Research Equipment

Smart Card Centre Laboratories

The Smart Card Centre Laboratories provide a practical learning and testing environment for mobile and smart token related research projects undertaken as part of Ph.D. and M.Sc. academic courses, offered by The Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Showcase Laboratory: Founders West 152

Lab equipmentThe Showcase Laboratory houses a mobile and smart token related software tools and equipment, which have been generously provided by the SCC founders, partners and supporters. The laboratory also contains several previous student projects and demonstrators that illustrate the different applications, and security aspects, of mobile and smart token technology to visitors from both industry and academia. Research students have access Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) for developing mobile and smart token applications, and the tools for testing these applications. The lab also has a collection of smart cards, smart card readers and mobile devices. For hardware security projects the lab has a physical probe station and equipment for performing side-channel analysis.

RFID Laboratory: Founders West 154

The RFID Laboratory was opened in March 2008, part funded by Royal Holloway’s DGG program, and dedicated to practical, hardware projects related to Radio Frequency IDentification. The laboratory has dedicated workspaces for the development of hardware prototypes, and also contains test and measurement equipment for generating and receiving radio signals in the HF and UHF bands. Embedded development tools and kits for microcontroller and FPGA devices, and the Centre’s own contactless test-bed are available for research projects. The laboratory has a collection of RFID and contactless tokens, readers and NFC devices along with a basic supply of configurable logic devices, discrete and analogue components.


The Smart Card and IoT Centre has extensive facilities to perform practical analysis of smartcards and hardware.
Shown on the left is a Xilinx Spartan-6 evaluation board, a MacBook Pro used for development, and a Smart Card lab PC displaying time analysis traces. This setup was used to add extra circuitry between a Xilinx PicoBlaze soft-core processor and the attached block RAM, in the context of a publication on hardware-software binding mechanisms. This setup was also used in the development of an entire soft-core processor, in order to assert correct software execution on a unique processor instance.
The following pictures show some of the equipment of our labs.

WAVERUNNER 6100A. A 1GHZ, 4 channel digital oscilloscope for measuring voltage or current signals over time in an electronic circuit or component to display amplitude, frequency and rise times, etc. Applications include troubleshooting, production test, and design.


R&S®AM300 Arbitrary / Function Generator. A dual channel, high precision, signal generation from DC to 50 MHz.


COMPRION – IT³ Prove! A terminal test tool for the ISO 7816 interface for pre-conformance testing that is able to perform the same digital test cases used by UT³ Platform for device certification at GCF and PTCRB. Additionally, it is a solution for regression testing of mobile phones.

Comprion CLT Move

Comprion CLT Move. A comprehensive trace tool for contactless interfaces. It is designed for analyzing the communication exchanged between NFC-enabled smartphones, devices, cards, and tags.


DIGIMESS HY3003-2. A bench power supply with digital voltmeter and ammeter and dual output.


R&S – SMC100A. A signal generator that covers the frequency range from 9 kHz to 1.1 GHz or 3.2 GHz, and the output power is typ. > +17 dBm. All important functions (AM/FM/fM/pulse modulation) are integrated in the instrument.

SoC ZC702 Evaluation Kit. A platform for evaluating the Xilinx Zynq-7000 AP SoC, and supporting research in robust and efficient FPGA implementations.

OMEN X Desktop PC-900-260XE. A powerful desktop PC to showcase the SCC research.

Supermicro Cloud Platform. A platform to support research in cloud computing security.