Solutions for National ID cards
Electronic National ID cards bring value to cititzens: besides improving security they can provide advanced governmental services such as digital signature, electronic vote and online authentication.
National eID cards have seen a tremendous rollout within the last few years. High volume projects in emerging countries like Indonesia are in deployment now, as well as high-end solutions like those in Germany. There are already more than 40 projects running worldwide, of which 25 are based upon NXP technology, while more than 60 projects are in preparation. Most of the new solutions use contactless technology to meet the required lifetime of 10 years and provide more convenience for end users.
National eIDs specifications differ significantly from country to country. On the one hand, there are cost optimized implementations relying on symmetrical authentication methods in the field. These mainly address the need to securely authenticate identities of citizens. On the other hand there are also highly sophisticated solutions based on the latest authentication schemes like PACE and EAC2.0 that include a dedicated application for secure online authentication. eGovernment services as well as trusted eCommerce services can be provided over the internet based on secure mutual authentication mechanisms. A qualified electronic signature (QES) application typically rounds up the feature set of such an eID. The QES replaces a hand written signature in electronic correspondence and provides legal certainty as well as non-repudiation.
Both examples above are based solely on contactless technology. While being as secure as contact based technology, the advantages with respect to convenience, total cost of ownership and flexibility clearly recommend contactless technology as the interface technology of choice.
For these types of documents, controlling access to sensitive personal information is a fundamental requirement. Our secure smart card IC product families feature highly advanced counter-measures against attacks as well as hardware firewalls, ensuring personal data stays safe and secure on the chip. As a result, 74 Common Criteria EAL 5+ security certificates have been awarded to NXP’s SmartMX family and a Common Criteria EAL 6+ security certificate to our latest SmartMX2 family.