The Java Card Forum is 10 years old

The Java Card Forum was officially founded 10 years ago (in February 1997), and its initial members were Schlumberger, Gemplus, and Bull CP8. This creation was a formal move, since the first meeting only happened 2 months later. Nevertheless, this first move started the work on Java Card in all three companies, and also showed to Sun that the smart card industry was able to organize itself (since the the Java Card Forum predates the Java Community Process, we can claim to be the first industry-wide consortium to collaborate on the definition of a Java technology.

A few mergers later, Gemalto can now claim undoubtedly to be the originator of the Java Card Forum, since they include all the founding companies.

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