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Sagem Orga and the Software Quality Lab at the University of Paderborn extend research cooperation

(PresseBox) (Paderborn, ) The smart card expert Sagem Orga GmbH and the Software Quality Lab (s-lab) at the University of Paderborn have extended their research cooperation by a further two years following one year of successful project work.

Next Generation Java Card is the new specification for Java on smart cards from Sun Microsystems GmbH. Among other things, this new standard envisages integration of a Web server and support of servlets. A servlet is an object that dynamically generates responses to queries. Servlets allow dynamic content to be added to a Java-based Web server.

The cooperation with s-lab relates to the current issue of servlets on smart cards. It builds on the first successfully completed project "Secure and high-performance standard Java implementation on a smart card platform", in which the prototype of a Java Virtual Machine for the Next Generation Java Card™ was implemented (see also http://s-lab.upb.de/Projekte/Javacard/).

The objectives of the new joint two-year project "Servlet container development and optimization of the testing process for the Next Generation Java Card" of the s-lab, which is under the scientific leadership of Professor Uwe Kastens and the Development and Quality Assurance departments of Sagem Orga, are:
- Integration of the Jetty servlet container in a Next Generation Java Card environment and
- Optimization of the testing process of Sagem Orga through the use of the formal methods of data flow analysis and model checking, with reference to the example of the Jetty servlet container for the Next Generation Java Card.

"The card of the future will be Web-enabled, i.e. communication with the card will preferentially be based on HTTP," says Carsten Rust, Project Manager at Sagem Orga. "Development of card applications will thus move closer to Web application development and so be possible for a larger number of developers. We aim to create the conditions for that as part of the project. Basic services on the card can be developed as servlets and so can be integrated simply by application developers in more extensive systems. A further goal in the project is to help make our quality assurance processes more efficient. Initial joint work on projects has shown that collaboration between research and industry benefits both parties: as an enterprise, we obtain new stimuli. And the researchers have the opportunity to apply new technologies in 'real' industrial projects."