to combat fraud. EMV is a smart card standard that was created in 1996 by Europay, MasterCard and Visa, providing worldwide interoperability and security. A small, contactless chip enabled by Java technology can securely store data including the passport holders name, place of birth and biometric data such as iris scan, fingerprints and photos. Sun is presently demonstrating a new enterprise security product, Java Card Enterprise Software, which allows interoperability of the Java Card technology platform with different computing environments.

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