Oracle, an American multinational computer technology corporation headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, in a recent statement on Wednesday, Jan. 16th 2019, announced the general availability of its Java Card 3.1, the latest version of a software technology that allows Java-based applications to run securely on smart cards and similar trusted devices with small memory footprint. With the latest Java Card update, the company aims at tackling the unique hardware and security requirements of both existing secure chips and emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, with much more flexibility.
The new release comes with features that address use cases across multiple markets ranging from telecom through to payments through to cars to wearables. The technology is apt at providing a secure and reliable environment for applications that run on smart cards and other trusted devices with limited memory footprint and processing capabilities. Every year an approximate six billion Java Card-based devices are deployed, making Java Card a leading software platform to run security services on smart cards and secure elements, which offer security to smartphones, banking cards, and government services.
Java Card finds emerging use-cases in: Smart meters and industrial IoT – Today’s sophisticated IoT smart meters and IoT gateways use Java Card for authentication of corporate services and protection of individual device credentials; Wearables – With Wearable and consumer electronics coming equipped with sensitive applications such as Near Field Communication (NFC) ticketing and payments, as well as for health tracking, Java Card is a potential security solution; Automotive – Car manufacturers can implement Java Card in car anti-theft security systems to help protect both the vehicle and sensitive data from physical and network attacks; and Cloud-connected devices – Java Card in cloud-connected devices can enable access to 5G or NB-IoT networks.