Oberthur deals the cards for Entrust

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Oberthur Card Systems has announced a partnership with Entrust Technologies, a vendor of public-key infrastructure (PKI) products and e-business security.

Oberthur provides the technology and security of a card-based system, and Entrust provides the technical expertise and solutions from its global wireless solutions and core PKI groups.

Financial institutions and telecom operators will now be able to deploy the infrastructure needed to enable fixed and wireless transactions for any device using Smart Card technology. Integrating Oberthur’s advanced card management system with Entrust ensures that the PKI and certificates are incorporated into the manufacturing process.

The partnership will ensure authentication of users, and allow digital signatures on transactions. These will improve the security, reliability, and scalability of e-business initiatives.

Marc Bertin, director of e-business for Oberthur said, “Having long been evangelists of interoperability and open platforms in the cards, mobile and electronic commerce arenas, we are pleased to partner with Entrust. Close co-operation will enable us to bring strong solutions to a wide range of customers, from mobile operators and financial institutions to the health industry and governments.”

Richard Kirk, vice president of Global Wireless Solutions for Entrust commented, “Oberthur and Entrust are seeking to create wholly secure and trusted online and wireless business environments. We are providing financial institutions and banks with easily implemented solutions, which meet the highest security requirements. Entrust is strategically positioned in the security market as a leading provider of PKI products and services. By joining forces with Oberthur, a leading innovator in smart card technology, we will bring greater integration in the implementation of reliable and secure end to end e-business solutions.”

The companies intend to develop solutions for putting WAP digital certificates on to all smart card products of Oberthur including Sim/Wim cards for telecoms, banking and authentication. Entrust.net’s WAP root key certificates will be embedded within Oberthur’s Sim/Wim cards setting the foundation for delivery of trusted services. All solutions conform to open standards including Identrus standards.

Oberthur offers SIM, WAP, UMTS, e-wallet technologies and card management systems. The major supplier of MasterCard and Visa cards, in banking, e-commerce, m-commerce and pay-TV, Oberthur employs 3,000 people worldwide, Oberthur has 30 sales offices and 13 manufacturing sites across the five continents.

Entrust Technologies has R&D labs in Silicon Valley, CA; Ottawa, Canada and Zurich, Switzerland and offices in over 40 countries around the world.

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