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ID Data plc, is to replace the JavaCard with the recently launched thin Java machine which uses ORIGIN-J technology. The recent exclusive global licensing agreement with OneEighty Software, enables ID Data to develop full Java smart card solutions using the ORIGIN-J™ platform, a technology developed by OneEighty Software.

Currently JavaCard is a highly specialised, limited variant of Java technology, used in many smartcards. The thin Java machine provides a standard Java capability, where
the ORIGIN-J technology overcomes the issues faced by developers particularly price and interoperability. The open interface allows customers to build applications using standard Java methods and tools. A memory management facility for smart cards that frees up memory for reprogramming and more efficient use is offered through ORIGIN-J for the first time.

ORIGIN-J allows for full multi-threading and other features of Java to be used even on 8-bit processors. This feature will encourage the launch of truly affordable multi-application cards in the rapidly expanding markets of GSM, Banking Security. This technology will advance the industry and add significant future enhanced value to the smart card industry.

The team behind OneEighty Software is led by Dr Peter Dzwig and Dr Russell Winder, former Professor of Computing at Kings College, London, who have spent the past four years developing solutions for Java, allowing complex processing via compact programs. This was based upon the work of Bernard Hodson, the Alan Turing protégé and using concepts allied to the Turing machine.

Peter Cox, CEO of ID Data commented: “This contract has advanced our group’s capabilities of becoming a global leader, and again demonstrates the Company’s ability to bring truly innovative solutions to the market and create demand. The agreement will develop our position as a significant provider of IP that can be used by the global community to develop the smart card and its applications. This technology will advance and add significantly enhanced value to the smart card industry.”

Peter Dzwig, CEO of OneEighty Software said of ORIGIN-J: “We have spent much effort developing this leading edge technology, and feel confident that we have a dynamic partner who will exploit its commercial capabilities in the Java market and assist us in further developments for the future.”

The unique features of ORIGIN-J are its scalability and compactness, which allows applications to be run on a wide range of silicon using Java, without the limitations of the current Java offerings from ID Data’s global competitors

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For further information, please contact:

ID Data plc
Peter Cox, CEO
Email: Tel: +44 (0) 1536 207 000

OneEighty Software Limited
Peter Dzwig, CEO Tel: +44 (0) 20 8680 8712

Issued by:

Bankside Consultants Limited
Henry Harrison-Topham / Russell Elliott
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7444 4140

Note to Editors:

ID Data plc

ID Data plc is the UK’s largest supplier of secure transaction systems and smart card to the international telephony, banking, retail and secure access sectors. The Company strategy has moved from commodity products into value-added services and solutions, which has created a solid platform on which to build further growth. Clients include Vodafone UK, BT and C & W, Barclays Bank, Tesco, and Exxon Mobil. ID Data has formed agreements with major global corporations to ensure rapid market development as shown by their partnerships with Toshiba & Toppan, and Total Systems Inc. of the United States of America. ID Data has now delivered in excess of 60 million chip cards for the telephony sector. The Company was founded in 1988, and was listed on the AIM in October 2000.


OneEighty Software Ltd

The Company was founded in 1989 as GENETIX Software Inc. in Canada. OneEighty has developed a unique architecture, which enables ultra compact coding.

ORIGIN-J is a Java Virtual Machine (JVM), which enables Java to be implemented in memory constrained embedded systems such as smartcards, control systems and portable devices. Existing JVMs are too large to be effectively used on such devices, however ORIGIN-J overcomes this by reducing Java applications down to a very small memory footprint.

OneEighty’s ORIGIN-J platform is designed to deliver ultra compact embedded systems from smart cards to PDAs as well as brown and white goods.


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