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SCM Microsystems, a provider of solutions for secure access, secure identity and secure exchange, and a business unit of Identive Group, Inc. have announced the arrival of the CHIPDRIVE(R) IT Security Kit, which protects personal data online when used with the new German electronic ID cards.

As most of our readers will know, beginning November 2010, the German government will start issuing a new electronic ID card based on contactless smart card technology to all citizens. The ID card includes an electronic proof of identity (eID) feature that safeguards the user’s personal data when transferring information over the Internet, such as when making online purchases, downloading music, confirming age or place of birth, filing an insurance claim, or communicating with local or federal authorities and administrations. To use the eID feature online, a dedicated smart card reader is required. Using the reader and the eID feature together significantly increases online trust and security compared with simply typing a user name and password, which is still the most widespread but easily attackable security method used for online transactions.

The CHIPDRIVE IT Security Kit includes a smart card reader for contactless smart cards certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt fur Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, or “BSI”), a government-provided eID interface application (AusweisApp), and a 12-months’ license for the popular AVIRA Antivirus and Firewall software, AntiVir Premium, valued at 19.95 EUR. The package ensures high security when providing or transmitting personal data online using the new German ID card.

The new CHIPDRIVE IT Security Kit includes a convenient USB contactless smart card reader that can be used with the German ID card as well as with cards for transport applications and other payment systems. The rich functionality and ergonomic design make the reader ideal for use in offices and at home. An internal flash allows secure firmware updates in the field. With the CHIPDRIVE IT Security Kit, SCM Microsystems addresses the need for all German citizens to have cost-effective access to the new eID capability of the German ID card. The CHIPDRIVE IT Security Kit is immediately available. The package is 24.95 EUR including VAT (20.21 EUR excluding VAT, excluding shipping costs). More information can be found at


SCM Microsystems’ CHIPDRIVE-branded packages for small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals offer affordable, customizable solutions for security, identification, home banking and eCommerce, as well as smart card-based time recording and business productivity systems. CHIPDRIVE solutions consist of smart cards used for the authentication of individuals; card readers/terminals for both fixed and mobile, contact and contactless environments; and software to enable productivity applications such as network logon, authentication and password management. CHIPDRIVE Time Recording solutions allow easy and fast recording of employee working hours.




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