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6th FEBRUARY 2017 – THE JAVA CARD FORUM CELEBRATES ITS 20 YEARS ANNIVERSARY
The continuing journey of the Java Card Forum

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.

The close collaboration of the original members is testament to their belief in the possibilities of this new platform and with the focus firmly on the telecoms market, the standardization of a SIM toolkit soon led to mass deployment of the technology. Other markets soon beckoned, and the JCF continued to work with Oracle on developing and enhancing the specification, with the release of Java Card version 3.0 in 2008 as a response to the growing importance of smart, secure, and portable devices in a convergent world. Java Card technology was seen as a key building block for 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, the Java Card platform could move beyond the standard smart card environment to a variety of different form factors.

“Java Card technology has always been a highly secure execution platform for innovative services: be it for SIM based services in the telecommunications area, smart payment services in the banking and financial service area or providing a secure environment for identity use cases such as passports, identity and health documents. This still holds true for today’s scenarios. There are a variety of use-cases for the platform and not all of them are card based,” explains Volker Gerstenberger the current President of the Java Card Forum.

“What is important to understand though, is how relevant Java Card technology remains today,” continues Volker. “With the advent of the age of the Internet of Things we are seeing more and more connected endpoint devices that need to be secured. We see additional new networks (such as Narrow-Band IoT, for example) that have to be protected and we are seeing the emergence of a variety of completely new and unforeseen services that need to be enabled from both a user experience perspective and more importantly, from a security perspective.”

“We are now working on the next version of the Java Card specification with the clear objective to address the Internet of Things security challenges. By this I mean new features supporting integration into IoT devices and new types of communication protocols and therefore becoming the new security powerhouse for IoT.”

The JCF plans to celebrate its 20 years with a number of different activities across the year – sign up to receive email updates (see side bar).

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23RD MAY 2016 – VOLKER GERSTENBERGER IS ELECTED NEW PRESIDENT AND BUSINESS CHAIR OF THE JCF

Volker_G h&sThe Java Card Forum (JCF) has announced the appointment of Volker Gerstenberger as the new President of the organisation, as well as head of the Business Committee. He was elected for both posts by the members, to replace the outgoing Bruno Basquin.

Volker is Director Product and Solution Marketing, Enterprise Security / OEM at Giesecke & Devrient GmbH (G&D) in Munich, Germany. Volker has served as the G&D representative in the JCF Business Committee since 2011. Having worked with Java Card technology since 2000, he brings a thorough understanding of the technology, the current and future market trends, as well as the business acumen to validate future investments into Java Card technology to the JCF leadership. He strongly believes in the principle of cooperation for joint success – so working closely together with the TC Chairman, the JCF members and Oracle, Volker will drive the advancements of Java Card technology in the years to come.

Speaking following his appointment, Volker restated the values established by his predecessor over the past eight years and pledged to continue: “I am highly motivated to promote and advance Java Card technology in close alignment with all members of the JCF. I strongly believe in the potential of Java Card technology to benefit new fields of deployment.”

Christian Kirchstaetter, head of the Technical Committee commented: “The Java Card Forum welcomes Volker in his new role. We are eager, together with the Business Committee experts and Volker’s guidance, to engage in the next steps of Java Card evolution and promotion.”

4TH NOVEMBER 2015 – JAVA CARD FORUM RETURNS TO BEIJING TO HOST OPEN DAY

On 4th November 2015, the JCF and Oracle hosted an Open Day in Beijing to provide an update on the technology and its capabilities, since their first visit in 2010. Attendees heard from Java Card experts how the platform can be used in a variety of markets, such as payment, transportation and ID – with additional opportunities arising in newer areas such as Mobile ID, Internet of Things and NFC. The full agenda can be found here

JUNE 2015 – ORACLE RELEASES VESION 3.0.5 OF JAVA CARD CLASSIC EDITION

The Java Card Forum is proud to announce that following its collaborative work with Oracle, version 3.0.5 of the Java Card Classic Edition has now been released and the development kit + specification are available for download.

“JCF members are happy to support the announcement of the release of Java Card 3.0.5,” explains Bruno Basquin, President of the Java Card Forum. “This new release is the result of the joint work between JCF members representing a large part of the smart card industry and Oracle. In addition to new features in the cryptography and biometry domains, it makes developers’ lives easier by bringing about significant programming simplification.”
“The JCF and Oracle will jointly present the new release in a series of events, the first one being scheduled for November in Beijing, ” adds Basquin. Details about the Beijing event will be available online early Autumn.

>> Download the updated specification here

18TH MARCH 2014 – JAVA CARD FORUM RETURNS TO HONG KONG TO HOLD OPEN DAY

Berlin, Germany and Hong Kong, 19th March 2014 – The Java Card Forum (JCF), an industry organisation dedicated to promoting and developing interoperable Java Card technology products, has returned to Hong Kong to hold one of its popular Open Days.

During the Java Card Open Day in Hong Kong on 18th March, Java Card experts shared successful implementations of the technology and explored future applications, demonstrating the solid credentials of a technology over 15 years in the making. Since 1997, Java Card Forum 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 9 releases of the Java Card specification, effectively delivering Java Card technology’s promise (interoperability, security and multi-application support) to the telecoms, government, IT security and financial service sectors. With over 12 billion Java technology based smart cards and devices deployed so far, the Java Card platform can be considered a tremendous success.

“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 Java Card Forum 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 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 Telecoms, Payment, Identity and Authentication 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,” continues 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.”

11TH DECEMBER 2013 – JAVA CARD FORUM’S FIRST OPEN DAY IN LATIN AMERICA

The Java Card Forum and Oracle hold most successful Open Day yet

Berlin, Germany and São Paulo, Brazil 11th December 2013 – The Java Card Forum (JCF), an industry organisation dedicated to promoting and developing interoperable Java Card technology products, has come to Brazil for the first time, to hold one of its popular Open Days.

During the Java Card Open Day in Brazil on 10th December, Java Card experts shared successful implementations of the technology and explored future applications, demonstrating the solid credentials of a technology over 15 years in the making. Since 1997, Java Card Forum 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 9 releases of the Java Card specification, effectively delivering Java Card technology’s promise (interoperability, security and multi-application support) to the telecoms, government, IT security and financial service sectors. With over 12 billion Java technology based smart cards and devices deployed so far, the Java Card platform can be considered a tremendous success.

“We have chosen Brazil as it is synonymous with technical innovation. Java Card technology has been at the fore-front of developments in the telecoms markets for many years, with government ID and payments sectors showing strong growth,” 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 Java Card Forum 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 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 Telecoms, Payment, Identity and Authentication 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,” continues 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.”

4TH DECEMBER 2013 – BRUNO BASQUIN TALKS ABOUT JAVA CARD FORUM’S NEW LOOK

Speaking about the release of the Java Card Forum’s new corporate identity, Bruno Basquin, President of the Java Card Forum, takes a minute to remind us why the Java Card platform remains so relevant around the world today.

18TH NOVEMBER 2013 – A NEW LOOK FOR THE JAVA CARD FORUM

The Java Card Forum launches its new Look and Feel to reflect its continued collaboration and innovation

Berlin, Germany and Paris, France, 18th November 2013 – Leading industry organization the Java Card Forum (JCF), dedicated to promoting and developing interoperable Java Card™ technology products, has today unveiled its new visual identity; providing a stronger industry presence and a clearer image for the organization going forward.

“After reaching our 15 year milestone last year, it was the perfect time to evaluate our visual identity to ensure it reflected today’s organization and where we are going in the future,” says Bruno Basquin, President of the Java Card Forum and Chairman of the Business Committee. “The logo and colour scheme modernize the JCF’s appearance and will enable clear recognition across all media, including social and broadcast media, as well as on smaller devices such as smart phones and tablets,” he continues.

The new logo symbolizes the organization’s long history of collaboration within the industry and its continued commitment to drive innovation for multi-application secure solutions. The JCF members worked closely with Krowne Communications GmbH in defining the new image, which includes a new website and documentation layout.

The Java Card Forum will continue to travel to different regions to promote Java Card technology and will hold its first Open Day in Latin America on 10th December in Sao Paulo with the new Look and Feel. Anyone wishing to find out more about this Open Day, should go to www.javacardforum.com for further details.