Aconite Joins GlobalPlatform As a Full Member

16 September 2008

Aconite, a leading provider of management solutions for smart card, token and mobile chip applications worldwide, has joined GlobalPlatform as a Full Member. The move follows Aconite’s recent acquisition of the Affina® Enterprise Platform software from Datacard Group which extends its reach across the same market sectors for which GlobalPlatform develops international smart card specifications.

As a Full Member of the industry association, Aconite is entitled to take an active role in shaping the strategic direction of GlobalPlatform and the development of its technology by enjoying heavily weighted voting privileges, and the opportunity to nominate a representative for election to the Board of Directors. Representatives from the company can also participate in all of GlobalPlatform’s technical committees – card, device and systems – task forces and working groups.

Mike Woods, CEO of Aconite said: “Acquiring Affina Enterprise has enhanced our portfolio to provide smart card management solutions such as data preparation, personalization and card lifecycle management to customers in finance, government, transport and other sectors as well as banking where we have been traditionally strong. We understand the importance of remaining at the forefront of industry standards as we reach out to new markets, aligning our own advances with the latest technology and ensuring we continue to adapt to future customer needs.

“Looking ahead, Aconite is particularly interested in contributing to GlobalPlatform’s activity in the government sector and technology that the organization is creating to support the evolution of NFC-based mobile payments in the banking area. Our GlobalPlatform membership status will allow us to take an active role – from strategy through to finalizing technical details - in both the highly effective and proactive Mobile and Government Task Forces.”

Kevin Gillick, Executive Director of GlobalPlatform, adds: “GlobalPlatform members guide the direction of the organization and therefore the future development of industry-leading, open and interoperable standards for the whole smart card industry across multiple markets. It is without doubt that the expertise and wealth of knowledge offered by the Aconite team will add considerable value to our current and future initiatives.”

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