Partnerships on the smart cards

Setec Oy is using Gitex to launch its latest smart cards, which are aimed at the government and enterprise sector. The Finnish company is also looking for partners to localise its offerings for the Middle East market.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  October 10, 2002

Smart card manufacturer, Setec Oy is using Gitex to launch its latest offerings, which are aimed at the government and enterprise sector. The Finnish company is also looking for partners to localise its offerings for the Middle East market.

“We are looking at forming new customer contacts in the Gulf area, as well as meeting potential partners,” says Fred Granberg, senior vice president, Setec.

“Many of our products are in need of local personalisation, in particular ID cards… [as well as] smart bank and credit cards, for which purpose we are looking for competent partners,” he adds.

At Gitex, Setec will be demonstrating its range of smart cards, including the Setec Instant electronic identity card (EID). The EID is a multifunctional card that can be used for securing workstation logins, e-mail encryption and digital signatures as well as for physical access.

Because the information is stored on the card and not the PC, it is more secure and flexible than a software-based security package.
“Setec's Instant EID smart card solution is the first generic product on the market that complies with international smart card standards and is therefore easy to use in different environments,” says Tommi Nordberg, senior vice president, Setec Group.

“It is a flexible solution and interoperable with all standard CA service providers’ products. An organisation that today uses soft certificates, can... instantly move to a more secure smart card based solution without any complications,” he explains.

At Gitex, the company will also be showcasing its other products, including public key infrastructure (PKI) for mobile phones. Granberg says that visitors to the show can see how Setec technology can make digital signatures over the air with a mobile telephone.

“In the Finnish Pavilion, there is a demo-room, where we will present our novelties and concepts upon request. Many of our demonstrations can be done on the stand,” adds Grandberg.

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