Consortium drafts wireless net ID card spec

Members of a consortium supporting the use of smartcards to identify users in wireless internet networks have drafted a...

Members of a consortium supporting the use of smartcards to identify users in wireless internet networks have drafted a specification to ensure interoperability between card and device manufacturers.

A major feature of the Wlan-Sim V0.1 specification, approved by the Wlan Smart Card Consortium, is the use of Sim (Subscriber Identification Module) technology as an authentication tool in Wlan hotspots, the consortium said.

Sim technology is a core component of GSM networks. The identification technology is used to support roaming, billing and other back-office services seamlessly across mobile networks.

Smartcard-based authentication in Wlan hotspots will offer enterprises the same high level of security they are accustomed to in GSM networks.

The consortium claimed the specification is a first step in defining industry specifications for Wlan-based smart card systems that can be used in all market segments, including enterprise, public and home networks.

The draft specification can be viewed on the consortium's website: www.wlansmartcard.org.

Members of the association include France's Gemplus, Germany's Infineon Technologies and Japan's Dai Nippon Print Co, as well as Texas Instruments and Visa USA of the US.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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