As a part of Microsoft's IT Forum'04, Hive Minded announced the first commercially available .NET-based smart cards. Hive Minded's .NET implementation enables smart cards to help provide secure network access to Microsoft computer systems and facilities.
Hive Minded's .NET implementation was independently developed using the specifications published by Microsoft through ECMA. It provides a compatible .NET implementation for smart cards, enabling developers and solution providers to leverage their current C# and Visual Basic skills and development tools for smart card development. As well as providing legacy smart card support, Hive Minded's .NET implementation simplifies integration into the IT organization through its use
of Microsoft's standard tools and Windows' communication protocols.
Plans include deployment of Hive Minded's .NET implementation at Microsoft's Redmond Campus.