Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has announced the release of its new Mobile Security Card SE 1.0, an upgraded version of the first-generation Mobile Security Card 3.1 microSD for security applications.
The upgraded card incorporates a cryptocontroller, which provides security for cell phones, smart phones, notebooks and other mobile terminal devices without needing a smart card reader.
The Mobile Security Card SE 1.0 has 2 GBytes of memory, double that of its predecessor, and uses version 5.0 of the [email protected]é Expert smart card operating system, which is certified by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).
The security solution is supported by mobile operating system platforms such as MS Windows Mobile, BlackBerry Device Software, Symbian OS, Android OS and Linux. The Mobile Security Card also works with Windows and Linux PC platforms for use in netbooks and notebooks.
Inserted into the microSD card slot on mobile devices, the Mobile Security Card SE 1.0 handles user authentication as well as encryption and signature operations as an independent cryptomodule. In a two-factor process, the user authenticates himself to the Mobile Security Card and only gains access to the mobile device if the information matches.
The microSD card can be used for various security scenarios, such as mobile office and banking applications. Additionally, independent software providers can develop their own security solutions for use with the Mobile Security Card.
The new version, the Mobile Security Card SE 1.0, will be on show in conjunction with BlackBerry smartphones in the G&D Pavilion (Avenue AV 103) and on the RIM stand (Hall 8, Stand 8B178) at the Mobile World Congress from Feb. 15 to 18 in Barcelona.