Schlumberger Smart Cards and Terminals said it has obtained technical certifications from Microsoft Corp. for its Reflex 20 and Reflex 72 smart card readers.
The readers have been deemed fully compliant with the standards of the PC/SC Workgroup, which promotes smart card connections with personal computers.
The compliance rating also applies to the PC98 specifications and Windows 95, 98, NT4, and 2000 operating platforms.
Schlumberger said organizations planning networked services that require high levels of security will be among the first to benefit, as the ability to "plug and play" will speed deployment of chip-card-based security across desktop and notebook PCs.
"The 'Designed for Windows' logo is the first thing customers look for when selecting system components," said Lucas Witkam, Schlumberger product line manager for prepaid cards and tools.