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LOS ANGELES – Smart card supplier Oberthur Card Systems and Litton PRC, a smart card integration firm, have been awarded a contract to supply an additional 600,000 Common Access ID chip cards to the Department of Defense (DoD), bringing the total to 700,000 cards for the past year. The chips on the new cards store digital certificates and digital signatures for authorized personnel who may do paperless contracting and require secure access to buildings and networks. “The fact that we produced all the cards for the largest deployment of microprocessor chip cards using the latest Java-technology based smart card platform for a U.S. credit card giant was a persuasive demonstration of our technology and production capabilities,” said Philippe Tartavull, president & CEO of Oberthur Card Systems’ North American division. Because the smart cards use a Java-technology based open platform, additional programs and applications can be added in the future to meet the stringent requirements of the DoD. Oberthur teamed with Litton PRC, which has developed some innovative applications that control physical and logical access.

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