Briefs: Motorola Releases Internet Smart Card

Motorola Inc. in Schaumburg, Illinois, announced it has begun shipping an Internet security application that works with its 32-bit M-Smart Jupiter multiapplication smart card based on Java Card 2.1 technology and Visa Open Platform 2.0 standards.

The Flexgate product, which was designed for use with Netscape Communicator, combines PC resident software with a Java card application.

Novell's eDirectory Finds Friends

Two transportation firms will use Novell Inc.'s NDS eDirectory to manage their worldwide networks. The Air Operations division of Memphis-based Federal Express Corp. has rolled out eDirectory to let pilots and crew members access applications from any locationMiami-based Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Inc. will link 368 offices in 125 countries via eDirectory.

SOAP Goes to W3C

Microsoft Corp. has submitted the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as a first step toward turning the specification into a standard. SOAP is a protocol for linking Internet applications running on different platforms using XML messages.

Initially criticized, SOAP is now being backed by IBM, Compaq Computer Corp. and SAP AG.

Pilot AnnouncesSecurEBiz Web Hosting

Alameda, California-based Pilot Network Services Inc. announced last week that it's integrating a trusted operating system environment developed by Savoy, Illinois-based Argus Systems Group Inc. into its Heuristic Defense Infrastructure. The integration will create a new SecurEBiz Web-hosting service through Argus' trusted version of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris operating system environment.

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