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SCM Microsystems Delivers Smart Card Readers for Belgiums National e-ID Program

Friday 29 October 2004 00:02 CET | News

SCM Microsystems has delivered smart card readers to international technology group Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) for use in Belgiums National e-ID program.

Belgium is becoming the first European country to standardize the electronic identity card. By the end of 2009, every Belgian citizen will be required to own an electronic ID card. To meet this requirement, close to ten million cards will be issued to the country’s citizens over the next three to five years. G&D specified SCMs Secure Trusted Readers, which will be installed at all Belgium municipalities for use with National e-ID smart cards. Secure Trusted Readers are dedicated to applications requiring high levels of security, such as the security needed for Belgium’s e-ID program. The Secure Trusted Reader is a programmable device that includes a smart card reader, a display and a secure PIN (Personal Identification Number) pad. It features embedded 1024 bit public key cryptographic functions for stronger authentication and a tamper evident design. The Secure Trusted Reader is based on SCMs proven STC II microcontroller and proprietary interface that brings a common set of advanced reader functions including flexible communications, compatibility with SCM’s highly successful SmartOS middleware and on-board flash memory that works with the cryptographic capabilities to provide seamless and secure firmware upgrades in the field. Secure Trusted Readers are fully tested and compliant with all smart cards on the market, Microsoft Windows and all relevant industry standards. The e-ID cards, valid for five years, will contain an embedded microchip storing the holder’s personal data, including date of birth, family tree, civil status, current and past addresses and military situation. The chip will also contain a digital certificate that will allow remote access authentication. With the card, users can access e-government applications, attaching an electronic signature to certify the authenticity of data transmitted when needed. These digital signatures will have the same legal value as hand written signatures. In addition, private companies such as banks expect to develop services that will leverage the electronic ID card. Initially the card will not contain biometric data, but this can be included at a later stage if deemed necessary.


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