The Smart Card Forum Adds Ten Organizations to Growing Member Roster

The Smart Card Forum Adds Ten Organizations to Growing Member Roster

Continued Growth in Largest Smart Card Industry Group demonstrates Increasing Success and Acceptance of the Technology

New York, NY, April 21, 2000–The Smart Card Forum (SCF), multi-industry organization working to accelerate the widespread acceptance and application of smart card technology, today announced that ten new principal and auditing members have joined the growing ranks of the organization. The new members include:

  • Celo Communications
  • Chase Manhattan Bank
  • Identrus
  • Maosco
  • O2 Micro Corporation
  • Publicard
  • RSA Securities
  • Robbins Company
  • Scotia Bank
  • Wave Technologies
  • Xcert International, Inc.

“These new members have joined the Forum at a very exciting time for smart card applications,” said SCF President & CEO Donna Farmer. “Electronic commerce applications that have high assurance requirements are rapidly increasing and as a result we are seeing strong demand for use of smart cards with PKI. The application of the smart card as an authentication and digital signature device are broad. Many of our new members are joining the forum to participate in cutting edge programs related to “smart commerce’, that is the use of smart cards in electronic commerce. We welcome these organizations to our growing membership base and look forward to a very exciting year!”

Celo Communications, Chase Manhattan Bank, Identrus, Maosco, Publicard, RSA Technologies, ScotiaBank, Wave Technologies and Xcert International, Inc. have joined the Forum as Principal Members. Principal Members are entitled to serve as a voting member of the Board and Executive Committee, eligible to serve as a chairperson of any Work Group, the Executive Committee and the Board, free access to all working documents and complimentary registrations for general and special meetings. 02 Micro and the Robbins Company have joined as Auditing Members and have access of copies to all working documents and are entitled to one complimentary registration for meetings, other representatives attend at member fee.

Celo holds a leading position in digital signature solutions, used to establish legally binding transactions over the Internet and a vital feature for authentication, data integrity and non repudiation in e-commerce. Celo’s security solutions and digital signature technology uses public-key-infrastructure (PKI), the industry standard for conducting secure Internet transactions, and is based on open standards such as X.509 and SSL. “We look forward to taking advantage of all the benefits offered through a membership in the Smart Card Forum,” said Sven Hammar, CEO of Celo Communications. “By joining the Forum we get an excellent opportunity to expand relationships with current potential partners within the smart card industry.”

The Chase Manhattan Corporation (http://www.chase.com) is a premier global financial services firm with assets in excess of $400 billion. Chase combines the best of commercial and investment banking, offers world class information and transaction processing services, and has a leading U.S. consumer franchise that serves 32 million customers. Through its newly formed business unit Chase.com, Chase is successfully creating innovative business models for the New Economy. Chase, with offices in more than 45 countries, has a presence in all of the principal financial centers around the world. Chase is pleased to be working collaboratively with the Smart Card Forum. We believe the use of smart chip technology is critical to enhancing Chase’s ecommerce offerings like Chase ePassport (superscript: sm), our Identrus solution.

Identrus, founded in April 1999, is creating a worldwide network of trusted financial institutions to remove the final obstacle to business-to-business e-commerce: trust in a trading partner’s identity. To supply this trust, Identrus financial institutions certify their corporate customers as trading partners on the Internet.

“Identrus has joined the Smart card Forum to make sure that we are aware of the latest trends and issues in Smart Cards and Digital certificate technologies, as this information is key for Identrus as an open technology system”, said Guy Tallent, president & CEO of Identrus LLC. “We are happy to be part of this prestigious organization.”

MAOSCO is an international Consortium of leading industry organizations spearheading the development of smart card technology. The MAOSCO Consortium was created with the objectives to:

Drive the adoption of MULTOS as an open industry standard for smart cards across all business sectors Manage the ongoing development and maintenance of the MULTOS operating system specification

Provide MULTOS licensing and certification services

Founded in April 1995, O2Micro International, Ltd. designs, develops, and markets innovative IC’s for Notebook computers, Internet appliances, LCD monitors, and wireless communications. O2 Micro’s product line includes AudioDJ™, Intelligent Charger™, Intelligent Inverter™ and SmartCardBus™.

PubliCARD brings the full power of the broadband opportunity into the home. Working with content providers and cable television operators, PubliCARD creates the products and solutions critical to today’s broadband revolution–a revolution that promises to change forever the TV experience.

RSA Security Inc. is the most trusted name in e-security, helping organizations build secure, trusted foundations for e-business through its two-factor authentication, encryption and public key management systems. They provide our corporate partners with the administrative services, quality product, and creative support to help them establish and maintain effective corporate recognition and reward programs. Their mission: To align the message of recognition and reward systems to our corporate partners’ unique requirements and provide value-added services to extend their market potential.

Scotiabank is one of North America’s premier financial institutions, with more than $232 billion in assets and approximately 42,000 employees worldwide. It is also Canada’s most international bank, with more than 1,700 branches and offices in more than 50 countries on 6 continents. Scotiabank is on the World Wide Web at http://www.scotiabank.com.

Wave’s mission is to create the world’s best technologies and services to secure, distribute, and sell digital information. Founded in 1988, Wave Systems Corp. is a company offering a more powerful, next-generation, e-commerce solution placing consumers at the center of thee-commerce transaction, making the process easier, versatile, and more secure. Wave Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: WAVX) is a publicly traded company.

Xcert, International, Inc. is the leading provider of Internet based Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solutions that meet the business requirements of the Application Service Provider (ASP), Healthcare, Telecommunications, and Financial Services industries in securing business to business communications for electronic commerce. Xcert’s PKI solutions use digital certificates and secure directory services to provide business organizations with a private and authenticated method of conducting communications and transactions over the Internet.

About the Smart Card Forum

The Smart Card Forum is a non-profit, multi-industry organization of nearly 200 members working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multi-application smart card technology by bringing together, in an open forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors. Established in 1993, the Forum includes representatives from leading companies in the banking, financial services, telecommunications, computer, technology, healthcare, retail and entertainment industries as well as government agencies and prominent universities. The Smart Card Forum also operates the Smart Card Educational Institute, the industry leading course dedicated to providing smart card education that has set the standard in the industry. The curriculum is based on leading edge education models and methodologies utilizing experienced instructors who are experts in the smart card industry. The Smart Card forum is the leading organization for education and awareness in the development of the smart card. For more information about The Smart Card Forum, log on to the organization’s Web site at http://www.smartcardforum.org.