Informix will launch the much delayed first fruits of its Imaginecard Smartcard alliance with Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Gemplus on 10 March in Los Angeles.
It will also announce a limited virtual company to house technical patents, intellectual property and the Imaginecard trademark.
In its own words, it will "ring fence" any potential liabilities from its partners.
Imaginecard Inc will be incorporated in February this year, staffed with 100 dedicated employees. They will remain on their respective employers' payrolls.
The new company will be headed by Larent Gampel from Informix, Doug McGowan from Hewlett Packard and Michel Roux from Gemplus.
Gampel said: ?All the components are now ready. We?re just integrating them all to become the finished product and then they?ll go on HP?s price-list from April 1, although customers will be able to place orders from the launch date. We?ll all take orders, but we?ll pass them on to HP?s integration centres.?
The Imaginecard package will be available about two months after launch, but Informix and Gemplus will not sell the products themselves. They are currently talking to systems integrators and hope to have signed up several by March this year.
The products will be aimed at the consumer Internet and home banking and shopping markets. The company will also aim them at a variety of corporate users.
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