Oberthur Card Systems has launched a new smart card application for user-controlled storage of personal data on chip cards.
The new application is based on the recently launched Smart Visa Framework, and offers a tag-based structure allowing for the storage of a wide range of personal information on a smart card, such as birthdays, social security numbers or frequent flyer account numbers.
Thierry Burgess, Oberthur executive vice-president of sales and field marketing, notes: "The key advantage we provide is that the card gives cardholders total control of any data they might want to store on the card, from payment products to drivers' license information, through a global PIN management system."
The Smart Visa Framework is a set of commands, data structures, security protocols, and access methods that help to generically manage personal data.
Also, pending Visa certification, Oberthur plans to introduce its new CosmopolIC Lite low-cost Open Platform card featuring the Smart Visa Framework in ROM in early 2002.