Virtual Smart Card Architecture

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The Virtual Smart Card Architecture provides software to emulate smart cards and a smart card reader. The virtual smart card is internally accessible as PC/SC reader and externally as USB CCID reader or through a contactless smart card reader.

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  • Virtual smart card: Emulates a German Elektronischer Reisepass, ISO-7816 or cryptoflex cards
  • Virtual smart card: Connects to virtual reader over the internet
  • Virtual smart card: Supports relaying a local smart card to the virtual reader
  • PCSC relay: Emulates a ISO/IEC 14443 smart card relaying communication to a local smart card
  • PCSC relay: Uses OpenPICC or libnfc devices as NFC antenna for card emulation
  • nPA Library: Supports establishing a secure messaging channel to the new German identity card ("neuer Personalausweis" nPA)
  • nPA Library: Supports easy to use secure messaging implementation
  • nPA Library: Includes tool for PIN management for the nPA
  • Smart card reader emulator: Compatible with default CCID driver for windows and unix
  • Smart card reader emulator: Supports secure PIN commands
  • Smart card reader emulator: Supports PACE ("Standardleser" CAT-S)


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Python, C


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