symantikWhile semantics is the study of meaning and the relation between words and phrases – SeManTik is the slightly mind-boggling abbreviation for “”Secure and long-life eID applications for human-technology cooperation” – a promising new research project initiated by Bundesdruckerei, Infineon Technologies AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM. This team of German experts wants to answer questions like: What are the requirements for electronic identity documents to provide reliable functionality during their long term of validity? The project partners investigate reliable and new integration technologies as well as realistic models to test and predict the life span of identity documents.

Our goal is to develop multifunctional technologies for identity documents that will work without failure during a long period of time. In order to test the reliability of these technologies under realistic conditions we need new standardized testing procedures and simulation models which are investigated within the scope of the research project,” explains Joachim Kloeser of Bundesdruckerei and overall project head of the research project. “SeManTiK” provides us with new approaches to the qualitative evaluation and selection of existing, long-life electronic high security documents. We are now taking a major step toward reaching our common goal of being able to predict the required durability of these documents reliably in the laboratory. In doing so we extend our competitive edge in Germany,” says Peter Stampka, initiator and project manager of “SeManTiK” at Infineon Technologies.

The research project “SeManTiK” is being supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). As an associated partner, the Bundeskriminalamt (German Federal Criminal Police Office) is contributing its expertise in forensic and methodical analysis. Bayer Material Science is contributing its expertise in supporting materials to the research project.


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