MULTOS,Â theÂ secure,Â multi-applicationÂ operating system, has been selected by CableÂ &Â Wireless Hong Kong Telecom SecureNet for the first commercial release of a multi-application smart card in the Asia Pacific region.
C&WÂ HKTÂ SecureNetÂ isÂ a joint venture company between C&W HKT and Australia’s leading Internet security provider SecureNet Limited.
AsÂ partÂ ofÂ aÂ numberÂ ofÂ initiatives developed by Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Telecom and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation to encourageÂ theÂ growthÂ ofÂ e-commerceÂ inÂ Hong Kong, over 50,000 cards will be initiallyÂ issuedÂ throughout the territory.Â The card will include a digital ID certificate,Â e-cash,Â credit/debitÂ andÂ aÂ loyalty program and will run on the smart-card platform MULTOS which is managed by the consortium MAOSCO.
GeoffreyÂ Ross,Â managing director of SecureNet, said:Â “We chose MULTOS because ofÂ its high security standards and multi-functional capabilities. MULTOS allows products (in the form of applications) to be added to and deleted from the card. TheÂ benefitÂ of the pre-loaded applications means the smart card is ready to be usedÂ onceÂ pluggedÂ intoÂ theÂ PCÂ andÂ doesn?tÂ require special software to be installed.”
The smart card will enable consumers to shop online using their credit, debit or electronicÂ cash card without having personal details exposed over the Internet, making e-commerce easier and more secure.
TheÂ cardsÂ willÂ alsoÂ support an Internet-based loyalty program, where loyalty pointsÂ willÂ beÂ accumulatedÂ and stored on an Internet server for customers to purchase and redeem goods online from a number of merchants.
TheÂ cardsÂ useÂ SecureNet’s latest Internet-based and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)Â technologyÂ to underpin Hong Kong’s burgeoning e-commerce industry. It is expectedÂ theÂ facilityÂ willÂ gainÂ inÂ popularityÂ as more and more people use digitalÂ certificatesÂ asÂ aÂ trusted means of identifying, signing and securing their internet and email transmissions.
RossÂ concludes:Â Â ‘The development of a multi-application card on MULTOS offers enormousÂ advantages.Â Â CustomersÂ can choose to buy new applications or discard oldÂ onesÂ andÂ canÂ remotelyÂ loadÂ and delete applications through their PC or public kiosks.’
About MULTOS and MAOSCO
MULTOSÂ isÂ aÂ secure, multi-application smart card platform. It allows products (inÂ theÂ formÂ of applications) to be added to and deleted from the card. Third partyÂ softwareÂ developersÂ can develop their own MULTOS applications, allowing them to tailor design Value Added Services for the card user.Â Such applications includeÂ loyalty,Â ticketing,Â credit,Â debitÂ andÂ electronic purse. MULTOS was launchedÂ inÂ MayÂ 1997Â andÂ hasÂ met a great success in the financial services industry.Â MoreÂ recently, combined with PKI applications, MULTOS has become the basis of a number of world leading e-commerce initiatives.
MAOSCOÂ isÂ aÂ world-wideÂ consortium which was formed to drive the adoption and manageÂ theÂ on-going development of MULTOS as an industry standard platform for smartÂ cards.Â MembersÂ ofÂ theÂ consortiumÂ includeÂ American Express, Discover FinancialÂ Â Services,Â Â DNP,Â Â EuropayÂ International,Â FujitsuÂ (includingÂ its subsidiariesÂ Â ICLÂ Â andÂ Amdahl),Â GieseckeÂ andÂ Devrient,Â Hitachi,Â Infineon TechnologiesÂ (aÂ subsidiaryÂ of Siemens), Keycorp, MasterCard International and MondexÂ Â International,Â MotorolaÂ andÂ Telstra.Â ForÂ furtherÂ informationÂ see [www.multos.com]
About SecureNet Limited SecureNet’sÂ keyÂ business is supplying data security solutions to corporate and governmentÂ organisations,Â includingÂ theÂ bankingÂ andÂ finance sectors.Â With worldwideÂ e-commerceÂ forecastÂ toÂ growÂ byÂ more than 130 per cent per annum, SecureNetÂ seesÂ its role expanding as a forefront provider of Internet security services and equipment.
SecureNetÂ specialisesÂ inÂ the development, design and installation of complete securityÂ Â solutions,Â Â addressingÂ Â theÂ Â Internet,Â remoteÂ banking,Â VPNÂ and data-criticalÂ Â applications.Â Â Â AnÂ Â industryÂ specialistÂ inÂ smartcard,Â PKI, firewalls,Â secureÂ paymentsÂ andÂ securityÂ consultancy, SecureNet has become a trustedÂ nameÂ inÂ integrated high-technology security products and services. It alsoÂ providesÂ consultancyÂ andÂ custom design and solution services for a wide range of IT applications. Web Site: [http://www.securenet.com.au]