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3GI, Microsoft to Offer Internet Security Solutions

Smart card software developer 3-G International Inc. (3GI) entered a strategic relationship with Microsoft to deliver network and Internet security products that feature the Windows Powered Smart Card to various corporate, government and e-business customers.

3GI simultaneously released a suite of software development tools designed to streamline the development of applications for Windows Powered Smart Cards and achieve interoperability when using them with digital certificates in different browser environments. These tools will be made available to the public on the 3GI and Microsoft Web sites.

3GI offers both Internet security, authentication and electronic commerce products developed to allow multiple smart card readers and multiple smart card types to be integrated into a single system without worrying about hardware incompatibility.

"Microsoft's entry into the smart card market is probably the single most important event 3GI has witnessed in our eight year history in this industry," said Thomas L. Gregg, 3GI's president.

"Microsoft is pleased that 3GI has selected Windows for Smart Cards as its platform of choice for its PC and Internet security products," said Mike Dusche, program manager for Windows for Smart Cards at Microsoft. "Given the number of smart cards this company has issued in the U.S. market, Microsoft views this as a strong endorsement of our card operating system and a great opportunity to expand our market share."

3GI, founded in 1991, closed a round of private equity financing totaling $7.25 million last April.