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GlobalPlatform Contributes Card Technology to ISO For New International Smart Card Standard

2 November 2004 - GlobalPlatform has submitted a technical contribution, based on the GlobalPlatform Card Specification v2.1.1, to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to aid in the development of a new international standard within the ISO IEC* 7816 standard series for smart cards - the ISO/IEC 7816 part 13 standard, for application management in a multi-application environment.

GlobalPlatform's contribution was supported by the US InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committee responsible for smart card technology.

The new ISO/IEC 7816 part 13 standard is being developed thanks to a request from Japan, which was endorsed in March 2004. The scope of this new standard is dedicated to multi-application cards and application management. It will standardize the card interface for multi-application card management and will apply to the entire application life cycle, both before and after card issuance.

The responsible ISO/IEC technical committee JTC1 SC17/WG4, will now review GlobalPlatform's contribution when developing this new standard, which is due for release mid 2006.

Marc Kekicheff, GlobalPlatform's Technical Director and Chair of the GlobalPlatform Card Committee, comments: "If GlobalPlatform technology is accepted for use in the new ISO standard, it will be a great compliment to our technology and progress. However, there is still a lot of work to do before ISO makes its decision, but we are happy to be in a position where we can work with ISO and try to reach a positive conclusion on this work item."

James F. Russell, Chairman of the INCITS technical advisory group for smart card technology, B10.1 Committee, comments on the body's decision to endorse GlobalPlatform's contribution: "We are pleased that GlobalPlatform has decided to contribute its proven technology for use in an international standard. While the management of multiple applications has long been seen as the future of smart cards, the lack of commonly accepted means to manage multi applications has slowed their deployment. We believe that the successful development of the new standard will rapidly advance the development and deployment of multiple application smart cards and that it will be the basis for truly interoperable smart cards."

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*International Electrotechnical Commission

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