Thursday, July 18, 2024

New OS Promises More Secure Smart Cards

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BIO-SLCOS is a smart card operating system that combines security, flexibility, and hardware independence on one platform.

Infineon Technologies and TrustSEC have jointly developed BIO-SLCOS, an advanced operating system (OS) for smart cards. The smart card will allow companies to create smart cards that can be used for payment or opening doors. Unlike the existing RFID cards which are used in hotels or at rooms or used for creating ID cards at institution, these new smart cards powered by Infineon’s BIO-SLCOS are highly secured which can’t be copied or duplicated easily.

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The OS employs Infineon’s new high-performance SLC38 Secure Element to provide a secured and open platform that integrates security, flexibility, and hardware independence to achieve ease of use, performance, and security requirements of the global smart card market.

“Our broad and rapidly growing portfolio demonstrates Infineon’s leading role in shaping the market for secure elements and smart cards,” said Franck Ferrandino, Senior Marketing Director, Connected Secure Systems at Infineon “Collaborating with partners, and TrustSEC in particular, has become essential to meet the new white label requirements for operating systems driven by issuers and service providers who prefer standardized payment applications based on alternative, modern smart card operating systems. This is why Infineon has selected TrustSEC’s BIO-SLCOS for the latest chipsets.”

BIO-SLCOS is a smart card operating system that combines security, flexibility, and hardware independence on one platform. The new BIO-SLCOS enables application providers to easily integrate SLC family of secure elements by using BIO-SLCOS with the capability to add another security layer for fingerprint authentication. As a result, biometric authentication can be easily adopted and integrated into new products, thus reducing the cost and time to the market for small designers.

The OS solution is based on Infineon’s SLC38 hardware and provides data integrity which is built on sophisticated security features tested by independent labs. In addition to managing file systems and I/O, the operating system also interacts with various applications. All products in the SLC family are rated with the highest security certification CC EAL 6+. Smart cards with BIO-SLCOS can also be used to run multiple applications simultaneously. Furthermore, the solution can activate the card based on the bio information provided or occasionally authenticate transactions while the card is active.

The BIO-SLCOS can support contact, contactless, dual and USB interfaces, moreover, BIO-SLCOS can be preloaded or programmed with fixed applications or enable application uploading after using the card manager module. The solution is suitable for use in government identification, payment, ticketing and access applications, as well as for application providers looking to enhance their biometric solution in terms of security, performance and functionality.


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