Fujitsu, Microsoft want people to get smart

To speed up the adoption of smart cards in Australia in e-services delivery, Fujitsu and Microsoft have teamed up to deliver an open, standards-based platform for smart card development.

Under the partnership, which was announced at the Card Australia 2000 show, Fujitsu will deliver its smart card-based application development and management system, SmartCity, on Microsoft's Windows for Smart Cards operating system.

SmartCity provides a multi-application development platform and tools for smart card developers. Some of the applications it supports include physical access control, secure internet access, identification, electronic ticketing and other custom applications.

"Through this partnership, Fujitsu and Microsoft are working to speed the adoption of smart cards as an integral part of the delivery of e-services, such as e-government and e-business," said Graeme Freedman, Fujitsu's marketing manager for smart cards.

The joint initiative will lead to the development of multi-application shrink-wrapped solutions for e-purse and identity applications, access control and second- and third-generation instant loyalty schemes, Freedman said.

"Microsoft Windows for Smart Cards is the first viable open platform which enables us to leverage the flexibility of SmartCity to move from the vertical market systems we traditionally supported in campus, retail, government and financial environments to true open environments with multiple issuers and applications."

The two companies will also cooperate on joint marketing activities and servicing major accounts, and will establish a Smart Card Centre of Excellence in Sydney for the development of smart card solutions.

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