Press Release With German eid card and Cloud to omnicard launch of the SkIDentity-Service on January 20th 2015 in Berlin

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Press Release

With German eID card and Cloud to OMNICARD
Launch of the SkIDentity-Service on January 20th 2015 in Berlin

[Michelau, December 06th 2014] For 22 years now, the smart card community is meeting at the popular OMNICARD congress. From January 20th to 22nd, 2015 experts meet in Berlin to interchange ideas with respect to electronic identity (eID). In line with the theme the German eID card (neuer elektronischer Personalausweis, nPA) and several other smart cards can now be used at to register for the OMNICARD congress. This is made possible by the multiple awarded SkIDentity-Service, which will be presented at OMNICARD.

SkIDentity builds a bridge between eID cards and Cloud

Since November 2010 the electronic identification function of the German eID card represents a highly secure login mechanism, which could potentially be used by more than 20 Million German citizens as trust anchor in the internet. Unfortunately it was relatively difficult so far, to accept the nPA and similar eID cards in cloud- and web-based applications. The multiple awarded SkIDentity-technology (http://skidentity.comde), which was developed in the „Trusted Cloud“ program supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economic affairs and Energy, in combination with the recent decision by the German Federal Office for Administration which allows that the German eID card can be used in cloud computing environments (, now makes the utilization of the German eID card in the internet very easy.

SkIDentity-Service integrates AusweisApp2 and Open eCard App

The innovative SkIDentity-Service can be used with the AusweisApp2 of the Federal German Government (, which recently was released for testing purposes, as well as with the Open eCard App (, which is platform-independent and based on the international standard ISO/IEC 24727. “We are very pleased, that the simultaneous integration of both the AusweisApp2 and the Open eCard App into the SkIDentity-Service lead to a particular user-friendly solution for the broad use of various eID cards”, added Dr. Detlef Hühnlein, CEO of ecsec GmbH.

eID-based registration to OMNICARD congress for the first time

Due to the consistent use of internationally accepted standards in the SkIDentity-Service all standards-compliant eID cards, authentication services and online-services can be easily connected to the SkIDentity-System without any additional integration effort. This way the German eID card, the Austrian social insurance card (e-card), the Estonian eID card as well as different signature and banking cards of D-Trust, DATEV, S-Trust and GAD eG can be used at for eID-based registration for the OMNICARD congress. “Electronic identity cards have several advantages and OMNICARD is for 22 years now the home of smart ID-solutions“, Matthias Fluhr, host of OMNICARD, commented. “Insofar it is just consequent, to utilize these modern eID technologies for registration to the OMNICARD congress.“

About SkIDentity

The SkIDentity project is performed by an interdisciplinary team, which is coordinated by ecsec GmbH and comprises experts from ENX Association, Fraunhofer institutes for industrial engineering (IAO) and computer graphics (IGD), OpenLimit SignCubes GmbH, Ruhr University of Bochum, University of Passau, Urospace GmbH and Versicherungswirtschaftlicher Datendienst GmbH. In addition the SkIDentity team is supported by major associations and federations such as the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e.V., BITKOM), the German EuroCloud association (EuroCloud Deutschland_eco e.V.), the ProSTEP iViP association and TeleTrusT – IT Security Association Germany and well known enterprises such as DATEV eG, easy Login GmbH, media transfer AG, noris network AG, SAP AG and SiXFORM GmbH.

About the “Trusted Cloud” Program

The German Federal Ministry for Economic affairs and Energy (BMWi) supports through “Trusted Cloud” the development and testing of innovative, secure and legally valid cloud computing services with about 50 million Euro. Because the various project partners roughly bring in own resources of the same amount, the program has in total about 100 million Euro as its disposal. The “Trusted Cloud” technology program of the BMWi is part of the cloud computing initiative, which has been started by the BMWi in October 2010 together with its industrial and academic partners.

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Dr. Detlef Hühnlein

SkIDentity c/o ecsec GmbH

Sudetenstraße 16

96247 Michelau


Tel.: +49 9571-604 8014


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