RSA unveils multipurpose smart card system

RSA Security has announced a smart card solution to integrate all the elements of smart cart deployment and management for enterprise security.

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By  Jon Tullett Published  March 6, 2001

RSA Security has unveiled a new product that allows one smart card to be programmed for network access, digital credentials, physical building access, and corporate identification.

RSA SecurID Card Studio is a cryptographic smart card personalization system that will make it easier for enterprises to deploy and manage their smart cards, the company said.

The system allows companies to program digital credentials into a smart card, plus add company identification and building access capabilities into that same card, said Ted Kamionek, senior product manager for smart cards at RSA.

The RSA SecurID Card Studio management system includes an electronic Smart Card personalisation system that automatically formats chips for RSA Keon PKI, generates key pairs, requests certificates from the RSA Keon Certificate Server, and creates a photo ID for smart cards. It also includes imaging software, camera and printer for designing and producing cards, and provides an integrated magnetic stripe reader and supports pre-programmed proximity access cards for use with physical building access readers.

"The RSA SecurID Card Studio improves the convenience of deploying a single cryptographic smart card for secure authentication to multiple applications," said Charles Kolodgy, research manager for International Data Corporation (IDC). "We believe that smart cards are becoming a critical component of e-security initiatives within enterprises. With the RSA SecurID Card Studio, it will be easier for enterprises to administer and deploy smart card solutions. Cards allow complete credential portability and can be used for single sign-on login access to the desktop, the network, and the applications."

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