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ISG Smart Card Centre attracts industry funding from Orange

Posted on 07/07/2011

Orange Labs UK (Orange) has announced its collaboration with The Information Security Group (ISG) Smart Card Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London and has committed significant funding to the core research programme.

The Smart Card Centre is a partnership between academia and industry to provide a worldwide centre of excellence for training, research and consultancy in smart cards, tokens, security and applications.

Orange Labs has a wealth of expertise and influence, and is already providing expert lecturers for the SCC MSc module as well as suggesting MSc projects and offering student internships. A sponsored PhD post will be offered this year, jointly supported by the SCC and Orange. Orange will also be the main sponsor of the SCC Open Day exhibition on 6 September. The event is an opportunity to showcase research from students studying at the Centre alongside innovative technology from sponsors and other organisations active in the field.

Dr Keith Mayes, Director of the SCC at Royal Holloway, says: “The research collaboration with Orange Labs is very exciting and just ticks all the boxes. They have a lot of experts and access to latest technology; they are also actively engaged with our projects and students who they see as potential employees of the future. The added bonus is that Orange Labs is just along the road in Chiswick”.

Francois-Xavier Lecarpentier, CTO Orange Labs UK, adds: “We are pleased to be able to collaborate with the SCC and be associated with its reputation and activities. The SCC is a good match for some of our industry research objectives and it is very useful to have a local source of such well qualified students. I am looking forward to building on the relationship over the coming years.”

The Smart Centre’s advice is much sought after to solve specific industry issues. During 2009 the SCC continued to provide expert support to the Dutch Transport Ministry with respect to the OV-Chipkaart used in transportation systems in the Netherlands. This work is expected to have a major impact on Dutch transportation for years to come.

The centre also continues its programme of research and teaching relating to security aspects, systems and new directions in areas including mobile, smart card, RFID and near-field communication services and platforms, contactless smart cards, payment, identification and access control, item tagging/tracking and intelligent transport systems.



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