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.


Alexandre Frey is recognised by his peers
for exceptional contribution to Forum’s work

alexandre + volkerPicture: Alexandre Frey (left) receiving his “Bertrand” Award from Volker Gerstenberger (right), President of the JCF

Bucharest, 16th October 2019 – 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”. The JCF was keen to showcase the “Bertrand” as a visible recognition of the continued drive and dedication still shown by its Members, over 20 years since its inception.

Each year the Business and Technical Committee Chairs nominate a maximum of 4 Members who have made a significant contribution to Java Card technology and voting is then open to each individual JCF participant. Nominees must demonstrate one or more of the following attributes:

  • A major contribution to the current Java Card specification
    (e.g. use case proposal(s), solution(s) for identified issue(s))
  • A significant contribution to future Java Card specifications
    (e.g. use case proposal(s), potential new feature(s), solution(s) for identified issue(s))
  • A major contribution to the advancement of the usage of Java Card technology, either within traditional or new markets

The Award is then presented at each Autumn Plenary meeting.

This year’s nominees were Jean-Daniel Aussel from Thales, Olivier Chamley from IDEMIA, Luca di Cosmo from ST and Alexandre Frey from NXP – all strong candidates for the Award. During an Award Ceremony at the Plenary meeting in Bucharest, Alexandre Frey was announced as the winner of the first ever “Bertrand”.

“Alexandre was a well-deserved winner,” said Volker Gerstenberger, President of the JCF, who presented the Award. “Members were clearly impressed by the leadership qualities he demonstrated during the finalisation of the Java Card 3.1 specification recommendations and he embodies the spirit of involvement within the Forum that this Award was intended to recognise.”

“I’m delighted to win this Award,” declared Alexandre Frey, a Member of the JCF Technical Committee, “and feel honoured that my colleagues have voted for me. It’s wonderful to know that the hard work we all put into the Forum is appreciated by others in the industry.”

Author: Karen B

Karen has been working in the high-tech industry for over 25 years covering system support, event management, corporate publishing and secretariat support for special interest groups. As well as running the UK office, she is the Marketing & Operations Secretariat for the Java Card Forum. She is currently based in the UK.

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