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PSCR 2020_Expanding the SIM Card Use Prize Challenge Overview



Michael J. Bartock, Conor Patrick, Matt Lourie, Shane Weeden


PSCR and a few partnering entities finished a recent PSCR sponsored prize challenge, the Expanding the SIM Card Use for Public Safety. The challenge requested solvers’ assistance to explore the possibilities and prove the Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC), commonly known as the SIM card, can be used as a secure storage container for application credentials. The SIM card is a tamper- resistant hardware storage container and, if it was expanded for storing user credentials, it could enable seamless, secure authentication to public safety applications. In addition to its strong security characteristics, the SIM card offers the following potential usability benefits for public safety: more user-friendly; allow networks to provision credentials over-the-air via a secure channel; and potentially enable device sharing by keeping sensitive information on the removable SIM card. The challenge had three finalists that were awarded prize money for their submissions in October 2019. This session will explain the goals, methodologies, and outcomes of the prize challenge. After a panel discussion of the purpose and benefits of the prize challenge, the winner of the prize challenge will give a demonstration of their winning solution.
Conference Dates
July 28-30, 2020
Conference Location
Boulder, CO
Conference Title
PSCR Stakeholder Meeting 2020: The Digital Experience


UICC, SIM card, Prize Challenge, Security, Authentication


Bartock, M. , Patrick, C. , Lourie, M. and Weeden, S. (2020), PSCR 2020_Expanding the SIM Card Use Prize Challenge Overview, PSCR Stakeholder Meeting 2020: The Digital Experience, Boulder, CO, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created October 28, 2020, Updated October 29, 2020