Sun Microsystems has announced that 1.5 billion devices around the world are powered by Java technology. This technology is present secure identity cards to mobile phones, printers, web cams, automobile telematics, desktops, medical equipment, servers, jet engines, the navigation controls for NASA's Mars Rover, and more.
New Java technology-based digital identity smart card deployments include the National Aeronautic and Science Administration (NASA) and the Government of Thailand. These new wins build on Java technology handset momentum,
currently deployed by 77 operators worldwide including AT&T Wireless, China Mobile, China Unicom, Cingular Wireless, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, and many others.
The company says that in the mobile data services market, new content has brought 2.5 and 3G networks to life worldwide, operators have standardized on Java technologies in handsets to power mobile data services and GSM SIM Cards to authenticate network access and SIM-based applications.
Java technology-based smart cards are also being adopted by many corporations and governments for identity solutions. In the traditional computing market, the growth of alternative desktops and the user requirements for Java technology have led to many new desktop licensing agreements, while the expansion of Java Web services is driving the adoption of the Java platform from server infrastructure to the edge of the network.
Sun highlighted new Java technology-based smart card deployments including:
National Aeronautic and Science Administration: NASA is planning to issue a Java technology-based "One NASA" smart card to increase agency security and simplify security management. The smart card helps ensure advanced levels of identity assurance and enables consolidation of all employee and contractor access cards into a single card for entry to NASA centers, facilities or computer systems. Beginning with trials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, NASA expects to ultimately deploy more than 100,000 smart cards by the end of 2005.
Government of Thailand: Simplifying access to government services and protecting against identity theft, the Thai government will begin issuing the first of 62 million Java technology-based smart cards to its citizens and government representatives in April 2004. The multi-function ID cards is designed to contain personal ID, fingerprints, tax, social welfare and social security numbers, agricultural data and healthcare data. Using the ID cards, citizens will be able to access government services at e-government kiosks nationwide and by smart card readers integrated into desktop computers.