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Digital tachographs use Infineon's security chips

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:security controller? digital tachograph? Common Criteria?

Infineon Technology has announced that Continental's new generation of digital tachographs VDO DTCO incorporate its security chips. The device has allowed the company to efficiently implement high security standards set by the European Union (EU) in 2009 for such systems, stated Continental. The chips are certified according to "Common Criteria EAL5+ high" and allow reliable authentication in digital tachographs, added Infineon.

Since May 2006, the digital tachograph is mandatory in the EU for all new registered trucks exceeding 3.5 tons and for buses or coaches with more than eight seats. From October 2012, according to EU regulations, only new-generation devices are permitted to be installed in trucks and coaches that are less easy to manipulate and less likely to malfunction. The EU has introduced the electronic "blackbox" to improve safety on the roads by means of efficient monitoring of journey time.

On average, around 500,000 new trucks are registered in the EU every year. Each one has to be fitted with a fixed installed digital tachograph. The electronic tachograph records data regarding the total distance, road speed and engine speed of the vehicle as well as the driving and rest periods of the driver. The journey data has to be stored for at least a year.

The security controller from Infineon used in this application is tested by the accredited internationally recognized testing and certification company T-Systems. The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) confirmed its high-quality security based on "Common Criteria", an internationally recognized standard for the strict evaluation and certification of security chips.

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