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Infrastructure Standards for Smart ID-Cards Deployment



Ramaswamy Chandramouli, Philip Lee


Smart cards are being increasingly deployed for many applications. Typical applications are Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards (in Telecommunication), Micropayment (in Financial Transactions), Commuter Cards (in Urban Transportation Systems) and Identification (ID) cards. Although the market share of the smart cards used for identification applications (which we shall call as Smart ID-cards) within the overall Smart card market is relatively small, it is one of the fastest growing market segments. Not all components involved in a Smart ID card system infrastructure have standardized interfaces. There are also no robust messaging standards for exchange of information between the components in this infrastructure. However there are some efforts that are underway to partially address some of the ?Standards Gap? in this area. The focus of this article is to make the case for rapid development and adoption of these standards in order to enhance the overall security of Smart ID-card issuance, usage and maintenance as well as for facilitating faster and secure deployment through improved availability of secure, standards-conformant products.
IEEE Computer Security and Privacy Journal


Card Management Systems, Credential Provisioning, Identity Management Systems, Smart ID cards


Chandramouli, R. and Lee, P. (2007), Infrastructure Standards for Smart ID-Cards Deployment, IEEE Computer Security and Privacy Journal, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created September 6, 2007, Updated October 12, 2021