Smartcards & Tokens
In the digitised world of business, it is no longer sufficient to simply perform checks at doors and gates. Access to data, systems and networks, as well as internal and external communications must also be protected. Smartcards, reliable carriers of secure identities, have a key role to play in this scenario.
The SMC-B card for medical practices and hospitals - the connection to the telematics infrastructure
Bundesdruckerei's Security Module Card Type B (SMC-B) is an important component that grants access to the digital health network. From mid-2019, doctors, dentists, hospitals and chemists will be required to participate in the telematics infrastructure. The SMC -B card that is provided by Bundesdruckerei will ensure that they all will be able to access the telematics infrastructure in a secure manner.
One card for many digital applications
This small card is set to play a central role in the digital health-care industry. Inserted into the card terminal and in conjunction with a secret PIN, the card will confirm the identity of the respective practice or hospital. But it can also be used for other applications, for instance, for accessing the electronic health card and for encrypting e-mails.
Secure connection to the TI step by step:
- Order your SMC-B card via our request portal.
- Your request must be approved by the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians or the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists or DKTiG.
- Delivery of the SMC-B card by registered letter and separate delivery of the PIN and PUK
- Following receipt, your card can be activated on the request portal.
Go to our request portal to order your SMC-B card.
Starting early in 2019, Bundesdruckerei will also provide the electronic Health Professional Card (eHPC). Using the eHPC, you can, for instance, sign digital documents in a legally binding manner or use the medical information stored on the electronic health card. Click here for more information.
Do you have any questions? You can find the answers to frequently asked questions regarding the SMC-B card in our Service & Support section.
The electronic Health Professional Card
The electronic Health Professional Card (eHPC) is a personalized smartcard that can be used in the telematics infrastructure as ID for medical professionals. Doctors and dentists, psychotherapists or chemists can obtain the eHPC from their respective federal state chambers.
Exchanging data in a secure manner
The electronic health professional card is photo ID that medical professionals can also use to identify themselves in the digital world. The card grants access to specially protected online data or services, such as the portals provided by the chambers or statutory health insurance associations. Using the card, medical professionals can authenticate themselves electronically, encrypt or decrypt e-mails and use the qualified electronic signature, for instance, to digitally sign an electronic medical report. The eHPC allows them to securely exchange electronic data among each other or with hospitals and health insurance companies.
Secure access to the telematics infrastructure
The eHPC promotes the digitalization of medical practices and provides secure access to the telematics infrastructure and the electronic health card. Besides accelerating authentication processes, the eHPC also enhances data security and privacy.
The electronic health professional card can be ordered via Bundesdruckerei's website as of early 2019.
Signature and seal cards
Qualified signature card
In the digital world, the qualified signature replaces the hand-written one. This always happens when administrative procedures call for the written form. This means that contracts, for instance, can be signed electronically in a legally recognised manner, public invitations to tender can be handled via electronic tendering platforms and court documents can be submitted using the electronic court mailbox. Unlike the qualified seal card, the qualified signature card is always issued to one person and cannot be transferred to anyone else. Recipients of an electronically signed document can be certain that the signature is in fact from the sender and that the contents of the document have not been manipulated.
Our solutions for qualified signatures in so-called batch mode are ideal for companies that are digitising their business processes and wish to sign many documents in succession in a manner recognised by law and send these documents electronically.
Qualified seal card
Individuals, i.e. company employees, use electronic signatures to prove that they are the originators of a document and that its contents were not manipulated. Legal entities, such as companies and public agencies, can now also use this feature with a procedure referred to as electronic sealing.
The qualified electronic seal closes a gap in electronic communications. This is essentially an electronic company stamp. Its legal effect and admissibility as evidence in legal proceedings are rooted at EU level in the eIDAS Regulation.
A qualified electronic seal implies the integrity of the data sealed and the correctness of the information regarding the holder of the seal.
You can order your products here.
Do you have any questions? You can find the answers to frequently asked questions regarding our signature cards in our Service & Support section.
Bundesdruckerei's TIM (Tax Identification Module) Card offers protection against manipulation for digital recordings of business transactions: Thanks to strong encryption, data recorded in cash registers, taximeters and other types of cash register systems cannot be altered.
The TIM Card supports all of the functions of the so-called INSIKA method and complies with current technical requirements. INSIKA, the German abbreviation for 'integrated security solution for cash registers processing metered values', originally was the name of a research project that was promoted by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and managed by Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (German National Metrology Institute).
The INSIKA solution meets the highest security requirements for business transactions that must be recorded. These include, in particular, the international standards for signature creation devices and all basic requirements of the fiscal authorities. Our TIM Card comes with additional memory for sales totals, programmed security functions, as well as technical interface specifications.
You can order your products here.
Do you have any questions? You can find the answers to frequently asked questions regarding the TIM Card in our Service & Support section.