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GlobalPlatform Launches Card ID Configuration for the Identity Market

27 February 2012 – GlobalPlatform, the organization which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology, has published its Card ID Configuration v1.0 to deliver an easy to use implementation guideline for smart card-based government identity services. The technical document forms the first step in GlobalPlatform’s government roadmap to become the trusted resource for issuing authorities when rolling out multi-application secure chip-based solutions in this sector.

The GlobalPlatform Card ID Configuration provides government issuing authorities with a definitive guide on how to implement interoperable chip-based identity solutions in accordance with GlobalPlatform Card Specification v2.2. The document - which has been developed in alignment with global standards, government security mandates and in support of the advanced encryption standard (AES) - enables project coordinators to gain access to the relevant technical information, in a simple and user-friendly format.

With more security mandates being issued for the implementation of various government e-identity documents and e-services (e-passports, e-driving licenses and digital signature for example), more government issuers are moving towards deploying these applications on one multi-application card. Because of this there is a growing need for one standardized infrastructure. This latest configuration from GlobalPlatform will therefore act as the central configuration specification to assist new issuers in deploying up-to-date smart card technology and be a reference point for existing issuers looking to migrate to the latest GlobalPlatform Specifications. Adhering to this specification will also enable issuing authorities to be ready to support services from vertical sectors.

Gil Bernabeu, Technical Director of GlobalPlatform, comments: “The launch of this market driven initiative will enable governments to develop an interoperable e-identity infrastructure using off-the-shelf card and issuance solutions able to support various government services. This card configuration also supports the development of public and private sector partnerships to deliver innovative services such as payment and transport.

“As a next step, GlobalPlatform plans to extend its compliance program to validate that products and solutions used in e-identity projects comply with the functionality outlined in the Card ID Configuration. Once completed, this will be an invaluable resource for governments deploying and managing identity documents.”

The configuration document is free for GlobalPlatform members and available for purchase by non-members for US $1,495, via the GlobalPlatform website.


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GlobalPlatform is a cross industry, not-for-profit association which identifies, develops and publishes specifications which facilitate the secure and interoperable deployment and management of multiple embedded applications on secure chip technology.  Its proven technical specifications are regarded as the international industry standard for building a trusted end-to-end solution which serves multiple actors and supports several business models.

The freely available specifications provide the foundation for market convergence and innovative new cross-sector partnerships.  The technology has been adopted globally across finance, mobile/telecom, government, healthcare, retail and transit sectors.   GlobalPlatform also supports an open compliance program ecosystem to ensure the long-term interoperability of secure chip technology.

As a member-driven association with cross-market representation from all world continents, GlobalPlatform membership is open to any organization operating within this landscape.  Its 75+ members contribute to technical committees and market-led task forces.

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