Bull announces Smart Builder and Crypto Builder, two development tools that will enable personal computer users to create their own custom smart card applications in a Microsoft Windows environment. Included in the tool-box are examples which make it easy for users to build and validate their own scenarios.
With its “cryptographic” cards, Crypto Builder can be used to develop applications requiring the highest level of security. This is because the TB Crypto smart card that will embody the application provides strong security mechanisms protecting the card holder’s identity.
For example, with Smart Builder and Crypto Builder, value-added resellers or company departments can develop applications dedicated to:
— Identification — the smart card secures access to Internet, Intranet, Extranet and protects information that is considered sensitive — Transportation — the card stores information such as ticket type, date of validity and destination — Education — the smart card protects course content in remote learning environments. — Secured use of Microsoft’s Outlook Express(tm) and Internet Explorer 4.0(tm) software — the card implements a digital signature capability to ensure the integrity and non-repudiation of messages.
Easy to install, Smart Builder and Crypto Builder each come in a box containing two plug and play smart card readers running in the Microsoft 95, 98 and NT5 environments. Smart Builder and Crypto Builder comply with specifications developed by the Personal Computer/Smart Card (PC/SC) consortium, of which Bull is a founding member.
Smart Builder includes two SmarTLP3 “plug and play” card readers, ten TB cards (seven pre-customized and three customized cards), a Secure Access Module (SAM), a CD-ROM containing the documentation and development tools. Recommended retail price for Smart Builder is 4,000 FF
Crypto Builder includes two SmarTLP3 “plug and play” card readers, five customized TB Crypto cards, a Secure Access Module (SAM), a CD-ROM containing the documentation and development tools. The TB Crypto card can contain personal information, public and private access codes and two X.509 or higher certificates. Recommended retail price for Crypto Builder is 4,800 FF
Bull: Founding Member of PC/SC Consortium
The PC/SC Consortium was set up in May 1996 in partnership with the biggest suppliers to the micro-computing and smart cards market, including Bull. The group’s main aim was to develop specifications to solve problems of interoperability. In December 1997, version 1.0 of these specifications was published. As its name suggests, the PC/SC specification provides a non-proprietary interface through which a PC-based application can communicate with card readers and smart cards.
About Bull Smart Cards & Terminals
Bull Smart Cards & Terminals is the industry leader in the field of secured financial transactions. Bull designs, develops and markets global smart card solutions for financial, loyalty, transport, telecommunications, healthcare and other applications. Products include contact-contactless cards plus a full range of general purpose and EFT/POS terminals, automated teller machines, as well as associated software and services.
Bull Smart Cards & Terminals is the acknowledged industry leader in research, development and security related to smart cards & related terminals. The company is also the worldwide leader in electronic purse cards. Since inventing the microprocessor smart card in 1976, Bull has obtained more than 1200 patents in the field, and has received certification for smart card security that is the highest level ever achieved by a smart card.
In 1997, Bull Smart Cards & Terminals earned revenues of 1416 million of FF ($280 million). By relying on Bull international network, the division achieves 80% of the revenue abroad.
Bull is an international I.T. group based in Europe with 21,000 people and operations in nearly 100 countries. In 1997, Bull earned revenues of $4.2 billion including over 65% outside of France, its country of origin.
Bull offers a wide range of systems, infrastructure software and I.T. services, through focused innovation, alliances with the best partners and its own integration expertise. In its industry, Bull is recognized for innovative products including Escala family of open servers, smart cards and software such as OpenMaster for secure management of systems and networks. In I.T. services, Bull is ranked in Europe as the third largest systems integrator and fifth in maintenance and support services. Information on Bull is available at: More information on these activities can be found on the World Wide Web at: , on Groupe Bull at:Details