JavaCard Reader Drivers
By Rohan Pinto on Jan 18, 2008
In my effort to have a non vendor specific JavaCard reader application/applet. Here's something else I discovered. Well, this may sound silly The SmartCard/JavaCard reader neds to either be built into your desktops/laptops or you may need to use a external reader. You are free to buy a reader from any vendor and in the process of doing so, you would also receive the necessary PC/SC drivers from the vendor.
but to make life simpler, here's a small list of vendors that you may procure your smartcard reader from.
- SCM Microsystems
- Advanced Card Systems
- Athena Smartcard Systems
- Intertex IX
- Ankari (American Biometrics)
There may be some of you who may not want to go through he process of buying a reader and a smartcard but would still be interedted in testing the applet/application without shelling out any moolah. Well, I have something for those folks too. I suggest you use the Smart Card Simulator. TSCS is a program for Windows 32 simulating a terminal and a smart card. Neither a smart card nor a smart card terminal is necessary. Just install the software on your PC and start working with smart cards. With this software you can see ¨into¨ the smart card, create files, send commands and receive the response from the smart card.
The Smart Card Simulator offers you a wide variety of possibilities to learn and work with a smart card. It can be used to understand and to learn the principles of a smart card, design and test a smart card application, calculate typical execution times etc.