ANAHEIM, Calif. – Gemplus International S.A. announced at BAI that it has delivered 10 million of its Java Card technology-based GemXpresso smart cards to the financial services market. The firm said proliferation of Java Card technology has accelerated significantly in the last 18 months, most notably in the U.S. financial services market. So far smart card adoption has been weak in the U.S. It's an area CUNA Network Services recently announced it is getting into, saying it will tie smart card usage to security functionality. Shalini Chowdhary, senior industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan, said Visa U.S.A. has played a vital role in promoting Java Card technology sector by adopting the platform as the backbone for its smart Visa program Some analysts believe Java Card technology can help with the convergence of offline, online, and mobile services.

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