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Eurosmart confirms the Industry key role in supporting the accelerating evolution of the digital world

Date: 26/04/2012

This year the General Assembly of Eurosmart confirms the robustness of the Smart Security Industry with double digit growth in all segments and new priorities set to contribute to the major evolutions undergone by the digital society.

A newly elected Bureau

The Eurosmart General Assembly, gathering on 25 April 2012 in Brussels, has unanimously elected a new Bureau:

- Oyvind Rastad (Gemalto) is elected as Chairman for a one-year mandate;

- Dr. Jochen Schöllmann (Giesecke & Devrient) is reelected as Vice-Chairman for a second mandate;

- Jérôme Ajdenbaum (Oberthur Technologies) is elected as Vice-Chairman;

- Sonja Gatzke (Infineon Technologies) is newly elected as Treasurer.

Bruno Dupont as Secretary General is also part of the Bureau but with no voting right.

Priorities for the coming years

Eurosmart Chairman, Oyvind Rastad, underlined 2011 key achievements to promote the Smart Security Industry and delivered a vision for future developments.

Among the priorities for 2012-2013, the General Assembly decided:

To intensify its efforts around promoting the use of Smart Security solutions to enhance the usability of digital services while protecting privacy and combating fraud. The association’s top priorities include Security of mobile devices, applications and transactions; Security and privacy in the Internet of Things’ environment; and Digital Identity and Access management for cloud based services;

- To keep focusing its efforts on Biometrics, relying on the work undertaken by the Biometrics Task Force in 2011.

The General Assembly also welcomed the organization of a major event on 20 June 2012, entitled “Security and privacy in the digital world - Solutions from the Smart Security Industry”. Eurosmart will present four reference papers on the four key topics that were identified for 2012-2013, exchange and foster dialogue with European institutions and stakeholders.

For further details, the Eurosmart 2011-2012 Activity Report is now available on

New expert joining our Association

The General Assembly had the pleasure to welcome Jonas Andersson as new individual member of the Association. Jonas works on smart cards as ID documents and the use of biometrics.

Eurosmart expects over 7 billion smart secure devices to be shipped in 2012

Eurosmart has increased the final figures for SIMs and microcontroller payment cards shipped in 2011 to respectively 4,700 million and 1,050 million units, thereby bringing the total shipment of microcontroller based Smart Secure Devices close to 6,300 million units in 2011. Eurosmart expects the double digit growth to continue in all major segments in 2012, bringing the 2012 total smart secure device forecast to over 7 billion units. The major growth drivers have not changed since our last forecast, the most relevant ones being:


· Still strong growth in developing markets

· M2M technology opening new applications and expanding the smart security market, - automotive, smart metering, etc

· Deployment of cellular connected consumer devices like tablets and eReaders

· Deployment of 4G with currently over 50 commercial LTE networks globally, enabling feature rich IP services


· EMV migration driving growth in Latin America and China. India is set to become the next big country to migrate.

· Confirmed EMV migration in the US. Shipments in the millions are already happening and will be driven by the liability shift going forward.

· Ongoing deployment of Dual interface (contact & contactless)

Government ID-Healthcare

· Strong growth in National eID programs

· Ongoing smart healthcare programs


Eurosmart confirms its 2012 forecast, expecting secure NFC device shipments to be in the range of 80 to 120 million units
We are seeing confirmation that leading handset manufacturers have started to include NFC in their smart phones
Furthermore, there is a lot of market activities around mobile financial services in general and mobile NFC services in particular. Several major MNOs and banks as well as Visa and MasterCard have started to market NFC services
Industry alliances and partnerships have been formed to speed up the adoption

Eurosmart presents twice a year its market analysis and vision of the Smart Security market worldwide.

Eurosmart figures for 2011 global smart cards shipments and 2012 forecast, including secure contactless, are presented in the tables below.

What is Eurosmart?

Eurosmart is an international non-profit association located in Brussels and representing the Smart Security Industry for multi-sector applications. Founded in 1995, the association is committed to expanding the world’s Smart Secure Devices market, developing Smart Security standards and continuously improving quality and security applications.

Members are manufacturers of smart cards, semiconductors, terminals, equipment for smart cards system integrators, application developers and issuers who work into dedicated working groups (communication, marketing, security, electronic identity, and prospect emerging markets).

Members are largely involved in political and technical initiatives as well as research and development projects at the European and international levels.

Eurosmart is acknowledged as representing “the Voice of the Smart Security Industry”.

Eurosmart members are companies (Austria Card, EM Electronic Marin, FNMT-RCM, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Infineon Technologies, Inside Secure, LFoundry, Morpho, NedCard, NXP Semiconductors, Oberthur Technologies, Prooftag, Renesas Electronics, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba), payment systems (GIE Cartes Bancaires, Mastercard), laboratories (CEA-LETI), research organisations (Fraunhofer AISEC), associations (Smart Payment Association, Mobismart, Danish Biometrics) and independent experts (Michel Koenig, Jonas Andersson).

For more information, please visit


Eurosmart General Secretariat

Rue du Luxembourg 19-21

B-1000 Brussels

Tel: + 32 2 506 88 38

Fax: + 32 2 506 88 25