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matt goodwin
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Joined: Aug 22, 2001
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can anyone point me to information on how to use java to access a smart card reader?
Daniel Somerfield
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Joined: Jul 15, 2001
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Unfortunately, Java does not provide any built-in mechanism for accessing a smart-card. However, you need to look for vendors who provide a JCE driver (or any other Java API, for that matter) with their reader.
Warning! Self-promotion product pitch follows:
Once such vendor is my company, ISNetworks. We provide a JCA/JCE provider called Pinatubo which is a front-end for the Microsoft CryptoAPI. This means that you can use Pinatubo with smart-card readers that have a CryptoAPI driver, which most will. Of course, if you aren't on Windows, this isn't going to do you much good. Free download available at http://www.isnetworks.com/pinatubo.
Failing that, you are going to have to do some pretty serious JNI coding.
Thanks,
Daniel

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