Smart card platforms can support more than one application. Each of these applications can execute securely, without interfering with the other applications on the same platform. However, there are not many smart cards offered to consumers that have multiple applications on them. Our proposed architecture proposed changes to all stages and layers of a smart card lifecycle. All this combined to provide and ensure one thing, a secure, reliable and trusted platform that provides “Freedom of Choice” to its user.
In this research thread, we are proposing a user centric model of ownership for a number of personal devices, including smart cards, RFIDs, and mobile phones. The nature of the above operational environments create specific research questions in terms of how the applications will be downloaded, installed, decommissioned and attested. Clarification of the ownership of these devices is also of paramount importance. This is an ongoing research thread that has resulted in the following selected publications.
Our work on User Centric smart card/mobile device models (with Dr Raja Naeem Akram) has sparked international interest and, as a result, a number of Universities (e.g. in Holland and Austria) have offered PhD positions in this exact topic. At the same time, international industry bodies (e.g. GlobalPlatform and Trusted Computing Group – TCG) have extended their agendas, in order to work further on the topics that we have already been working on.
We are currently investigating how the concepts of User Centric Solutions can be applied to data and user privacy frameworks – along with emerging technologies like IoT.