5/16/2003 - Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc. and EDS Canada announced that the two companies will collaborate to address the growing demand for smart card solutions from the Canadian public sector. The offering will focus on a comprehensive, highly secure smart card solution designed specifically for government organizations.
The new offering is an extension of the Sun and EDS Continuum of Services alliance -- established to provide strategy, technology and services to support government and enterprise customers. Sun and EDS will draw upon their years of experience in the development and deployment of security technology to public sector clients.
Paving the way for smart cards is the demand for heightened security of personal information. A smart card powered by Java Card technology can securely store large amounts of personal information on an integrated microprocessor chip. New services developed for Java platform-enabled smart cards can be dynamically loaded onto a user's card. This flexibility presents an ideal situation for government organizations by creating new possibilities for traditional ID cards while minimizing the expense -- and the user hassle -- of routinely re-issuing cards.
"Today's global environment demands that governments must provide secure identification and dynamic information recording methods in order to effectively meet the needs of its citizens," said Michel Brazeau, vice president, Government Global Industry Solutions, EDS Canada. "We believe that smart card technology can help government organizations become more agile and better serve the growing demands of their constituents for privacy, security and service."
Java Card technology allows card vendors, developers and issuers to create secure applications and services quickly, providing government customers with the benefit of reduced costs and shorter time to market.
"A single smart card can host multiple applications, helping to reduce costs to government agencies and simplify the lives of its employees and constituents," said Norman LeCouvie, Director, Government Business Development for Sun Microsystems of Canada. "The functionality inherent in Java Card technology securely 'firewalls' all applications on the card from each other to protect the integrity and privacy of each application."
Global Adoption of Java Card Technology
Java Card products in digital identity solutions have grown over 400 percent during the past year, according to data from Frost & Sullivan. Expanding on its traditional customer base in the financial services and wireless markets, Java Card technology usage has experienced tremendous growth in government, military, healthcare and corporate ID markets around the world.
Government agencies are currently issuing Java Card technology-based smart cards as their new identification cards to replace existing "paper" identification cards. For example, the U.S. Department of Defense is deploying Java Card technology-based Common Access Cards as their new military ID cards to 4.3 million active duty U.S. military personnel and eligible contractors.
In addition, the Government of Taiwan is issuing a Java Card technology- based smart card as its new health insurance identification card to all 24 million residents.
Introductory Starter Bundle
Sun and EDS have created a comprehensive "starter bundle" solution that meets the specific smart card needs of the three levels of Canadian government. The two companies have introduced the bundle, which includes cards, readers, Sun hardware, software and services, at a competitive price point to accelerate the adoption by the Canadian public sector.
For more information on Java Card technology, visit http://java.sun.com/products/javacard.
EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation, business transformation and operational solutions for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the world's best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their customers' trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world's leading companies and governments in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2002. The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. Learn more at www.eds.com.
About Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc.
Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW - News), is headquartered in Markham, Ontario. The company, which employs more than 550 persons, has offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria. Sun products and services are also available through Sun Authorized Independent Sales Organizations and iForce(SM) partners across Canada. For more information, visit http://ca.sun.com
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
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