Samsung security contactless RFID IC selected for transportation cards in Germany

Samsung Electronics has announced that its secure contactless smart card chip has been selected by the VDV-Kernapplikations GmbH & Co. KG (“VDV-KA”), the Association of German Transport Undertakings, to power eTicket Deutschland cards starting from mid 2013. eTicket Deutschland is VDV-KA’s electronic fare management standard in Germany and over eight million transportation cards are expected to be issued throughout Germany from 2013 to 2016.

Based on Samsung’s own proprietary core, SecuCalm, and fabricated on 90 nanometer process technology, the secure smart card chip, the S3CT9K7, holds 20 kilobytes (KB) of storage and supports both contact and contactless interfaces. The IC has received Common Criteria EAL 5+ certification by the German Federal Office for information security and complies with the strict security standard that VDV-KA requires, including public key cryptography based on RSA algorithm.

This is the first rollout of Samsung’s smart card ICs in the German transportation market, owing to close collaboration with partners including the OS solution provider ZeitControl cardsystems GmbH. With the adoption of Samsung’s smart card IC, which provides interoperability throughout the German territory.

“We are pleased to offer our smart card IC in the German transportation market, while fulfilling the needs of open standard and the highest security level for the transportation segment,” said TH Kim, vice president of marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics. “Through this successful entry into the transportation card market in Germany, Samsung will continue to expand the adoption of its smart card IC solutions in various applications for global ID and banking services.”

“The collaboration with Samsung enables ZeitControl to develop a flexible, cost-effective and fast BasicCard Applet that helps to reduce card transaction time to the lowest level ever” said Wolfgang Salge, CEO of ZeitControl cardsystems GmbH. “Samsung’s contactless IC portfolio offers a secure, reliable, convenient, affordable and future-oriented technology for the benefits of the transportation industry, enough to support needs for multi-application implementations to combine ticketing with payment and value-added service on the cards.”

Samsung’s smart card chips are currently deployed throughout a wide range of security areas globally including banking e-Government programs and automatic fare collection.


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