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Bernd Zwattendorfer

Technical Marketing Manager, Infineon Technologies, Austria


Smart cards for smart citizens of smart cities

  • Smart city strategies are key drivers for ICT in the public sector;
  • Smart cards can be the means of choice to enable secure participation in smart city ecosystems;
  • New challenges and requirements need to be faced and tackled to support multiple application areas.

Smart city initiatives are currently one of the most evolving strategies of local governments around the globe. The basic idea behind such initiatives is to modernise a city continuously, and to constantly improve citizens’ quality of life with the help of information and communication (ICT) technologies. Smart city strategies usually cover different areas of life such as living, work, or leisure activities, and target various city assets, e.g. infrastructure, mobility, or healthcare. Citizens are one of the key stakeholders in smart city concepts.

To drive smart city visions to become a reality, citizens need to be empowered with smart secure tokens so as to feel safer and identify that they are part of a modernized city with intelligent and interconnected infrastructures and environments. Such smart solutions must provide adaptable functionality for different life scenarios. For instance, they could be used for accessing public buildings and services, public transport facilities with the relevant entitlement ensured with digital and even biometric credentials, whereas barcodes or magnetic-stripe cards are open to fraud. In the private sector smart solutions can securely identify people for vehicle sharing stations to rent electric cars or bikes, and finally for paying for services, thus facilitating citizens’ mobility. 

Smart cities services can be enabled by bespoke provisioning to each citizen a single multifunction smart card instead of issuing multiple devices. This contrasts with the concept of mobile identity apps on phones, as although they can provide an enhanced user experience, the lack of smart phone universality can lead to many citizens being excluded, often by those who need the city services the most. The ubiquity of a card overcomes the restrictions of various mobile phone platforms, allowing all citizens, be they young, old or infirm to access their smarter city.

This speech will discuss how smart cards can fit into smart city ecosystems, which challenges are faced, what is required to overcome them, and how citizens can benefit.

Bernd Zwattendorfer is a technical marketing manager in Infineon‘s Government ID business. He is responsible for various technical topics in the field of electronic identity, authentication, and electronic signatures. His scope includes driving strategic ID topics, as well specific customer projects, particularly from a system perspective. Prior to joining Infineon, Bernd worked for the E-Government Innovation Center in Austria, working on, and managing, various national and international projects related to eGovernment and IT security.

Bernd holds a PhD in computer science and a master’s degree in information and computer engineering from Graz University of Technology. In addition, he has a master's degree in management and international business from the University of Graz.


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