4 things you should know about secure eGov applications

4 things you should know about secure eGov applications

4 things you should know about secure eGov applications


Contactless technology is being introduced to all kinds of government-issued applications, from ID cards to e-passports. At NXP, security for eGovernment applications is a vital part of what we do as a company. We spend a lot of time creating better ways to protect confidential data and keep private information safe from harm. But a lot of this work happens behind the scenes, in our laboratories, away from the media and the publicity departments.

For the most part, we’re fine with that. Security is, after all, a business that requires a certain amount of discretion, and knowing what’s okay to reveal and what’s not. But sometimes it’s important to share our successes, so people can understand just how much we’ve accomplished in this area.

So here are four things we think you should know about our work in secure eGov applications:

NXP technologists and developers have been active in eGov applications for more than a decade.
We’ve helped security-conscious governments around the world issue ePassports, ID cards, health cards, vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses, and other documents that require the highest levels of security and protection. With each of these projects, our aim always remains the same: deliver innovation in credential management, with ever-increasing customer convenience.

More than 120 countries use NXP-based eGov solutions.
Countries including Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. count on NXP for its security expertise in egovernment applications.  And, according to the latest ABI Research report from 2016, NXP holds an eGovernment market share of 46%. That means more government agencies around the world trust our technology, and more people use our products whenever they cross a border or access a government service. You might even use our technology without knowing it – whether it’s in your passport, your health card, your driver’s license, or some other government-issued ID document.

We were the first BAC compliant contactless chip maker.
More than ten years ago, when the United Nations defined security requirements for machine-readable travel documents (MRTDs), through their International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), we were the first semiconductor company with a contactless chip compliant with their specifications for Basic Access Control (BAC). We’ve been a recognized leader in ePassports ever since.

NXP SmartMX products  are verified secure for smartcards.
Our SmartMX  family is one of the most advanced technologies available today for secure smartcards. Offering benchmark transaction speed, yet maintaining ultra-low power dissipation, SmartMX offers an outstanding balance of performance characteristics, while being highly compatible with the existing infrastructure and installed base of equipment. Unique features like the IntegralSecurity architecture, which forms the basis of SmartMX performance, and the GlueLogic method resist a wide variety of attacks. The SmartMX family has been verified by global certification institutions to comply with the highest standards of ICAO and ISO, and meets the strict requirements of the U.S. department of defense and the German federal government in terms of stability, reliability, and security. Also, the latest generation of SmartMX products have earned Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certification, the level deemed necessary to protect high-value assets against significant attacks.

Commitment to success
Put it all together, and NXP holds the leading position in secure eGov applications. Our success is, in part, due to our relentless commitment to innovation, our dedication to application excellence, and our ability to make trusted security solutions that are also easy for people to use.

Our customers rely on us to develop industry-leading security solutions that are quick to deploy and simple to maintain, and we’re committed to meeting those expectations, today and tomorrow.

Join the conversation
Do you have an electronic ID? What is your experience using it? Are there features you’d like to see added to your eID’s capabilities? Do you have concerns about the lack of eIDs in today’s government services?

Peter Schmallegger
Peter Schmallegger
Peter Schmallegger is Director of Secure Identity Marketing and is responsible for the global marketing and implementation of IC (integrated circuit) solutions in the area of ePassports. Peter coordinates marketing strategy and individual projects with governmental authorities, secure printing houses, and system integrators in cooperation with the NXP global sales team. Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the identification business where he held several management positions in development, operations and marketing. Peter holds a Master’s degrees in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Leoben, Austria and he received an Executive MBA degree from International School of Management in Paris and New York.

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