September 08, 2006 — Athena Smartcard Solutions, developer of the ASECard Crypto family of Enterprise and Government Identity solutions has acquired Aspects Softwares smart card OS assets including the Aspects OS755 Java Card and development platforms.

The OS755 Java Card product family includes innovative FIPS approved operating systems for Identity and multimedia (SD/MMC), Visa approved banking and GSM solutions. This move strengthens Athenas smart card expertise, adding open platform products to its established line of cryptographic smart cards. The timing of the acquisition coincides with recent large scale project wins for Athena in the Enterprise, Financial and Government sectors and an increase in demand for the companys leading Unified Badge solutions. Athena will now be able to better support its customers from the expanded office network in the US and the UK, joining Athenas offices in Japan and Israel and its world-wide distributor and partner network. The acquired technology is already integrated within the new ASECard Crypto J multi-application PKI smart card which will be available soon in contact and dual interface, ISO7816 and ISO 14443, versions.

About Athena SCS

Athena SCS Ltd. is an independent UK-based developer of state-of-the art smart card solutions for Access Control, Enterprise, eGovernment, Transportation, Payment and Mobile Solutions, enabling its partners and clients to deliver cutting edge, cost effective digital security solutions.

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