1999 will be year for open platforms

1999 will be year for open platforms
Melanie Reynolds Schlumberger believes that this year will see the first significant deployment of open platform smartcards. This will help in the development of applications that will co-exist on the one smartcard. The company also believes that the PC application sector for smartcards is set for growth following Microsoft’s endorsement of smartcards. In particular, smartcards will be used for network security and enable e-commerce applications. “Once Microsoft’s marketing power is behind it that will drive the market,” said a Schlumberger spokeswoman. According to Schlumberger’s figures, the overall smartcard market grew 30 per cent last year and is predicted to grow the same amount again this year. Contactless cards will show the greatest change by doubling in number, although the volumes involved are comparatively small. Payphone cards are still the biggest market accounting for 70 per cent of smartcards but this share is predicted to drop to 50 per cent by 2002.


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