The OpenCard Consortium announced last week that OCF for Embedded Devices Specification 1.2 and OCF Version 1.2, will be available in early-January of 2000. OCF 1.2 will offer Terminal locking, Application Management, Internal and External Authentication, and Java(TM) Card support. The OpenCard Consortium will open its process for suggesting improvements and extensions to OCF to the public at that time.
Smart Card Application Development Using Java is the title of the newly published book about OpenCard Framework which provides a guide for the rapid development of smart card applications using Java and the OpenCard Framework. This book provides an overview about smart cards and how they work and demonstrates how to develop applications that use smart cards. Various examples, ranging from simple to complex are also provided to show how smart cards can be integrated into on-line brokerage or on-line payment solutions. A smart card is included with the book to provide real hands-on experience.
OpenCard Consortium was formed last year as an industry work group to address the interoperability of smart cards and computing devices. OpenCard Framework (OCF), developed by the OCC, is an open standard for smart card access in smart card acceptance devices. OCF provides an architecture and a set of APIs that enable application developers and service providers to build and deploy smart card-based solutions in any OpenCard-compliant environment.
Membership in the Consortium is open to any corporation, partnership, governmental body, or organization who is interested in working towards achieving interoperability of smart cards and computing devices. The list of current members and additional information on the OpenCard Consortium and OCF are available on the world wide web at [www.opencard.org].