by Anton Shilov
08/21/2006 | 06:26 AM
Infineon Technologies AG, a maker of advanced semiconductors for various markets, on Monday said that it had received a multi-million order for its security products that will be employed in new
The electronic passport is designed with multiple layers of security to protect the privacy of holders. This includes Basic Access Control (BAC), which requires the border control inspector to pass the document over a scanner that reads coded information and then authorizes the electronic reader to access the data stored on the chip. The actual data transmission occurs over a distance of about 4” (10 cm). In addition to shielding and BAC, there are more than 50 individual security mechanisms inside the Infineon chip, including computing methods for encrypting data, to help ensure that personal data remains private. Security mechanisms on the Infineon chips also include active protective shields on the surface of the chip and sensors that help prevent unauthorized people from being able to read the contents of the chip.
“As the leading supplier of the specialized chips used for secure personal identification, financial transactions and access to electronic systems, our chips have successfully passed some of the most stringent security tests in the world. We are very happy to be chosen to supply the electronics for the large-scale roll-out of the
As a security measure, the U.S. Congress passed legislation requiring that countries participating in the USA Visa Waiver Program must issue passports with secure chip technology by October 2006. Concurrently, the
In the past ten years, the