Thursday, December 12, 2002
Trintech Group Plc (Nasdaq: TTPA; Neuer Markt: TTP), a leading provider of secure payment solutions, today announced that An Post, Ireland’s Post Office Authority, has deployed Trintech’s secure, chip-enabled PINPad infrastructure nationally.
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
NTRU’s William Whyte, Nicholas Howgrave-Graham and Daniel Lieman to Discuss Mathematical and Practical Considerations in Cryptography
NTRU, the only provider of strong security that fits everywhere, today announced that William Whyte, director of cryptographic research and development at NTRU, Nicholas Howgrave-Graham, senior cryptographer at NTRU and Daniel Lieman, NTRU co-founder and director of applications will speak at the American Mathematical Society’s 2003 Joint Mathematics Meetings. During the “Short Course on Public-Key Security,” organized by Lieman, they will discuss basic cryptographic techniques, how they are applied today, as well as the goals of current research. The course will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from January 13-14, 2003. NTRU cryptography provides user authentication and data encryption in highly constrained environments such as contactless smart cards and RFID devices. “With the lack of cost-effective, practical security techniques available for identification and payment tokens, cryptographic innovation is more important than ever,” said Lieman. “This course will help promote research and achievements that will ultimately enable consumers and enterprises alike to apply encryption to practical purposes.”
The Joint Mathematics Meetings aim is to advance mathematical achievement, encourage research and provide a communication forum conducive to field study and progress. During the two-day course in Baltimore, Whyte will describe implementation issues and security considerations for public-key cryptosystems based on the standard discrete logarithm problem. Howgrave-Graham will highlight current research in cryptography, including the challenge of constructing secure public-key cryptosystems. Lieman’s talk will survey the state-of-the-art construction of secure systems from public-key and symmetric-key cryptographic primitives. Other speakers will include academic researchers in mathematics and cryptography from the United States and Australia.
– What: “AMS Short Course on Public Key Cryptography”
– Where: American Mathematical Society’s Joint Mathematics Meetings;
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland
– When: January 13-14, 2003
– Who: William Whyte, Director of Cryptographic R & D, NTRU
Nicholas Howgrave-Graham, Senior Cryptographer, NTRU
Daniel Lieman, Co-founder, Director of Applications, NTRU
Prior to joining NTRU, Whyte was senior cryptographer with Baltimore Technologies in Dublin, Ireland. He holds a B. A. from Trinity College, Dublin, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University.
Howgrave-Graham is a senior cryptographer at NTRU. He has published many papers on cryptography, including fundamental work on the security requirements for random number generators in the Digital Signature Algorithm. Before coming to NTRU, Howgrave-Graham worked for two years at the IBM, Yorktown Heights Research Lab in New York. He holds a B.A. from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a Ph.D. from the University of Bath.
Lieman co-invented certain NTRU technology and represents NTRU on a number of standards bodies. He has more than 20 years of experience in systems development and R&D. Lieman holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.
NTRU is the only provider of strong security that fits everywhere. Based on the most fundamental innovation in cryptography in more than 20 years, NTRU eliminates historic price, performance and usability tradeoffs in security. NTRU delivers strong, fast security that operates with minimal power consumption and fits into a tiny footprint, making it easy for customers to build devices that people trust. NTRU security is gaining widespread adoption in the contactless, radio frequency identification (RFID), mobile communications, multimedia and embedded markets. Headquartered in Burlington, Mass., NTRU is backed by Texas Instruments, Sony Corporation, Macrovision, Lehman Brothers Venture Capital, Investor AB, Granite Ventures, Greylock and 3i. For more information, visit www.ntru.com.
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Teradyne announced Giesecke & Devrient has selected Teradyne’s J750k low cost VLSI Test System for design verification and electrical qualification of Integrated Circuits for contacted Smart Cards. Giesecke & Devrient, a leading worldwide supplier of smart cards and cutting-edge system solutions, selected the J750k based on ease of program generation and the open software concept of Teradyne’s IG-XL software. The small footprint of the J750k enables Giesecke & Devrient to perform design verification and qualification test up to 32 sites in parallel, in an engineering laboratory instead of occupying valuable production test floor space.
“Design verification for smart cards has 3 major issues,” said Michael Lamla, Dipl.-Phys. Cryptology/Semiconductor Security Technology Center, R&D-Smartcards, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH. “Program generation must be easy and fast, characterization support on multiple sites must be effortless and the test system must be small enough to be used in a laboratory. After reviewing a variety of test systems we determined Teradyne’s J750k exceeds in all these key areas and at the most attractive price point.” “We are grateful to have Giesecke & Devrient as a new customer and the selection of the J750k as their design verifier of choice,” said Martin Stadler, Product Manager, Consumer Business Unit, Teradyne. “The open software concept of IG-XL is designed to be easily modified and accommodate new design verification needs. As Giesecke & Devrient further enhance their Smart Cards, Teradyne looks forward to supporting their design verification needs today and in the future.”
About Integra J750k
The Integra J750k provides a full suite of characterization and debug tools, and powerful AC and DC instrumentation, in a small “test-head only” footprint. The system features IG-XL test software, a revolutionary test development suite combining the power and performance of the latest PC technology and Windows NT operating system with the familiarity of standard Windows productivity tools, like Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic. The Integra J750k was designed specifically to reduce the cost of test without compromising production efficiency, flexibility or reliability. The basic configuration starts with 64 pins at 50MHz and can be expanded up to 256 pins at 100MHz. As requirements increase, the system may be upgraded to higher pin counts with field hardware and software upgrades. The J750k may also be configured with system options, like the mixed-signal or memory test options, to address the variation of testing needs and is 100% software and DIB compatible with the entire J750 family.
About IG-XL Software
IG-XL takes the best features of the Integra J750’s proven Windows NT(R)-based software and the robust test development environment of Teradyne’s Catalyst/Tiger’s IMAGE to create a test program environment focused on the device. IG-XL features graphical point-and-click templates, test elements, and test procedures - including the new Mixed Signal Workshop. Test program components may be reused across multiple devices that share IP cores. And for experienced users, there’s direct access to the test code for detailed debugging. IG-XL also goes from single-site to multi-site test instantly for faster production release.
About Giesecke & Devrient (G&D)
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is an international technology group with 150 years of tradition. Founded in 1852, G&D first specialized in banknote printing and security paper manufacture, later adding currency automation systems to its product portfolio. Today, G&D is also a technology leader in the fields of smart cards and system solutions for telecommunications, electronic payments, transportation, health, ID, loyalty, pay-TV, multimedia and Internet security (Public Key Infrastructure).
The Giesecke & Devrient Group, headquartered in Munich, operates subsidiaries and joint ventures all over the world. G&D employs around 6,500 people world-wide and generated a revenue of EUR 1.12 billion in fiscal 2001.
Teradyne (NYSE: TER) is the world’s largest supplier of automatic test equipment and is also a leading supplier of high performance interconnection systems. Teradyne’s test products are used by manufacturers of semiconductors, circuit assemblies, voice and broadband telephone networks. Teradyne’s backplane assemblies and high-density connectors are used by manufacturers of communications and computing systems central to building networking infrastructure. The company had sales of $1.4 billion in 2001 and currently employs about 8000 people worldwide. For more information visit www.teradyne.com. CONTACT: Teradyne US
Karen Kilcoyne, 781/487-5316
Petra Zillig, +49 89 41861 205
Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
Andrea Bockholt, +49 89 41 19-2422
Internet: www.gi-de.com URL: http://www.businesswire.com
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Oberthur Card Systems, a global leader in the smart card industry, today announced that it has supplied the Hungarian Tax Office with the client elements of an innovative tax return system. The new web based system not only offers optimum security, but is also set to significantly reduce processing times.
In accordance with new government legislation, Hungary’s top 500 corporate taxpayers will now have to submit their returns electronically, authenticated by a secure digital signature, by October 2002. The new system means that they no longer have to submit their returns on paper, thus eliminating the need for a physical presence and allowing the forms to be sent securely from a remote location. In preparation for the new scheme, Oberthur has supplied the Hungarian Tax Office with its AuthentIC Web Pack, comprising Java(tm) based cryptographic smart cards, card readers and related client software. The smart cards have the highest security certification (EAL4+) and supports the AuthentIC application.
This project’s main importance is, that this is the first widespread use of digital signatures in the Hungarian Government sector.
“We are delighted to be working with the Hungarian Tax Office on one of the first and most innovative tax projects in Central Europe” commented Ian Robson, Managing Director, Northern Region, Oberthur Card Systems. “This highly successful implementation puts us in a strong position to attract even more government sector business in this region.”
“We are pleased to be able to offer our top taxpayers a truly world class, secure tax returns system,” commented KirAly LAszlo Gyorgy, President, Hungarian Tax Office. “Our new system delivers three benefits to all parties: simplicity, security and speed,” he concluded.
About Oberthur Card Systems
Oberthur Card Systems, listed on the Euronext Stock Exchange (Code Euroclear 12413) since July 2000, is one of the world’s leading providers of card-based solutions, software and applications including SIM and multi-application smart cards and services ranging from consulting to personalisation.
Innovative products and high quality services ensure Oberthur’s strong positioning in its three main target markets.
* Payment: 52 per cent of revenues in 2001. The company is the world leader and number one supplier for Visa and MasterCard.
* Mobile Communications: 31 per cent of revenues in 2001, with open and interoperable solutions based on Java(tm) technology.
* Authentication and Network Security: emerging markets in which the company plays a pioneering role, with strong expertise in security and a dominant position in e-commerce and Pay-TV.
Close to its customers, Oberthur Card Systems benefits from an industrial and commercial presence across all five continents.
Oberthur Card Systems is a subsidiary of Francois-Charles Oberthur Group.
Web site: www.oberthurcs.com
CONTACT: Alex Sowden/Sarah Webb/Richard Fogg, Companycare Communications
Tel: +44 (0)118 939 5900
Fax: +44 (0)118 959 9595
Wais Wasiri, Oberthur Card Systems
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Tuesday, December 10, 2002
San Diego, CA - ImageWare Systems, Inc. (AMEX:IW) announced that it’s German subsidiary, Digital Imaging International GmbH launched EPICard™, the newest addition to the company’s suite of ID software solutions. EPICard was designed with ease of use and simplicity in mind, resulting in a boxed, ID badging product that enables users to easily design and print ID cards. The EPICard solution comes complete with a camera, tripod, card printer and card printing materials.
A major new initiative to define specifications for world-wide access to Wi-Fi networks with smart card security and related capabilities is to be launched with the creation of the Wi-Fi Smart Card Consortium.
The major motivation and benefit from Wi-Fi networks is increased mobility. Unlike conventional network connections, network users can move about almost without restriction and access Wi-Fi networks from nearly anywhere. Examples of the practical uses for wireless network access are limited only by the imagination of the application designer. Wi-Fi hotspots enable handheld and laptop users to connect to the Internet from public places such as airports, cafes and public libraries, or within private enclaves such as corporations. Wi-Fi hotspots will grow rapidly, with current projections anticipating several hundred million connections over the next several years.
One major challenge that has hampered wireless Internet growth to date is secure mobility management. This challenge can be resolved using smart card properties. Indeed, smart cards can provide functions for world-wide Wi-Fi security, quality of service, roaming, and related services. To reach this goal, the Wi-Fi Smart Card Consortium will endorse existing standards and define new specifications where needed to provide world-wide access to Wi-Fi networks with smart card security, privacy, roaming, convenience, and related capabilities.
NEW YORK, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ – International Biometric Group announces
the ninth installment of its Biometric Business and Technology Teleconference
series. This month’s topic will be “Biometrics and Smart Cards.” The
Teleconference will provide an overview of smart card technology and how
biometrics are being integrated with smart cards to create robust security
solutions. The conference will look at markets, technology, and emerging
standards, as well as profile some existing deployments and current
initiatives that are underway.
The call will take place on Thursday, December 12 at 1:00 pm (ET); 10:00
am (PT). The speaker for this event is Kush Wadhwa, Senior Consultant,
International Biometric Group.
The IBG Biometric Business and Technology Teleconference series is
designed to address the increasingly broad audiences interested in biometrics,
including investors, developers and the media. Toward that end, the IBG Biometric
Business and Technology Teleconference series provides timely information and
insight on the current state of biometrics and the biometric industry.
To join the call, dial: (U.S. and Canada) 800-231-5571 or (calls outside
of U.S.) 973-935-8507. The call is free-of-charge and we recommend that you
dial into the conference 5-10 minutes prior to the start time.
About International Biometric Group
International Biometric Group is the leading biometric integration and
consulting firm, addressing the identification and authentication needs of
mid- to large-size organizations. IBG works on behalf of both private and
government clients to evaluate, design, and integrate biometric solutions for
Internet applications, public sector programs, network security, point of sale
applications, physical access and time and attendance systems.
Learn more at http://www.biometricgroup.com.
International Biometric Group