JCF returns to Hong Kong


The Java Card Forum (JCF) has held an Open Day in Hong Kong in which Java Card experts shared successful implementations of the technology and explored future applications.


The JCF says that since 1997 its experts have worked in close collaboration with Oracle (and formerly with Sun Microsystems) to create and improve Java Card technology. This has led to the publication of nine releases of the Java Card specification, effectively delivering Java Card technology's promise (interoperability, security and multi-application support) to the government, telecoms, IT security and financial service sectors.


“We have chosen to return to Hong Kong after a gap of seven years, to demonstrate just how Java Card technology has evolved in the intervening years. This area of Asia has always been synonymous with technical innovation and we felt it was important to remind developers of the opportunities the Java Card platform can provide,” says Bruno Basquin, president of the Java Card Forum. “We had an excellent turn out – in fact this event was our most popular Open Day yet – with attendees learning how Java Card technology can be a success enabler for their projects.”


The JCF has continued its collaboration with Oracle on Java Card 3.x technology (the most recent iteration), which marks an important milestone in the growing importance of smart, secure, and portable devices in our everyday lives. The JCF says: “The electronic world is permanently redefining its frontiers, with an increasing trend to concentrate more services on each individual, and more than ever the need to share more content and applications with others. In this context, the Java Card 3 platform, with its more powerful Java technology engine, has the ambition to become the platform of choice for next generation products in the identity, authentication, telecoms and payment markets.


“The Java Card technology, in its last iteration, offers more flexibility in hosting multiple applications, is adapted to new channels such as NFC, and comes with increased communications capabilities,” says Basquin. “These are the mandatory ingredients to position this technology as a key building block of the next wave of secure digital services, such as Mobile payment, Identity, ticketing, M2M applications and many others. And with the emergence of secure elements, Java Card sees its scope naturally extended to various form factors.”


There are an estimated 12bn plus Java-based smart cards and devices deployed around the world.


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JCF returns to Hong Kong
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