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Safelayer and Datacard Goup standarise their secure identification and card customisation products

The two companies have worked together on some of the Spanish Administration’s most significant electronic identification projects.

Safelayer, leading Spanish supplier of PKI technology for electronic identification and signature, and Datacard Group, an international company and world leader in secure identification and card personalisation solutions, have signed an agreement to standardise their products.

More specifically, the standardised products are the Datacard SP55 Card Printer and Safelayer’s KeyOne, whose interoperability allows information to be stored on the RFID chip, cryptographic chip and magnetic strip, and even enables a photograph or other data to be printed for visual inspection.

The cards that are generated by KeyOne using these printers are versatile in that one card serves multiple functions, ranging from managing access and presence control in installations to including Single Sign On (SSO) in applications using the "Smart-Card Logon" offered by the Microsoft Windows operating system.

These cards also protect e-mail messages using the S/MIME protocol that offers security services relating to integrity, authenticity, confidentiality and non-repudiation of origin. They also offer the chance to electronically sign documents, which eliminates the use of paper and speeds up internal processes. Lastly, they manage authentication in virtual private networks (VPN) and secure Web servers.

Joint use of KeyOne and Datacard printers offers maximum security since KeyOne is certified by the Common Criteria EAL4+ standard under the security level 3 CIMC protection profile.

Moreover, both products offer maximum reliability and speed in card issuance since certificates are issued in real time at the same location where the person is registered, without the need to protect local databases because all critical information is securely stored in the Certification Authority.

Safelayer and Datacard Group have worked together on some of the Spanish Public Administration’s most important electronic identification projects. Given their scope and social relevance, it is particularly worth mentioning their collaborations with the Generalitat Autonomous Government of Catalonia (CATCert), the Basque Government (Izenpe), the Andalusia Autonomous Government (Receta Electrónica), Banco de España (Central Bank of Spain) and Canal de Isabel II (Madrid’s public water supply company).

As a result of such a fruitful collaboration, the companies have decided to renew the agreement to make their products interoperable, joining leading complementary technologies to successfully deal with the most complex and critical secure digital identification projects.

About Datacard Group

Datacard Group is a private company with an annual turnover of approximately 400 million dollars. It has over 1,400 employees around the world and a services and support network that extends over 120 countries. Its worldwide operations include development centres in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, India, Japan, Malaysia and the United States.

Datacard Group is the world leader in secure identification and card personalisation solutions, and the driving force behind a large majority of the most important card issuance programmes in the world. Their secure identification and card personalisation solutions are used on a daily basis for issuing millions of financial cards and ID documents.

About Safelayer

Safelayer Secure Communications S.A. is a Spanish company that was founded in May 1999 and is devoted to manufacturing security software solutions for managing digital identity, electronic signature and data protection. The company has developed all of its technology in Spain and is currently Spanish market leader in security. Today, Safelayer technology sustains the three major certification and digital identification projects in Spain: the Spanish Royal Mint, or FNMT, the Digital ID (DNI Electrónico) and the Digital Passport. Similarly, Safelayer technology ensures the NATO e-mail system.

Safelayer technology, based on open standards, is characterised by its strength, simplicity and flexibility and it is endorsed by the Common Criteria EAL2 and EAL4+ maximum quality certifications.

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