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A New System Has Been Developed For an Id in a Mobile Phone

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Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) researchers are developing a way to integrate electronic identification (eID) data into an SIM mobile phone card to use the device as a means of personal identification.

"The SIM cards are like small computers that we carry in our mobile devices allowing us to store information and execute applications, with the advantage of providing a high level security," says UC3M professor Celeste Campo.

The system collects the user's personal information and allows identification and authorization of the eID stored in the SIM card.

"These data interact with services offered by the company Secuware and allow us to access the Web services through authentication with the eID," Campo says. Although the researchers have developed a prototype device, they still face some hurdles before the technology can be released to the public.

"For the generalized utilization of this system which we have developed it is necessary for the application to be transported to the different platforms for mobile devices, principally iPhone OS and Android, and in fact, within the agreement with Telefonica R+D we are already focusing on the latter," Campo says.

From Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain)
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