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Safelayer invited by Spain to participate on the European Commission’s technical committee for standardizing the electronic passport

Along with the Spanish National Police, Safelayer is taking part in the Brussels Interoperability Group (BIG)-technical subgroup of the Article 6 Committee of the European Commission-for coordinating the design and deployment of the second generation of European travel documents. Safelayer is providing technology for ePassport and eID security infrastructures.

PRNewswire/Safelayer Secure Communications S.A., the market leader in security and trust for information and communication technologies, is taking part with the Spanish National Police in the BIG (Brussels Interoperability Group) technical committee being attended by EU Member States.

Safelayer's participation in the BIG technical committee involves providing support to the Spanish National Police and playing an active role in the technical and development process for the next generation of ePassports. This next generation of travel documents, which incorporates the Extended Access Control (EAC) security mechanism to guarantee the privacy of the electronic identification personal data, will be adopted by EU and European Economic Area countries.

The BIG is the technical working group designated by the Article 6 Committee of the European Commission for coordinating the technical development of the next generation of electronic passports. Its mission is to recommend technical guidelines to Member States. According to Francisco Jordan, CEO of Safelayer, "the BIG's role is to develop and implement the European Union's strategy for creating interoperable electronic documents. Safelayer's participation in the BIG is the outcome of the company's strategy built upon standards and quality".

The first deployments of this type of electronic passport, which will incorporate electronically verifiable biometric identification information, are expected to be seen from June of this year. The EAC mechanism provides these electronic documents with greater security, protecting against the copy and fraudulent use of personal identity information. EAC requires a security infrastructure that will allow each Member State to control which domestic and foreign inspection systems can access the personal information on the electronic passports. This infrastructure is based on PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) and digital certificates, and it requires a significant coordination effort from EU countries.

Safelayer's KeyOne technology-for digital identification, electronic signature and data protection solutions-provides the PKI components for the Extended Access Control (EAC) security infrastructure for the second generation electronic passport and the Basic Access Control (BAC) for the first generation ePassport, which was standardized by the ICAO. Jordan says, "Safelayer provides technology for managing critical identity projects that can deal with large volumes of users, as is the case with the Spanish citizen identification project. For the first and second generation of electronic passports, Safelayer security solutions meet all scalability, reliability and interoperability requirements and the strictest security standards."

The interoperability of the Safelayer solutions was demonstrated in the last international ePassports EAC Conformity & Interoperability Tests organized by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, the European Commission's "Article 6 Committee", the Brussels Interoperability Group and the European Commission Joint Research Centre. Out of the 35 countries participating in these tests that took place last September, 14 carried out interoperability tests on the EAC PKI, one of which was Spain, which used Safelayer's KeyOne technology for the ePassports. The tests, which were carried out by the value-added reseller Indra with satisfactory results across the board, were extremely thorough as they covered all the elements of infrastructure for the second generation electronic passports.

About Safelayer

Founded in May 1999, Safelayer Secure Communications S.A. ( is a Spanish company that develops security software solutions for managing digital identity, electronic signatures and data protection. The family of KeyOne products implements advanced public key infrastructures (PKI) capable of managing digital certificates, certificate validation and electronic time-stamping. The TrustedX trusted services platform provides applications with information security mechanisms-for electronic documents and web messaging-using a SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) and XML approach.

Safelayer can attribute a large part of its market share to the government and banking markets. As the company that was granted the G2C (national eID and ePassport) projects in Spain, Safelayer targets its solutions to government agencies in a number of European countries as well as in Latin America. In addition, Safelayer focuses on large enterprise accounts and the expansion of its technology into Certification Service Providers that are located in various global markets. Safelayer's technology is based on open standards and is characterized by its performance, simplicity and flexibility, and by being endorsed by the Common Criteria EAL4+ quality certification.


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