The smart card maker Gemplus said it is cooperating with the Internet security vendor Symantec to upgrade the subscriber identity modules that it produces for wireless telephones.

Gemplus will add Symantec's VisualCafe, a widely used tool for developing software in the Java language, to its GemXplore software engineering package, which Gemplus said is the leading tool kit for the modules, or cards, that conform to the GSM standard -- Global System for Mobile communications.

Federico Benincasa, Internet tools business development manager for Symantec France, said his company was "very impressed" by the ability to combine VisualCafe with GemXplore. "We are confident that this tool will contribute to the widespread use of Java Card in the GSM industry."

Java Card is the applications programming interface promoted by Sun Microsystems Inc. and supported by much of the smart card industry.

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