NXP’s SmartMX Technology to Secure German eHealthcard
Third Major German eGovernment Deployment With Highest Security and Quality Standards
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) has announced that its secure microcontrollers represent the major share in Germany’s eHealthcard deployment. Enabled by the “elektronische Gesundheitskarte,” the system aims to enhance the public health system in Germany by improving the availability and accessibility of patient data. NXP’s secure SmartMX™ technology will ensure that access to this data is conducted securely, providing the best possible protection of patient data and privacy.
The eHealthcard roll-out is a major initiative by the German government to standardize the provision of healthcare across the country by ensuring that 60 million citizens with statutory health insurance — about 75 percent of Germany’s total population — have the new cards by 2013. Information contained on the cards includes the insured person’s name, date of birth, gender and address, as well as insurance number and insurance status, underscoring the importance of the embedded chip in providing high security for all transactions. More than 80 percent of the deployed eHealthcards — a total of 50 million — will be secured by NXP’s leading security technology SmartMX.
To date, the SmartMX product family has received 74 Common Criteria certifications with augmented security level (EAL5+), the largest number in the industry for one high security platform. Recently NXP’s SmartMX2 solution received the industry’s first EAL6+ certification for a high security microcontroller with a contactless interface based on 90nm technology.
The eHealthcard deployment is the third major eGovernment project in Germany in which NXP is the main provider of the secure microcontroller. In addition to the eHealthcard deployment, NXP powers the German national eID card and the German ePassport. Given that Germany is a country with some of the world’s highest security and quality standards, these deployments serve as significant endorsements of the SmartMX technology. Additionally, NXP is the global leader in secure eGovernment deployments, with 86 out of 102 countries, or approximately 85 percent of worldwide electronic passport projects, putting their trust in NXP’s secure microcontrollers.
ABI Research’s latest eGovernment research report published in March 2012 confirms NXP’s leading position: NXP expanded its global leadership to a market share of 43 percent, which is more than twice as large as its closest competitor. “Germany is a leading market for the innovative use of electronic ID for eGovernment services. Many other countries are closely following how new secure public-commercial opportunities are being created, resulting in improved uptake and adoption by citizens. NXP is well positioned to build upon its success with the German eID card and now also the electronic healthcard in the eGovernment market,” says John Devlin, group director Security and ID with ABI Research.
As a flexible, multi-application platform for eGovernment applications, NXP’s SmartMX technology offers the possibility of adding additional functionality or information such as medication, allergies or drug intolerances to the eHealthcards, providing increased convenience and protection to end users.
“NXP is very proud to be at the heart of the German government’s eHealthcard roll-out,” says Ulrich Huewels, VP and general manager, card security business, NXP Semiconductors. “NXP secure ID solutions are used around the world in ePassports, national ID cards, health and social-security cards, citizen cards and resident permits, and driver’s licenses. For any country that wants to deploy electronic government solutions, we are the partner of choice thanks to our rich experience, leading security expertise and ability to deliver total, interoperable solutions, including reader infrastructure. With NXP, customers can rest assured that they will receive a mature, trusted and sustainable solution.”
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