Sun's JavaSoft business unit jumped on the electronic-commerce bandwagon last week when it announced the Java Electronic Commerce Framework (JECF) and several Java commercial-based APIs aimed at companies who want to perform transactions over the Net.
The company is expected to introduce a payment device that acts as a virtual wallet on the client side. This will act as a repository for users to insert different payment cassettes from firms such as Mondex and Cybercash.
According to Amy Porter, European marketing manager at JavaSoft, the company will be announcing a series of partners that have manufactured cassettes for slotting into the wallet.
"We are providing a very general horizontal framework focused particularly on the transaction side of things. People will be able to choose which credit card they use and which verification method," she said.
JECF consists of the Java Wallet, a database, payment and service components and administrative interfaces that provide information about the user and payment methods.
It will support the Secure Electronic Transactions (SET) protocol for credit card transactions. Smart cards, electronic cheques and tokens will also be supported.
According to Porter, the framework will initially be aimed at business-to-business and business-to-customer transactions. "The Java wallet is a client piece but we will be providing server side interfaces as well," she said.
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