The Smart Card Forum (SCF), a multi-industry organization working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of smart card technology, announced Tuesday that seven new corporate and government members have joined the organization. This brings total Forum membership to 192.
The new members are:
ID Technologies, Inc.
Smart Cards Solutions, LLC.
University of Michigan
“We welcome our new members, who have joined us at a very exciting time in the life of both the Forum and our industry,” says SCF President Bill Barr. “As the potential of smart cards multiplies over time, so does the interest of organizations such as these who want to be on the cutting edge of this industry of the future, and that is exactly where the Forum is located. By becoming an important part of the Forum family, these members now have access to a unique blend of valuable benefits available nowhere else.”
“We at Polaroid know it is time to turn on the smart card switch,” says Martha Gilbertson, worldwide marketing director for Polaroid’s Identification Systems business. “As a member of the Smart Card Forum, we will be on the front lines of information regarding this technology. As a result, we effectively will build our business to the point where we can offer complete smart card products, services and capabilities to our client base. We’re jumping in now to stay ahead of the future for our clients.”
The Forum also announced that two of its current members – Certicom Corp. and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) — have upgraded their participation in the organization, and now serve as principal members. By becoming principal members, both are voting members of the organization and have access to a full spectrum of Forum privileges.
— Atmel Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad line of technically advanced integrated circuits (ICs).
— Certicom Corp. is the leading provider of cryptographic technologies for computing and communications companies.
— Chevron Corporation is a Fortune 20 company and one of the world’s largest energy companies.
— Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is a non-profit association conducting programs in research, education, industry relations and public affairs on behalf of its 1500 members, including their subsidiaries.
— ID Technologies, Inc. is a quality manufacturer of high-technology auto ID products.
— Mosel Vitelic designs, manufactures and markets dynamic RAMs (DRAMs) and high-speed static RAMs (SRAMs) for the worldwide markets.
— Polaroid Corporation designs, manufactures and markets worldwide a variety of imaging products.
— Smart Card Solutions, LLC. is a leader of software development and system integration for the financial payment industry.
— University of Michigan’s Mcard is the university’s single-card program combining such features as ID, library privileges, building access, meal plans and stored value.
All of these members have joined the Forum since its joint work group meetings in February 1998. The Forum’s work groups focus on various aspects of smart card technology, including: interoperability, legal and public policy issues, technology, telephony, multi-applications and network applications. Sectors examined in the work groups include: retail, education, transportation, health care and travel and entertainment.
The Smart Card Forum ([www.smartcardforum.org]) is a non-profit, multi-industry organization of 192 members working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multiple application smart card technology by bringing together, in an open forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors.