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Java Smart Card Licensing Deal With Iris Tech. in Asia

Java Smart Card Licensing Deal With Iris Tech. in Asia

Sun Microsystems and Iris Technologies, Kuala Lumpur, Bernama, announced a licensing agreement allowing for Iris, the 11th largest e-card supplier in the world, to develop E-Identification (e-ID) and E-Passport devices based on Java Card technology. The agreement will allow Iris to play a dominant role in the Asian market. Iris said the licensing contract will also give Iris entry into markets outside of Asia.

The growth of "smart cards," electronically-tagged cards for use in corporations and governments for identity verification, has huge growth potential. According to Datuk Tan Say Jim, managing director of Iris Tech, "We have shipped over 18 million e-ID cards/e-passports, representing just over 1.2 percent of market share in a $4.7 billion(US) industry. As a Java Card Technology licensee, we aim to capture part of the world 'smart card' market which is deploying an average of two billion cards annually."

Jim added, "We will work with complementary technology partners around the world to design, develop and deploy Smart Card based solutions and Smart Card Readers and Terminal Systems to governments and corporations."

Iris will customize, onto multiple silicon platforms, its kernel software in order to offer as wide an array of solutions to customers as possible. Since Iris is looking for global reach, Java was decided upon as the preferred platform because of its wide-scale use and malleability with other systems.

Lionel Lim, vice president of Sun for South Asia, said, "Over 1.5 billion Java devices have been shipped worldwide of which 650 million are Java smart cards. Everything of value connected to the network is now benefiting from Java technologies. The costs and risks of viruses and identity theft have become everyday issues for CIOs and individual consumers. As such, Java technology has increasingly become the platforms of choice because of its ubiquity and security to protect both data and services."

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