The “MULTOS Step/One” specifications are now ready for implementation. The specifications consist of two parts; an on-card specification defining application establishment, the API and security targets; an off-card element defining key generation and management processes, load and delete protocols and certificate formats. “MULTOS Step/One” exploits much of the security, flexibility and software interoperability of the original MULTOS platform, and affords issuers better choice and control by allowing them to individually manage vendors across the supply chain Ã from operating system implementers to card personalization bureau. First silicon is expected in the first half of 2004.
ORGA Card Systems has released Version 2.0 of its ORGA “Java Card Applet
Manager.” The “OJAM” software tool simplifies the management of Java Card
applets and supports all Java SIM cards with specifications based on
international standards from Sun Microsystems, Global Platform and 3GPP.
“OJAM” provides on-card functionality, for which a 3GPP TS 23.048
compatible Java SIM card is read out with the help of a smart card reader,
as well as off-card functionality, for which neither a card nor a card
reader is needed. ORGA Card Systems, Inc. is the North American subsidiary
of ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH.
Giesecke & Devrient and De La Rue announced Thursday they will join and support MAOSCO, an international consortium of companies leading the drive for the adoption of ‘MULTOS’ as the industry standard platform for multi-application smart cards. De La Rue said yesterday it intends to manufacture a ‘MULTOS’ based UKIS debit/credit card this year.