As it hinted when it announced its Norwegian franchise last month, there was more to Mondex International's first continental European beachhead than met the eye.

Posten SDS, the Mondex Norway co-owner with Telenor Conax, said last week that it was forming a smart card development center in Oslo along with Hitachi Europe Ltd., Mobile Business Systems, and the Student Service Organization for Oslo University. The Norwegian National Computer Center will provide consulting support.

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