Bull Smart Cards and Terminals has introduced Uniprox, which it said is the first device capable of reading contactless cards regardless of manufacturer.

The universal reader would be well suited for the transportation industry and for controlling access to any secure area.

At the recent Cartes '98 conference in Paris, the Groupe Bull smart cards division demonstrated Uniprox with Smartprox, a card with a single chip that can be used both contactless and in conventional contact with a terminal reader. It is designed to hold multiple applications from multiple service providers and issuers.

"The combination of the Uniprox reader and Smartprox card is a high- performance response for facilitating electronic payments for transport tickets," said David Levy, chief executive officer of the Bull smart card unit. "One card for all applications ... and a single reader for all the contactless cards is a perfect example of technology making our everyday life easier."

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