In preparation for the activities to be launched under the 6th Framework Programme for Research,
Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (FP61), the European Commission’s
Information Society Directorate-General organised a meeting to consult the industrial and
academic research community on current and future RTD needs in the domain of smart card
Those attending this meeting, which was held in Brussels on 23 May 2001, all agreed that the
European smart card industry has major needs in R&D in various technology domains in the short
and the long term. They identified the priority topics and related requirements. A lot of effort needs
to be invested in RTD to ensure that Europe can maintain its current technology and industrial
leadership in smart card technology domains such as chip and card design, secure embedded
software, manufacturing technology and in smart card application developments.
Research and development needs are still dominated by hardware related topics (smart card chips,
assembly and interconnection technology, materials, production techniques), but they also involve
different types of development tools (to optimise effort, time, quality for HW and SW
developments), advanced security technology solutions (cryptography, security protocols, tamper
resistant design, etc.) and extended features of smart card operating systems (e.g. modular
architectures, open source OS). The trend, however, will be to invest more effort on SW than on
HW design in future in the development of complete smart card solutions.
The list of RTD priority topics to be addressed is long and the required effort and expertise to
address all these issues is far beyond the possibilities of a single company or country. To cover
these RTD needs a joint effort is required as well as the support of European programmes and its
favourable framework for European cooperation in RTD . Cooperation is also needed to optimise
resources spent on the development of new smart card products and their deployment, through the
achievement of consensus of common design data formats, preparation of standards, unification of
certification procedures, etc.
The present report also contains written contributions received from the participants following the
meeting. In these contributions the participants were asked to answer, after discussion in their own
organisation, a number of additional questions:
- on which topics would your organisation agree to RTD cooperation with other companies /
- what would be the estimated required effort for RTD?
- what would be the specific (measurable) objectives in this area?
- what would be a suitable time frame ?
- how could the RTD cooperation be organised?
All organisations confirmed their interest in cooperating on a selection of RTD targets in consortia
composed of industrial and academic partners. Going by these responses, the total investment
needed in Smart Card priority RTD areas (as identified in the present report) is put at 320 M,
corresponding to approximately 74 projects to be initiated over a time frame of 5 to 8 years starting
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