Press Release Summary:
Developed for securing privacy for e-Passports, anti-eavesdropping device prevents collection and interpretation of passport chip data during communication between e-passport and reader. Along with optical passport scanners, solution provides ability for reading optical and RFID information from all passport chips and operating systems, even when passport is equipped with BAC shielding.
Original Press Release:
Integrated Engineering Introduces Anti-eavesdropping Device
o Securing privacy for e-Passports
Integrated Engineering, a world leading company in the field of developing and manufacturing contact less smart card solutions, announced the introduction of its anti-eavesdropping chip reader for preventing the possibility of eavesdropping on privacy sensitive information contained on a passport. The company proved to have a mature anti-eavesdropping device on the last e-passport interoperability tests in Tsukaba, Japan.
Governments within ICAO have decided for security and easy border passage to introduce a RFID chip within passports. Since governments have decided to use both encrypted and non-encrypt data on the e-passport chips, the chips exposes passport holders to privacy risks, such as eavesdropping. The data in the electronic/RFID chip can be protected from unauthorized access via Basic Access Control (BAC) and or shielding. Without BAC the data is not encrypted. Both security features only provide protection against unauthorized access of the RFID data. The moment the data is read by an authorized reader, and not using BAC, the data is transmitted without additional security and could be eavesdropped on. Integrated Engineering's anti-eavesdropping device prevents the collection and interpretation, for example at a border checkpoint, of the passports chip data during the communication between the e-passport and the reader.
Mr. JP Hulsker, Managing Director of Integrated Engineering, remarks: "The eavesdropping risk is very real. It can even influence the success of the introduction and the confidence of the public in the e-passport. With our anti-eavesdropping device we can assure the privacy of the information in the passport when it is read by our device."
At the same time Integrated Engineering also introduces a new solution for reading RFID chips with optical passport scanners. The solution provides the ability for a single reading operation for the optical and for the RFID information for all passport chips and operating systems, even when the passport is equipped with shielding.
With the addition of the two new solutions, Integrated Engineering expands its range of contact less smart card products and services. Integrated Engineering offers a full range of e-passport reader solutions from ready to use readers to OEM modules with integrated and external tunable antenna's and software development suites.
ABOUT INTEGRATED ENGINEERING
Integrated Engineering is a leader in the smart card industry, which has developed high quality products that provide contact less smart card solutions. They assure customers global support through offices in The Netherlands (head office), Asia Pacific, and The United States of America. Integrated Engineering distinguishes itself through design and manufacture of trend-setting products providing innovative contact less smart security and identification solutions.
Integrated Engineering is an organization that continuously develops and markets its products and solutions focused in the area of physical and logical security, public transport, and retail. It is a Certified ISO 9001 company that remains flexible to act as an innovative partner meeting the changing needs of their clients. The products meet the increasing demand for intelligent smart card solutions based on world wide accepted standards like ISO 14443 and ISO 15693. They are a 'preferred partner' of Philips Semiconductors NV.
For further information and/or photo material, please contact:
Mrs. Milaine de Roos (Communication Manager)
Mr. Jan-Peter Hulsker (Managing Director)
T : +31 (0)20 46 20 755
F : +31 (0)20 46 20 756
E : milaine@smart-ID.com
I : smart-ID.com