First time on a Nokia: certgate to port microSD-based smartcard security into Symbian OS

certgate SmartCard microSD
(PresseBox) ( Nuremberg / Barcelona, )
Prior to the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, the Nuremberg-based IT security company certgate announces that its SmartCard microSD will from now on also support business cell phones with Symbian operating systems. Thus the specialists for mobile security solutions also offer Nokia cell phone users a way to protect their digital identity with hardware certificates.

The world’s largest telecommunication technology exhibition in Barcelona opens its gates from 15-18 February 2010, and certgate will be presenting the very first use cases of the certgate Mobile SmartCard Suite on the Symbian platform – including secure certificate-based web access via SSL, and authentication via VPN gateways using the Nokia Mobile VPN client.

The certgate Mobile SmartCard technology provides cryptographic features for mobile devices with a microSD slot. Its secret is the unique certgate SmartCard microSD – a full-value smartcard in the form of a microSD flash memory card. The card has a certificate store, a random generator, and can also generate key pairs.

“The porting of our Mobile SmartCard technology into the Symbian world gives the fans of Nokia business cell phones the opportunity to store tamper-proof digital certificates and use them for various cell phone applications without an external card reader”, explains Dr. Paschalis Papagrigoriou, CEO of the certgate GmbH. “Thus certgate provides a solution for the most important mobile operating systems for business communication – Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and Symbian. This year we will expand the Mobile SmartCard Suite to support Android phones(Google Phone).”

The present solution for Symbian supports S50 3rd Edition, FP 1 and 2, and has been successfully tested on devices of the E-series (E63, E71, E72, E75). certgate also offers a development kit which helps application developers to create own applications and make adaptations based on the certgate API and standardized interfaces.

certgate is going to present the certgate Smart Card microSD at the international GSMA Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 15 - 18 February 2010.
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