Activcard Inc., a specialist in authentication technology with an emphasis on smart cards, has announced two alliances that are likely to enhance its visibility as an enterprise security vendor.

The Fremont, Calif., company, which grew out of Activcard SA in France, said last week that it had obtained the "Entrust-Ready" designation from Entrust Technologies Inc. of Plano, Tex. That eases the linkage between Activcard identity devices -- typically smart cards holding data encryption keys and digital certificates -- and one of the most popular public key infrastructures, or PKIs.

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