MULTOS Releases an On-Card and Off-Card Specification

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 Ð from operating system implementers to card personalization bureau. First silicon is expected in the first half of 2004.

OJAM 2.0

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.

JCRMI

Gemplus International S.A. the world’s leading provider of smart card-enabled solutions, announced that its labs have developed, in concert with Java Card Forum, Java Card Remote Method Invocation (JCRMI), a technology that will help to speed the design and adoption of multiple application smart cards worldwide. Most multiple application smart cards today are based on the Java Card platform, opening up the world of smart cards to a creative pool of approximately 2.3 million Java application developers. Java Card technology ensures that the smart card applets are interoperable at execution level, but it does not cover the exchanges between the smart card and the terminal. The message format used to transport communication between the smart card and the terminal, APDU (Application Protocol Data Unit), is a complicated language often not understood by programmers outside of the smart card industry.

Hence, it forces programmers into a time-consuming process of writing cumbersome code. JCRMI greatly increases the productivity of all developers working on Java Card applications, allowing the programmer to develop distributed applications quickly and easily. It provides a model to manage the relationship of Java applications interacting between different machines and frees developers from having to manage low-level exchanges, significantly reducing major design, programming and testing difficulties. Off-card programmers no longer need to have extensive smart card expertise to develop smart card applications. JCRMI framework allows programmers to ignore the APDU message-passing mechanism in order to focus on interfaces with Java Card applets. Because the Java Card 2.1 RMI is a strict subset of the Java Standard Edition RMI framework, it provides a familiar development methodology, and facilitates the integration of Java Card applets into information systems. JCRMI gives off-card programmers many advantages, including object-oriented methodology, reliable deployment and better integration into global systems.

What Java Card RMI Means for Off-Card Programmers

Off-card programmers no longer need to have extensive smart card expertise to develop smart card applications. JCRMI framework allows programmers to ignore the APDU message-passing mechanism in order to focus on interfaces with Java Card applets. Because the Java Card 2.1 RMI is a strict subset of the Java Standard Edition RMI framework, it provides a familiar development methodology, and facilitates the integration of Java Card applets into information systems. JCRMI gives off-card programmers many advantages, including object-oriented methodology, reliable deployment, and better integration into global systems.

What Java Card RMI Means for Application Providers

Application providers will also benefit from JCRMI, since today’s Java platforms have largely implemented RMI, making the deployment of distributed applications easier and faster. The reliability associated with JCRMI will actually reduce network problems and thus boost confidence that an application has been properly executed. Today, Java Card technology is deployed by governments, banks, retailers and mobile phone operators around the world. With strong support of Java Card technology, Gemplus Labs started developing JCRMI more than three years ago, when RMI was present in mainstream Java technology, but absent from Java Card technology. Today Gemplus and the Java Card Forum are working together to enhance the initial successful implementation for distribution to Java Card licensees. “Gemplus’ success with JCRMI was driven by two key visions: the evolution of Java Card technology to resemble mainstream Java technology, allowing many more developers to write applications for smart cards and to enhance the message dialog that is essential between applets in the world of smart cards, mobile devices and networked systems,” said Tony Engberg, Chief Technology Officer and Pierre Paradinas, Software Labs Director at Gemplus. For more information, please visit the Gemplus booth #726 at the JavaOne 2002 Developers Conference.

About Gemplus GEMPLUS: the world’s leading provider of smart card solutions. Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable, personalized solutions that bring security and convenience to people’s lives. These include mobile Internet access, inter-operable banking facilities, e-commerce and a wealth of other applications. Gemplus is the only completely dedicated, truly global player in the Smart Card industry, with the largest R&D team, unrivalled experience, and an outstanding track record of technological innovation. In 2001, Gemplus was the world number one in smart card shipments according to Gartner-Dataquest, IDC, Frost and Sullivan, Datamonitor and The Nilson Report. Gemplus trades its shares on Euronext Paris S.A. First Market and on the NASDAQ Stock Market as GEMP in the form of ADSs. Its revenue in 2001 was 1.0 billion Euros. Gemplus: Beyond Smart http://www.gemplus.com.

MULTOS Endorsements

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.