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by msecadm4921

Gemplus, provider of smart card based solutions, has announced that the European Commission has named it as leader of the largest consortium ever gathered for a cooperative research project in the smart card domain.

Called ‘InspireD’ the project will develop the new generation of smart card technology for Trusted Personal Devices (TPD), the firms claim. This embraces all kinds of secure portable devices, and allows users to connect to their preferred e-services wherever they are located. The EC has also granted funding for InspireD for a three-year period.
The InspireD consortium comprises 16 industrial and academic stakeholders from the European Smart Card arena. Headed by Gemplus, the team includes representatives from ActivCard, ARTTIC, Atmel, Axalto, Everbee Networks, France Telecom, Gemplus, Giesecke & Devrient, Infineon, INRIA, NDS Technologies, Oberthur Card Systems, Orga, Philips, the Université Catholique de Louvain, and the University of Twente. This is so far the only European Commission project exclusively dedicated to smart cards. It will create a new standard for open platforms for the entire smart card and security industry, the firms claim. All aspects of smart card technology will be studied, including the silicon component platform, the cryptography and security authentication protocols for data protection, operating systems, and the software application layers, according to the grouping. This will enable integration of Trusted Personal Devices in many IT applications, it is claimed.

About cards

Smart card adoption is gaining speed, the firms say, as governments and corporate entities deploy projects ranging from national identity to telecommunications, banking, e-commerce, and healthcare. With this growth comes the need to manage risk and ensure standards prevail as more solutions make use of smart card architecture.

Key pillars

The European Commission has created seven key pillars around the development of an ‘Information Society’ and ‘trust and security’ is one of them. As the ‘Information Society’ becomes more and more important to business and individuals, it is increasingly critical to ensure the security of both the infrastructure and the information that runs through it. As a result of InspireD, the firms say, users will see growing interoperability between a widening range of e-services of benefit to their daily lives, and they will be able to connect to them in an increasingly secure and intelligent environment.
Laurent Manteau, Gemplus and Christian Goire, Axalto, will present the aims and initiatives of the InspireD project during the e-Smart Conference, September 22 to 24, Sophia Antipolis, France.
(More information on the InspireD project – or

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