The MULTOS Consortium set to celebrate 20 years of success

The MULTOS Consortium set to celebrate 20 years of success

Posted on 29 November, 2016 in Category

London, UK – 28th November 2016 – The MULTOS Consortium, a group of international blue chip organisations responsible for the promotion and development of the MULTOS specification will be celebrating 20 years of MULTOS during 2017 with a range of events and activities planned throughout the year.

Back in the early 1990’s, a team of technology experts at Platform 7 based in the UK, what was then a technical arm of NatWest bank, developed a highly secure smart card operating system to house an anonymous, offline, secure electronic purse application.  Due to the nature of the application, it was crucial that the platform supporting it offered optimum security, robustness, and longevity and would be suited to tamper-resistant hardware such as smartcard chips. The result was MULTOS, a multi-application smart card operating system, the first platform to achieve the highest security certification ITSEC E6 high at the time.

By 1997, the MULTOS standards were available, the founding companies were forming the MULTOS Consortium, and the first products were under development and well on their way to proving that a platform dedicated to open standards, real security and real multi-application environments was more than just a pipedream.    

Since then, MULTOS has evolved and flourished, adopted across the world by many financial institutions for their EMV, transit and instant issuance roll-outs, by government organisations for identity initiatives, and by corporate enterprises for access control systems. MULTOS also became the first smartcard operating system to achieve the highest level Common Criteria EAL7 security approval. With close to 1 billion MULTOS devices deployed, MULTOS is now a fully established, widely recognised technology that is highly regarded by the industry.  

Dave Meadon, Chairman of the MULTOS Consortium says “MULTOS has come a long way since it was first developed 20 years ago.  Its footprint in the global smart card market clearly demonstrates the relevance of the technology.  The Consortium is well placed to ensure that MULTOS continues to contribute to securing payments, identity and other applications in the future.”

Paul Wilson, Commercial Manager of the MULTOS Consortium says “Its 20 year success is a true testament of the robust and innovative, future-proof technology, constantly evolving to meet the needs of ever-changing security markets.  With the growing paradigm shift of the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices, demands for secure solutions will undoubtedly increase as cyber threats increase and evolve. MULTOS is well positioned to meet those security needs.  On behalf of the Consortium, I would also like to thank our friends and partners who have supported and contributed towards the success of MULTOS over the years. We look forward to the further expansion and adoption of MULTOS over the next 20 years.”

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About MULTOS:
MULTOS is the most robust, industry-backed operating system for smart cards and smart devices delivering high-security, simplicity and innovation to the world’s leading issuers, and also implementers of IoT solutions. With close to 1 billion secure MULTOS devices issued across 45 countries, thousands of issuers, including national governments, banks, corporate enterprises and transit authorities have taken advantage of the high security, multi-application platform for their deployment programmes. A wide range of applications including Chip & PIN (EMV) payment, contactless payment, authentication, digital identity, biometrics, loyalty mass-transit ticketing, as well as embedded IoT functions including smart meters and connected devices can be implemented and co-reside, using a MULTOS powered chip. 

Contact: Natsuko Callan
E: natsuko.callan@multos.com

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