The Global Chipcard Alliance, a standards-setting effort initiated by telecommunications companies, said the German smart card company Orga has become its 18th member.

Jurgen Kempe, Orga's group sales and marketing director, pointed out that the company is a leader in smart cards designed to work with mobile phone systems. It has also done considerable work in multiple-application cards, an area in which the Global Chipcard Alliance is trying to promote cross-system and cross-industry interoperability.

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