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New ISO/IEC 7816-13 Smart Card Standard Incorporates GlobalPlatform Card Technology

28 March, 2007 – GlobalPlatform, the international smart card standards body, has confirmed that GlobalPlatform technology, based on the GlobalPlatform Card Specification, has been included in the recently launched ISO/IEC 7816-13 international standard: commands for application management in a multi-application environment.

 ISO/IEC 7816-13, which is intended to support implementations in a multi-application environment, was published as an international standard on the ISO website in early March 2007. The inclusion of GlobalPlatform’s technical contribution confirms the organization’s position as a leading authority on smart card specifications.

GlobalPlatform has already started work towards incorporating the new ISO/IEC 7816-13 international standard into the GlobalPlatform Card Specification v2.2 and will be the first standards body to be fully compliant to ISO/IEC 7816-13 by the end of 2007. This will enable the organization to provide card management systems with a simple migration path from the existing GlobalPlatform Specifications to the new ISO standard.

Marc Kekicheff, Vice Chair of GlobalPlatform, who is responsible for driving GlobalPlatform’s involvement within ISO, comments: “This is a long awaited milestone for GlobalPlatform which illustrates the organization’s esteemed position relative to ISO and its international smart card standardization efforts.

“The fact that GlobalPlatform technology has been recognized by and incorporated within the ISO/IEC 7816-13 international standard offers all users of GlobalPlatform Specifications total assurance that their investment and technology is protected for the future. This sends out a clear message to the industry: GlobalPlatform Specifications are regarded by the leading global authority on international standards, as a stable, secure and proven technology. We are very happy with that testimony.”

Dr Yachida, Project Editor of the ISO/IEC 7816-13 standard, adds: “ It is my pleasure that Japan’s proposal for this new standard in 2004, which was improved under the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 Sub Committee 17, Work Group 4, has finally been published as ISO/IEC 7816-13. This international standard is the joint fruit of SC17/WG4 activities and great contributions and support from GlobalPlatform.

“Post issuance application management is now one of the major requirements of both government and commercial applications. I wish GlobalPlatform success in the implementation of the new ISO standard.”

GlobalPlatform first became actively involved in the development of the new ISO standard in November 2004, when the organization made a significant technical contribution to the ISO 7816-13 standard, based on GlobalPlatform's Card Specification v2.1.1. GlobalPlatform’s contribution was supported by the American National Standards Institute, while experts from other countries such as Japan, Germany and France also provided valuable input.

In March 2005, GlobalPlatform was granted Liaison Member status on ISO's technical committee responsible for developing standards in the smart card series. As a Category C Member, GlobalPlatform became eligible to contribute to, and participate in, the debates and development of consensus for the new standard. As such, GlobalPlatform has been intrinsically involved in the creation of the international standard for multi-application smart card infrastructures.



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