Java Card Forum

The Java Card Forum is an industry association of companies from the smart card, secure operating system and secure silicon industry, working together to promote and develop Java as the preferred programming language for multi-application smart cards, secure devices and other execution environments.


The Java Card Form is a collaboration of companies from the smart card, secure operating system, and secure silicon industry, working together to promote and develop Java as the preferred programming language for multi-application smart cards and secure devices. 

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2019 NEWS

alexandre + volkerJava Card Forum selects first Annual “Bertrand” Award Winner 

To celebrate the work of Bertrand du Castel (one of the Founder members of the JCF), who sadly passed away in February 2019, the Java Card Forum (JCF) has worked with his family to initiate an Annual Award in his memory: The “Bertrand”.
During an Award Ceremony at the Plenary meeting in Bucharest, Alexandre Frey was announced as the winner of the first ever “Bertrand”.

Find out more here.


A Visionary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Bertrand du Castel on February 11th 2019, a man who many see as the champion of the Java Card platform and one of the founders of the Java Card Forum. But rather than lament his demise, the JCF want to celebrate his life – his dedication, passion, belief and determination that brought a new operating system to life and nurtured it to maturity.

Read our tribute to the great man here.

Java Card for the Internet of Things

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While device growth brings transformative effects to several industries and to people’s daily lives, it also induces an additional level of system complexity to the infrastructure that will handle device data.

Find out how Java Card brings Security and Trust to IoT Systems in the market today and in the future

Release of Java Card 3.1 provides the Foundation for IoT Security

The Java Card Forum (JCF) and Oracle proudly announce the release of Java Card 3.1, which is a major milestone platform update, facilitating the development of advanced security services for existing mar-kets and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) sector. The JCF have been working in close co-operation with Oracle, providing recommendations for the new specification and the release is a testament to this long-standing partnership of over 20 years.

Read the whole Release here

2018 NEWS

Building the Foundation for End-to-End IoT Security – new Whitepaper available

The Java Card Forum and Oracle have released a Whitepaper explaining how Java Card technology is ideally placed when it comes to securing the IoT sector.

cover of WhitepaperTopics covered in the Whitepaper include:
* Security challenges in IoT
* Securing the IoT with Java Card
* IoT use-case examples and solutions with Java Card:
* Secure Network Access & Communication
* Secure Gateway Authentication & Communication
* Smart Metering & Smart grid
* Vehicle Communication Security

Download your free copy here

Java Card Forum produces an Infographic to show how Java Card secures the IoT space

As more machines and devices become connected, there is a real concern about security and trust in the IoT sector. The JCF have produced an Infographic to show how Java Card technology not only secures current IoT systems, but also ensures future-proof end-to-end security from edge devices to the IoT Cloud.

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View the full Infographic here.

Java Card Protection Profile 3.0.5 Configuration now Available

The Java Card Protection Profile version 3.0.5 Configuration has been certified and published. As opposed to the previous versions of the Protection Profile which were certified and published under the French Scheme by Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (ANSSI), this version of the Protection Profile has been certified and published under the German Scheme by Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI).

More details about the new PP can be found on the Oracle blog

2017 NEWS

The Java Card Forum celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Back in 1997 a small group of smart card companies came together to provide recommendations for specifications to Sun Microsystems for the Java Card platform. The Java Card Forum was formed and together have worked on enhancing the specification to meet the needs of the smart security industry. And after 20 years, their work remains as relevant today as it did back in the 90s, now looking to support new markets such as IoT.

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Infineon Technologies joins the Java Card Forum
The Java Card Forum welcomes Infineon during its 20th year anniversary

The Java Card Forum (JCF) is delighted to announce Infineon Technologies AG as its latest member. With more than six billion high security controllers sold since 2010, Infineon is a major player in today’s global security industry. Infineon has a long history working with Java Card technology supporting specification enhancements throughout the various releases, right up to the 3.0 version.

Read the whole Release here

Celebrating our 20 year Anniversary in Munich

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Yesterday evening (17th October) we invited past and current members of the Java Card Forum to join together in celebrating the work carried out over the last 20 years; to reminisce about the ‘good times’ and look forward to the next release of the Java Card specification in 2018.

Read more about the evening here.

JNet ThingX Corp. joins the Java Card Forum
The Java Card Forum welcomes jNet during its 20th year anniversary

The Java Card Forum (JCF) is delighted to announce that jNet ThingX (“jNet”), a technology innovator specializing in the development of secure, embedded operating systems for secure microcontrollers (i.e. smartcards) and resource-constrained SoCs, is joining the Java Card Forum, demonstrating its commitment to contribute and drive forward the development of an IoT profile for the Java Card specification.

Read the whole Release here

NXP Launches New Java Card-based Operating System

NXP Semiconductors today (14th September 2017) launched its latest Java Card Operating System, JCOP3, for secure identification applications. Customers can benefit from a multi-solution platform with higher security and flexibility, as well as the ability to integrate their own applets and personalization solutions, while accelerating time-to-market. Coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the Java Card Forum, the launch of JCOP3 is part of NXP’s comprehensive offering that marks a new level of convenience for the identification market and underscores the continuous innovation in Java Card technology.

Read the whole Release here

My, how we’ve changed…

In its 20 years of existence, the Java Card Forum has understood the importance of not only marketing Java Card technology, but the Forum itself. The main vehicle for showcasing the JCF has always been the internet, and over the years the website (and associated collateral) has undergone a couple of major changes.

Check out the original logo and website here.

A trip to the movies…

As part of our 20 Year Anniversary celebrations, we’ve looked back in the archives to find you some interesting testimonials over the years.
Back in 2010, Oracle (Sun Microsystems as it was back then) commissioned a series of interviews with leading telecommunication and smart card companies to share with the wider community why they were choosing Java Card technology, who was benefitting from the platform and how the technology would be deployed in the future.

Although these films were produced in the early days of Java Card 3.0, you can see how the industry already saw the technology as an important tool for value-added services in the telco sector.

Check out the videos here.

Reporting the evolution of Java Card technology over the years

Twenty years is a long time in the technology industry – trends come and go, products appear then disappear and even major shows and publications change their focus…The Java Card Forum has seen many changes over the years – not least in the Java Card platform itself, and some of those milestones have been documented in the press.

We’ve dug into the archives to find an article by Dan Balaban written back in 2004 about how the next generation Java Card would change the future of smart cards, articles in 2007/2008 about the impending Java Card 3.x release, a personal view from Bertrand du Castel (one of the JCF founder members) about the birth of Java Card and the JCF, a blog by Eric Vétillard (previous Technical Committee chairman) and the original press release heralding the creation of the JCF in 1997.

Read the stories in full here

The impact of Java Card technology yesterday and tomorrow (Press Release)
Safran Identity & Security celebrates 20 years with the Java Card Forum

As a long-standing member, Safran Identity & Security takes part in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Java Card Forum, an industry organization dedicated to promoting and developing interoperable Java Card technology products. Until today, 20 billion Java Cards have been sold, and Java is the most common IT platform worldwide.

“Today we are working in the Java Card Forum on the definition of the next Java Card version, which is aimed at fulfilling the upcoming requirements of new markets, especially in the Internet of Things. We are convinced that Java technology will play a major role in the IoT.”

Read the whole Release here

The continuing journey of the Java Card Forum

Berlin, 6th February 2017 – The Java Card Forum (JCF) is proud to announce that it is celebrating its 20 year Anniversary in 2017. Back in 1997 a small group of smart card companies came together to form the Java Card Forum, to provide recommendations for the Java Card specification to Sun Microsystems – enhancing the platform to meet the needs of the smart security industry. This led to the publication by Sun (and later Oracle) of several releases of the Java Card specification over the years, effectively delivering Java Card technology’s promise of interoperability, security and multi-application support to the telecoms, IT security and financial services industries. With around 20 billion Java technology based smart cards deployed so far, the Java Card platform can be considered as a tremendous success and is today the most used IT platform in the world. And after 20 years, its work remains as relevant today as it did back in the 90s; now looking to support new markets such as the Internet of Things.

Read the whole Release here.

Remaining relevant after 20 years; The Java Card Forum

By Volker Gerstenberger, President of the Java Card Forum

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This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Java Card Forum. At first glance one could look at the Java Card Forum as just another industry association but I think it is so much more. Of course, just like any industrial initiative, it was set up to lay down technical groundwork – but it was also there to promote Java Card technology as a whole concept and platform.

Already in the very early days, the commitment to co-operation was quite unique – with several companies coming together to lay down the technical requirements of the first Java Card specification and passing these specifications to a third party who took on the responsibility to drive, test and make ready for market use. This kind of technological breakthrough was based on successful international co-operative standardization, perhaps only surpassed by the success story of GSM and similarly, as GSM has evolved, so has Java Card technology. Both have a similar commitment to succeed with close co-operation.

I am convinced that Java Card technology still has an important role to play and there is an increasing necessity in it providing security for the coming Internet of Things. Having said that – here’s to another 20 years!

Read the whole article here.