LOS ANGELES - Oberthur Card Systems, a smart card supplier, and Litton PRC, a smart card integrator now part of Logicon Northrop Grumman, have been awarded a contract to supply an additional 600,000 common-access ID chip cards to the Department of Defense, bringing the total to 700,000 cards in the past year.

The chips on the new cards store digital certificates and digital signatures for authorized personnel who may do paperless contracting and require secure access to buildings and networks.

"The U.S. government is an extremely important and highly selective customer that influences decisions globally," said Philippe Tartavull, president and chief executive officer of Oberthur Card Systems' North American division.

Oberthur teamed with smart card integrator Litton PRC, which has developed innovative applications that control physical and logical access. Because the smart cards use a Java-technology-based open platform, additional programs and applications can be added to meet Department of Defense requirements.

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