Schlumberger is cashing in on the Java explosion with the world?s first Java smart card which will hit the streets early next year. Called Cyberflex it is a series of smart card products based on Sun Microsystems? Java Card API.
?Cyberflex will enable thousands of Java programmers to create new smartcard programs,? explained Jim Davis, vice president and general manager of Schlumberger?s smart card and systems division. Each card can be used as a credit card, a stored value card plus hold information on digital mobile phone usage and frequent flier programmes.
The company believes Java card technology will enable developers to address traditional issues that hamper smart card designers including high development costs and security. Because of its ability to create compact applets, Java will enable Cyberflex developers to fit multiple applications on one card.
To bolster its smart card interests last week Schlumberger Electronic Transactions also announced it is to acquire Solaic, a wholly-owned subsidiary of information management services company, Sligos. Solaic is a French-based magnetic and smart card manufacturer while Schlumberger Electronic Transactions develops a range of card applications including magnetic stripe and chip cards.
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