Oberthur and TrustBearer Labs demonstrate the first European E-Citizen Card for use with online services

October 31, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Oberthur Technologies and TrustBearer have partnered to provide electronic European Citizen Card cardholders with the first simple, secure way to use their smart card to authenticate to e-government services and web-based applications, including financial and consumer applications. European governments will now be able offer secure, private online services to citizens using the same cards they have issued for identification.

"This new generation of Oberthur Technologies identity documents combined with TrustBearer authentication solutions will considerably simplify the use of e-government services by the citizens with a high security level." comments Xavier Fricout, , Identity Division Deputy Managing Director. "It perfectly enhances the portfolio of identity solutions for governments of Oberthur Technologies."

The European Citizen Card is an open application standard, defining logical data structure, security and privacy mechanisms of the data and interface and communication protocols. Identification, authentication, electronic qualified signature are the main services offered by the European Citizen Card. The issuance of the European Citizen Card and its use to access
online services will be presented during the exhibition "Cartes & Identification 2008" at Villepinte.

Using the TrustBearer access product, Oberthur will provide a solution that will work with plug-and-play functionality on all operating systems and web browsers. Removing the need to download and install middleware, the solution eliminates the need for client-side passwords and makes the process simple for citizens.

With TrustBearer Access, Oberthur Technologies will be offering the only solution that will work with any service that accepts OpenID and SAML credentials and provides mutual, multi-factor authentication for the client, server, and user. Web services currently using password as a method for authenticating users will also be able license the solution, as a cost-effective way to securely identify users and protect against phishing and man-in-the-middle attacks.

"TrustBearer's model is to make the usage of smart cards and PKI ubiquitous over the web. It is a solution that works today and we already support many major European national smart cards and the US government PIV, TWIC, and Common Access Card credentials. By working with Oberthur, we were able to quickly support the European eCitizen card in all our suite of online applications without requiring users to install new software.

About Oberthur Technologies

With sales of 733.4million Euros in 2007, Oberthur Technologies is a world leader in the field of secure technologies. Innovation and high quality services ensure Oberthur Technologies' strong positioning in its main target markets:
• Card Systems: One of the world's leading providers of security and identification based on smart card technology and associated services for mobile, payment, transport, digital TV and convergence markets.
• Identity: International player for the manufacture and personalization of secure identity documents such as passport, identity card, driving license or health care card - traditional and electronic - and associated services for both governmental and corporate markets.
• Fiduciary printing: World's third largest private security printer specialized in high security for the production of banknotes, checks and other fiduciary documents in more than fifty countries.
• Cash protection: World leader in the emerging market of intelligent systems to secure cashin-
transit and ATM.

Close to its customers, Oberthur Technologies benefits from an industrial and commercial presence
across all five continents. The company is listed on the Euronext Stock Exchange (ISIN: FR0000124133) since July 2000.


About TrustBearer

TrustBearer Labs provides digital identity software solutions that allow organizations to easily deploy applications for security devices such as smart cards, biometrics, and USB tokens. TrustBearers' products simplify the usage of security devices and PKI credentials by combining them with easy to use web-based applications that are centrally managed and work across all major web browsers and platforms. TrustBearer also provides services as a replacement to traditional PC middleware for smart card login, digital signature, and email protection.