Embedded secure elements for integrating cryptographic functions
Integrate cryptographic functionalities into IoT by embedding a secure element into an existing electronic control unit (ECU)
Smart cards are a well-established, mature technology for improving the trustworthiness and accountability of electronic transactions by providing a secure proof of identity of the card holder.
Due to the requirements of national or international regulation like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)) and cost reduction demands, smart cards are increasingly being introduced into different fields in the public and private sectors — namely for e-government, e-administration, social services and tourism, as well as for IT and physical access control in enterprise environments. Smart cards offer a multitude of applications, like eID, ePassports, citizen cards, health insurance and health professional cards, employee badges, drivers licenses, signature cards, and loyalty cards.
Through our leading CardOS® solutions, we provide you with smart cards that guarantee identity and control access, making you more efficient in your business and your interactions with customers and citizens. CardOS from Atos is a multifunctional, native smart card operating system, which is extendable by customized packages to amend or adjust the operating system functionality.
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Efficiency and reliability
CardOS smart cards deliver enormous security benefits , which boosts efficiency and productivity and reduces material and operational costs — as well as the costs associated with information loss
Because Atos is experienced in the security needs of every industry, we can tailor-make a solution for your business that precisely matches your processes, needs and goals
CardOS smart cards are based on Infineon chips and our own high-end CardOS operating system, which meets the strictest quality requirements and is compatible with all relevant smart card standards
Atos integrates smart card solutions across your business processes:
- Central user administration, role administration and single sign-on systems with smart cards
- Document encryption and digital signatures with smart cards (e-mail, documents and media)
- Security solutions with smart card technologies
- Embedded security solutions with smart card controllers
The possible solutions with smart cards include:
- Identification (access, ID-cards, passports)
- IT access (logon, boot protection, file/folder/media encryption)
- Physical access and access control/supervision (buildings, special areas or rooms, garage)
- Document authentication by digital signatures (document archives, workflow solutions)
- Payment solutions (canteens, vending machines)
- Service authorization (tourism, social services)
- Authentication with one-time passwords (OTP)
CardOS – benefits at a glance:
- Secure identification and authentication
- Secure, integrated electronic processes
- Support for electronic signatures
- Cost reduction through simplified processes
- Data protection through encryption
- Simple operation, high rate of acceptance
CardOS, certified Smart Card operating system for employee identification – and ID card projects
CardOS API, middleware for application use through CardOS Smart Cards
CardOS OTP, one-time password generation with CardOS
CardOS DI, the multifunctional smart card operating system with dual interface for the highest demands
CardOS IoT, the security controller solution for IoT applications
Use cases with Infineon
Atos provides embedded device security products through the Infineon Security Partner Network, with a solution for connected cars and smart homes.
Infineon Security Partner Network (ISPN)
Launched in 2015, the ISPN is a unique platform of security experts who address a broader IoT ecosystem with easy-to-implement, hardware-based security solutions.
With expertise in specific applications and markets, Infineon security partners cover the entire value chain, from design consultation to systems integration and service management.
Security for the connected world
In an increasingly connected world, securing the interaction and communication among people, electronic devices and infrastructures becomes the top priority. Addressing this need for security is the charter of Infineon, the leading provider of security solutions. Infineon offers tailored, ready-to-use security solutions that serve a wide range of applications — from smart cards to new, emerging IoT use cases.
Outstanding security expertise and technology innovation based on almost 30 years of experience, system competence and a broad security solution portfolio focused on customer needs make Infineon the preferred security partner.
Use case: Automotive
The Atos solution is based on a dedicated security controller that can be easily integrated into an existing electronic control unit (ECU) without major impact to the complete board design. Infineon’s SLI 97 was selected as the security chip to provide the required automotive qualification and the requested performance for automotive applications. In addition to the chip platform, Infineon provides a cryptographic library which supports the cryptographic functionality.
On top of this platform Atos implemented its CardOS® operating system, which performs the cryptographic functionality over standard interfaces like ISO 7816, SPI or I2C. CardOS is a multi-functional native operating system that provides a high level of flexibility by adapting the file structure. In addition, it is extendable by customized packages to amend or adjust the operating system functionality.
To make implementing cryptographic functionality easier, Atos also offers the CardOS API, an abstraction layer which can be used to access the keys and cryptographic functionality of the Atos secure element via high-level interfaces like PKCS#11 or automotive specific standards.
Use case: Smart home
The Atos solution is based on a dedicated security controller which can be easily integrated into an existing smart home controller without deeply affecting the board design. Infineon’s SLE 78 was selected as the security chip to provide state-of-the-art security as known from the smart card area as well as the required hardware interfaces. In addition to the chip platform, Infineon provides a cryptographic library which supports the cryptographic functionality.
On top of this platform Atos implemented its CardOS® operating system to deliver cryptographic functionality over standard interfaces.
The CardOS API abstraction layer can be used by appliance developers to access the keys and cryptographic functionality of the Atos secure element via high level interfaces.
Smart Cards that meet the most demanding requirements
Our CardOS Smart Cards are based on Infineon chips and our own high-end operating system. The security solution is completed by CardOS API, proven, widely-used software that seamlessly integrates CardOS smartcards in all relevant system environments. With this powerful package, the infrastructure can be adapted flexibly at any time to keep smart card administration uncomplicated, cost efficient and secure. Security from Siemens IT Solutions and Services is that simple.
CardOS Brochures and White Paper
Brochure: CardOS Secure Elements in automotive solutions with Infineon: Using cryptographic functionality to secure embedded platforms in the automotive market.
Brochure: CardOS Secure Elements for Smart Home Applications with Infineon: Using cryptographic functionality to secure embedded platforms in smart home applications.
White paper: IoT Security Suite: Discover how to protect IoT deployment through four steps: analytics, identity and lifecycle management, data security, and communications.
CardOS V6.0: multifunctional smart card operating system for certified multi-application solutions
CardOS V5.5: multifunctional smart card operating system for non-certified applications
CardOS V5.4: multifunctional smart card operating system for eIDAS compliant signature applications
CardOS API: powerful integration
CardOS IoT V5.4: security controller solution for IoT applications
CardOS IoT Evaluation Kit: implement security into your IoT device
CardOS FIDO2: secure and convenient authentication with CardOS smart cards
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