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Eurosmart welcomes Apple’s decision to unlock iPhone NFC to read secure data from passports

15 April 2019

On April 8th, Apple Inc. announced its decision to expand the iPhone’s NFC chip reading capabilities before the end of 2019. Eurosmart welcomes this new functionality that can enable reading of secure data stored in security chips such as the ones used in passports. This decision will definitively support the deployment of the electronic Passport and contributes to the creation of secure digital identities included biometric data and their potential derivatives.

For more than 25 years, Europe has been leading the way for innovative solution and deployment of secure electronic communication, contactless interface e.g. NFC, GSM-products, such as SIM-Cards, Smart Card for a broad range of applications, Secure Element and Secure Hardware e.g. for embedded security and secure infrastructure. Apple remains one of the stable users of all these technologies and products that have contributed to enhanced trust for both governments and citizens.

Electronic Passport and contactless electronic ID-cards and residence permits cards are now deployed in more than 130 states round the globe and are the “root of trust” for digital identity. By enabling the reading of official documents on any devices such as Android and now IOS, private sector will be able to benefit from this “root of trust” for strong end user identification and authentication as well as for creating trusted digital companions, and thus rely on enhanced data reliability and increased confidence in digital transactions for their own usage.

Eurosmart and its members are at the leading edge of these European technologies by developing and providing even more secure digital identity solutions. The recent European Commission’s proposal to include secure NFC technologies to store data into all the European Citizen’s national identity documents is contributing to the general trend to enhance secure Digital Identities and is contributing to the success of eIDAS regulation for the highest level.

Digital transformation, increasing of mobility, privacy and convenience are key pillars in the future society, now supported by Apple´s decision.





About us

Eurosmart, the Voice of the Digital Security Industry, is an international non-profit association located in Brussels, representing the Digital Security Industry for multisector applications. Founded in 1995, the association is committed to expanding the world’s Digital secure devices market, developing smart security standards and continuously improving the quality of security applications.

Our members

Members are manufacturers of secure element, semiconductors, smart cards, secure software, High Security Hardware and terminals, biometric technology providers, system integrators, application developers and issuers.

EUROSMART members are companies (BCA, Fingerprint Cards, Gemalto, Giesecke+Devrient, GS TAG, IDEMIA, IN GROUPE, Infineon Technologies, Inside Secure, Internet of Trust, Linxens, Nedcard, NXP Semiconductors, +ID, Real Casa de la Moneda, Samsung, Sanoïa, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba, Trusted Objects, WISekey, Winbond), testing, inspection and certification (TIC) companies (SGS, Bureau Veritas, Trust CB), laboratories (Brightsight, Cabinet Louis Reynaud, CEA-LETI, Keolabs, SERMA), research organisations (Fraunhofer AISEC, ISEN), associations (SCS Innovation cluster, Smart Payment Association, Mobismart, Danish Biometrics).


EUROSMART and its members are also active in many other security initiatives and umbrella organisations on EU-level, like CEN, ECIL, ETSI, ECSO, ESIA, ETSI, GP, ISO, SIA, TCG and others.