Contactless technology is being introduced to all kinds of government-issued
applications, from ID cards to e-passports. At NXP, security for eGovernment
applications is a vital part of what we do as a company. We spend a lot of
time creating better ways to protect confidential data and keep private
information safe from harm. But a lot of this work happens behind the scenes,
in our laboratories, away from the media and the publicity departments.
For the most part, we’re fine with that. Security is, after all, a
business that requires a certain amount of discretion, and knowing
what’s okay to reveal and what’s not. But sometimes it’s
important to share our successes, so people can understand just how much
we’ve accomplished in this area.
So here are four things we think you should know about our work in secure eGov
NXP technologists and developers have been active in eGov applications for
more than a decade.
We’ve helped security-conscious governments around the world issue
ePassports, ID cards, health cards, vehicle registrations, driver’s
licenses and other documents that require the highest levels of security and
protection. With each of these projects, our aim always remains the same:
deliver innovation in credential management, with ever-increasing customer
More than 120 countries use NXP-based eGov solutions.
Countries including Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Nigeria,
Russia, the UK and the U.S. count on NXP for its security expertise in
egovernment applications. And, according to the latest ABI Research
report from 2016, NXP holds an eGovernment market share of 46%. That means
more government agencies around the world trust our technology, and more
people use our products whenever they cross a border or access a government
service. You might even use our technology without knowing it – whether
it’s in your passport, your health card, your driver’s license or some other government-issued ID document.
We were the first BAC compliant contactless chip maker.
More than ten years ago, when the United Nations defined security
requirements for machine-readable travel documents (MRTDs), through their
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), we were the first
semiconductor company with a contactless chip compliant with their
specifications for Basic Access Control (BAC). We’ve been a recognized
leader in ePassports ever since.
NXP SmartMX products are verified secure for smartcards.
family is one of the most advanced technologies available today for
secure smartcards. Offering benchmark transaction speed, yet maintaining
ultra-low power dissipation, SmartMX offers an outstanding balance of
performance characteristics, while being highly compatible with the existing
infrastructure and installed base of equipment. Unique features like the
IntegralSecurity architecture, which forms the basis of SmartMX performance,
and the GlueLogic method resist a wide variety of attacks. The SmartMX family
has been verified by global certification institutions to comply with the
highest standards of ICAO and ISO, and meets the strict requirements of the
U.S. department of defense and the German federal government in terms of
stability, reliability and security. Also, the latest generation of SmartMX
products have earned Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+
certification, the level deemed necessary to protect high-value assets against
Commitment to success
Put it all together, and NXP
holds the leading position in secure eGov applications. Our success is, in
part, due to our relentless commitment to innovation, our dedication to
application excellence and our ability to make trusted security solutions
that are also easy for people to use.
Our customers rely on us to develop optimized security solutions that
are quick to deploy and simple to maintain, and we’re committed to
meeting those expectations, today and tomorrow.
Join the conversation
Do you have an electronic ID?
What is your experience using it? Are there features you’d like to see
added to your eID’s capabilities? Do you have concerns about the lack
of eIDs in today’s government services?