Part of the Europe's strength in security comes from its early
pioneering of the smartcard as an embedded application in the 1980s.
Another part comes from the position of the annual conference and
exhibition Cartes, which takes place in Paris.
This year Cartes
takes place at the Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition centre from Nov. 6
to 8 and expects to host 430 exhibitors and 140 conference presentations
while covering a broad range of secure applications including mobile
payment, near-field communications, contactless and biometric
technology, machine-to-machine communications.
One of the
co-located specialist meetings set to take place at Cartes is the
Hardware Intrinsic Security initiative. The membership of that two-year
old organization includes Cisco Systems, IMEC, Intrinsic-D, Irdeto,
Microsemi, MIPS Technologies, NXP Semiconductors, Oberthur, Renesas
Electronics, Technikon and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacutring Co. Ltd.