Oct 18, 2010 — Athena, a leading developer of Java Card smart card operating systems, middleware and smart card readers becomes a member of GlobalPlatform.

The decision to join GlobalPlatform demonstrates Athena’s commitment to contribute to the development of card specifications, particularly in the areas of government and identity. Athena, which has vast experience with large-scale ID projects, joins GlobalPlatform as a Participating Member.

Athena, working to provide developers, integrators, original equipment manufacturers and users with the optimal professional platforms for smart card integration and operability, will actively contribute in the organization’s Card Committee, task forces and various working groups.

Ian Simmons, Vice-President of Engineering at Athena, comments: “Athena decided to join GlobalPlatform as a Participating Member to benefit from cooperation with other industry leaders. Our involvement in the Card Committee is important to us and our partners due to GlobalPlatform’s work with government and identity card configurations. We are very excited to have the opportunity to influence the direction in which GlobalPlatform specifications are evolving.”

Kevin Gillick, Executive Director of GlobalPlatform, adds: “GlobalPlatform is delighted to welcome Athena to the association. We look forward to supporting its development in the industry as well as benefiting from its contribution to our ongoing initiatives to simplify and accelerate the adoption of interoperable smart card technology.”

Further membership benefits for Athena include: the ability to participate in GlobalPlatform’s Advisory Council, which provides direct access for members to the GlobalPlatform Executive Director and Board of Directors; all-member meeting attendance; and voting privileges.

Athena Smartcard is one of the fastest growing players in the smart card industry. Athena provides its customers with state of the art smart card technology, from its corporate headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, R&D centres in Scotland, USA and Israel, and a world-wide partner network. Athena’s team of smart card experts and engineers has been developing native and Java Card smart card operating systems, middleware and smart card readers since 1995. Athena possesses unique smart card technologies, software security techniques, certification, and embedded systems expertise.

Athena’s products include Common Criteria EAL4+ and FIPS 140-2 and 201/PIV certified contact, contactless and dual interface open platform and file system based cryptographic smart cards supporting Java Card 2.2.2, GP 2.1.1, PIV, CNS/CIE, JICSAP, GSM, and EMV. The Athena ASEDrive line of smart card readers includes high performance USB desktop, internal, contactless and contact keyboard and biometric smart card readers. Athena’s cryptographic middleware solutions including the IDProtect Client Toolkit with support for all major desktop operating systems, and through the Athena CMS, our customers enjoy smart card life-cycle management solutions for contact and contactless cards.

The Athena ASEDrive line of smart card readers includes high performance USB desktop, internal, contactless and contact keyboard and biometric smart card readers. Athena’s cryptographic middleware solutions including the IDProtect Client Toolkit with support for all major desktop operating systems, and through the Athena CMS, our customers enjoy smart card life-cycle management solutions for contact and contactless cards.

Copyright 2010 Athena Smartcard Solutions. All rights reserved. IDProtect, ASEPCOS, Athena SmartPlus, IDProtect Key, ASECard Crypto and the Athena logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Athena Smartcard Solutions. All other product and brand names mentioned in this document are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, please visit http://www.athena-scs.com

Jochi Fuchs

Athena
Tel: +1 408 914 2808
Email: press@athena-scs.com

 

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