'We were addressing a very broad technical subject and aiming at a very large market so we had to ensure we had a representative sample of European countries to be capable of doing it'.
In 2007 at the final review of the project the team demonstrated how microchip-based devices using their standards worked in practice. 'In the mobile communication area, we showed new ways to manage electronic diaries, to allow for users to search and put information on the blog of a person using a mobile phone, or to order video-on-demand from your phone and play it at home on your own TV. In the e-government area, we showed how to exchange administrative data across borders controlled by interoperable e-id cards, demonstrated digital signature from on-card biometric checks or the incorporation of new very high-speed contact-less protocols in e-identity devices,' says Tual.
The exploitation of project results has become a reality. In the e-government area, the IAS-ECC standard has become the reference standard for all new major e-ID programmes running in Europe.
The partners think the potential is even greater since there is a global trend towards electronic passports and the sharing of information between governmental agencies, ever since 11 September 2001, when some of the suicide bombers were found to be flying on fake passports. Since the end of 2006, the USA for instance, requires visitors to have electronic passports, a new generation of which is currently being developed. New markets also opened for the project partners in the Gulf and South America. ONOM@TOPIC+ has given birth to a new MEDEA+ project (BIOP@SS) where these aspects are currently being explored.
Telecoms companies are also deploying new services using the standards developed in the project. The partners have contracts to develop customer payment or loyalty schemes using smartcards as well as ticket buying through mobiles. 'T
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