Smart Card (eESC) initiative was launched by the
European Commission in December 1999 as an immediate
outcome of the eEurope initiative.
It aims to accelerate and harmonise the development
of smart cards across Europe and to establish
them in all shapes and forms as the preferred
mobile and secure access key to citizen and business
information society services.
- Build a consensus for system interoperability.
- Harmonise smart cards based infrastructures
- Advance smart card technology for seamless
use of multi-application cards.
- Contribute to the development of innovative
applications and services.
||Security of transactions:
- Agree on common protection profiles and
- Develop certification services and cryptography
||User Acceptance of Smart cards:
- Build user trust and confidence.
- Offer guidelines and best practices for
meeting user requirements.
- Provide user friendly, easy to use services.
- Enable access anytime, anywhere.
In order to achieve these
goals, the project was based on strong links to
European standardization and with related initiatives
in other geographical areas.
The various outcomes from the two-year industry
driven action plan result in a set of common specifications
CSv2 containing guidelines, best practices, technical
specifications and requirements for political,
legislative or technical action.
eESC deliverables will be used to support mass
deployment of smart card systems which will benefit
the entire smart card community.