Infineon to supply security controllers for Slovakian eID cards

Infineon has announced that its security controllers have been selected for a deployment of eID cards in the Slovak Republic. According to the company, 20 of the 35 countries around the world that have introduced eIDs with online functions are in Europe. More than 70 percent of these European deployments include technology from Infineon. According to EUROSMART, the international association of the smart card industry, a total of more than 150 million eID cards with an online feature had been issued in

INSIDE Secure and Intrinsic-ID team up for secure microcontrollers for smart cards

INSIDE Secure and Intrinsic-ID have announced they are bringing to market a new class of secure microcontrollers for smart cards and other applications that apply Hardware Intrinsic Security (HIS) for cloud-based transactions. Hardware Intrinsic Security technology uses the unique attributes of a device to extract security keys.  By combining INSIDE’s proven secure microcontroller designs with patented HIS technology from Intrinsic-ID, the companies say they can use the unique physical characteristics of each chip to protect cryptographic keys, and subsequently make devices extremely

Infineon and Oracle team up for smart card solutions

Infineon Technologies has announced that it will work with Oracle to provide secure smart card solutions for the development of government applications. According to Infineon, it will introduce the industry’s first security controller using Oracle’s implementation of Java Card 3.0 Classic. The new card will include Infineon’s SLE 78 with Integrity Guard. “Open platform solutions are becoming more and more important in secure government ID applications. The truly global Java Card standard allows government authorities to easily adapt ID solutions to their

Smart Card Alliance publishes white paper on smart cards and NSTIC

The Smart Card Alliance has developed a new white paper focused on smart card technology and strong credentials within the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). According to the Alliance, as a group, it is promoting the adoption of the NSTIC framework, saying that it strongly agrees with the use of federal, state and local government initiatives to accelerate the development of an identity ecosystem. At the same time, says the Alliance, existing procedures, standards and technology should be

Mauritius set to introduce biometric ID cards

The Mauritius Government is set to issue new biometric smart ID cards, set to cost the country roughly $40 million. Set to be issued in September 2013, the smart cards are seen as a way to increase security and improve public services for Mauritians as well as quell fraud, according to a report in Africa Review. The new ID cards will include an electronic chip containing biometric information, and will be issued to Mauritians over the age of 18. The

Israel’s biometric database pilot begins today

Israel’s controversial biometric database pilot project starts today, though so far, reception hasn’t been incredibly warm. As we’ve reported in BiometricUpdate.com, the initiation of this pilot project has been a long process in Israel. Parliament first started talking about the database project in 2009 and a trial was set to begin in January, though there were a number of issues which saw this launch date pushed until today. The Israel High Court of Justice held a hearing earlier this year

Gemalto outlines security features on South African eID cards

South African ID cards are set to be rolled out next month and according to Gemalto, specific integrated security features make them particularly difficult to forge. As we reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Gemalto will supply the Government Printing Work of South Africa with Sealys eID cards for the country’s national identity program. Designed to modernize and replace South Africa’s traditional, paper-based ‘green book’ identity documentation, the new Sealys eID card will be offered by the Department for Home Affairs (DHA) to citizens aged

Department of Homeland Security looks to upgrade personnel ID cards with $100 million RFP

The Department of Homeland Security has published a request for proposal, seeking a decade-long project to upgrade personnel identification cards. Reported in Nextgov, contracting documents related to this request show that about 161,924 cards will be replaced in 2013 and 116,172 cards will be replaced in 2014. According to project plans, “the present Identity Management System was designed in 2008 and has remained basically unchanged since its inception. New more capable methods are now available that must be evaluated and implemented

Tyfone unveils new smart card solution

Tyfone has officially unveiled its Connected Smart Card – a combination of hardware, software and hosted services – aimed at financial government, healthcare and other enterprise communities. According to the company, this new solution combines centralized data with local, device validation to strengthen and simplify the centralized storing of passwords, as well as biometric data. “Criminals have always robbed banks because ‘that’s where the money is,’ but today’s cybercriminals prefer the centralized databases that store individuals’ passwords because with passwords they

NIMC and MasterCard announce Nigerian national identity smart cards

The Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and MasterCard have jointly announced at the World Economic Forum on Africa, the introduction of 13 million MasterCard-branded National Identity Smart Cards, which include electronic payment capabilities as a pilot program. “We have chosen MasterCard to be the payment technology provider for the initial rollout of the National Identity Smart Card project because the Company has shown a commitment to furthering financial inclusion through the reduction of cash in the Nigerian economy,” Chris Onyemenam, the