Brussels, 18th May 2017 – Eurosmart, the Voice of the Smart Security Industry, announced the 2016 figures for worldwide secure element shipments and the corresponding 2017 forecasts. The overall growth trend remained unchanged in 2016 and Eurosmart forecasts place the total volume of secure elements to be shipped in 2017 at close to 10 billion.
The fact that the use of connected devices has become a part of everyday life has seen consumers become increasingly aware of security and safety risks. “Eurosmart and its members seek to take up this challenge and play a leading role in encouraging the uptake of secure connected devices. Our industry is a leader in the provision of cutting-edge technologies that protect connected devices and users alike. In this respect, we commend the European Commission for putting the issue of ICT security labelling on the table. We strongly believe that this market tool will help to empower end-users to confidently identify and purchase secure connected devices”, said Eurosmart President Didier Sérodon.
Recently, there has been a huge increase in the use of biometric technologies in smartphones to provide a greater level of security and convenience. “This trend raises concerns as to how these highly sensitive data will be protected. Secure elements are the most ideal technology for combining the protection and privacy of biometric data with other identity attributes. In fact, smartphones with embedded secure elements are increasingly used for a wide range of applications such as transport, mobile identification and payment”, added Sérodon.
Mobility and contactless transactions ensure customer convenience and are driving forces in the market. “The move to contactless cards in many established payment markets continues to be a growth driver (+7% in 2016). On the other hand, increased mobile connectivity due to the ongoing migration to 4G networks across most regions has boosted demand for SIM cards, with approximately 5.45 billion shipments in 2016. Whilst Mobile Network Operator (MNO) consolidation had an impact on growth (+2.8%) in 2016, the emergence of a new MNO in South East Asia contributed to a positive performance”, Sérodon revealed.
In the payment sector, the chip payment card migration phase is nearing completion in China and is at a very advanced stage in the US, accounting for 2.9 billion secure elements shipped in 2016. “Migration from unsecure magnetic stripe payment cards towards EMV chip cards in regions such as Africa, South East Asia and LATAM has boosted market demand. In India, EMV adoption, backed by government initiatives, has also contributed to this upward trend”, explained Sérodon.
“In 2016, Eurosmart can once again report remarkable growth (+12%) in the government and healthcare sectors and 2017 forecasts consolidate these positive results with an estimated growth of 11%”, said Sérodon. National eID projects and the adoption of ePassports are, and will continue to be, the main market drivers.
Eurosmart figures and forecasts reveal that the Smart Security Industry has grown immensely over the past few years. “Our industry, which comprises all major European IT companies, plays a significant role in improving the security of digital solutions and safeguarding the fundamental rights of EU citizens while also creating jobs and fostering European competitiveness in the global market”, Sérodon concluded.
Brussels, February 29th 2017 - Eurosmart, the European association representing the Smart Security Industry in Brussels, welcomes a new member of our association: WISeKey.
WISeKey has concluded the acquisition of the integrated circuit solutions and semiconductors business from INSIDE Secure in September 20th 2016 which is now WISeKey Semiconductors (originally named Vault-IC). WISeKey is joining Eurosmart through its subsidiary WISeKey Semiconductors and will ensure continuity of the work done in the past through Inside Secure and Atmel.
WISeKey is currently deploying large scale Internet of Things (“IoT”) digital identity ecosystems as well as a Swiss based cryptographic Root of Trust (“RoT”).
This solution enables IoT providers and chipmakers to bring security to connected devices by allowing them to add digital certificates on their chips at the hardware level to encrypt the communication and authenticate the devices. WISeKey has patented this process in the USA as it is currently used by many IoT providers.
At a time of massive deployment of connected devices, Eurosmart is fully committed to the development of political incentives for IoT security and privacy at the European level. Recent cyber-attacks have made security and privacy by design a priority for the Smart Security Industry and policy makers. For these reasons Eurosmart is looking forward to this mutually beneficial cooperation with WISeKey.Read more
During the High Security Printing conference in Baku on 28 March 2017, Detlef Houdeau, Chair of the Eurosmart's Cybersecurity and Digital Identities Committee, delivered a speech addressing synergies between ePassports and eID Cards.
Since the last two decades, many States have defined, specified and have started the roll out of electronic eID card, in order to foster digitizing ID documents in the public domain, offer online services in the web and decrease fraud on ID documents.
Since 2006 the ICAO 9303 standard has been deployed for travel documents, which capture technology standards such as ISO/IEC 19794 on biometrics and ISO/IEC 14443 on contactless interface as well as application standards for travel documents, like Passport (ID3-format), Residence Permit Cards and Registered Traveller Cards. Since 2006 the ICAO-standard has been moving more and more into national eID cards (ID1-format).
This has politic aspects, some application effects, some production impacts and affect the electrical interface of the card (contactless). The speech reflects all running national eID card programs in Europe, which use this ICAO standard, and shows the trend from 2005 (first implementation, Sweden) to 2016 (last implementation, Ukraine).Read more
Security is a cornerstone when it comes to the protection of data and privacy. Recent cyber-attacks in the US have demonstrated that security by design represents a key objective in politics, for the industry and for citizens. However, for many users convenience is more important than security. This poses a challenge both for policy makers and the Smart Security Industry: combining quick, easy, and fast access to transactions with failsafe security. Trust is crucial for citizens to accept a European digital and mobile economy. The connected society in Europe is also dependent on how secure citizens feel about their digital identity.
Back in November 2009, Eurosmart published a white paper on the Smart M2M module. At that time, the association was anticipating a massive deployment of connected devices in several sectors of the industry, and claimed that our industry had the technologies to solve the security and privacy challenges at hand.
We can now see that these forecasts are becoming a reality, with more than 3 billion devices already connected and 20 to 30 billion to be connected by 2020. Our position regarding security and privacy has not changed over the years, and the recent cyber-attacks have further increased our will to be even more proactive in the field of IoT security.
Eurosmart's Cybersecurity & Digital Identity Committee issued a paper entitled "The Future Digital Identity Landscape in Europe".Read more