JAKARTA, Indonesia, May 12, 2017 — Xirka Silicon Technology today unveiled the launch of Chipset SCard XCT136, the first local Indonesian smart card, providing multi-function purposes for student identity cards. To track student attendance, it works by using computerized fingerprint scanners to ensure a secure environment. It also offers a cashless transaction option, so all transactions related to university activities can be done by swiping the card.
Supported by Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education together with Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Informatics, the chipset currently targets educational institutions, such as University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Hasanuddin University, and Telkom University, and is widely applied to electronic student identity cards.
“The digital economy has a tremendous potential in advancing the Indonesian economy. This sector will contribute up to 11% of economic development in 2020. If accomplished, in 2030 Indonesia will occupy the 8th position in the world economy. Therefore, it needs greater innovation to face global competitiveness and this chipset development is the answer,” said Rudiantara, Minister of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia at the launch ceremony of Chipset SCard XCT 136 on May 12th 2017.
Through Industrial Technology Development Program and Technology Innovation Program, Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia initiated the product development, involving students from state universities in Indonesia. By participating in the development process, the students are given the opportunity to showcase their ability to create and innovate, among their peers.
According to research from MARS Indonesia, in 2016, state universities in Indonesia had a total of 507,000 new students. “Therefore, to answer market needs, Xirka Silicon Technology will provide up to 1 million units of Chipset SCard XCT136 per year for those universities,” said Sylvia W. Sumarlin, President Director of PT Xirka Silicon Technology.
Research and production of each component of the chipset are carried out domestically in Bandung, West Java, ensuring security against data breaches and fraud from cyber criminals. The exclusive production of chipset components in Indonesia has been successful so far in preventing other countries from gaining access or gathering information about the design and architectureof these detailed components. “It ensures data confidentiality, since no other regions will have any access to its design without Xirka’s permission,” added Sylvia.
Xirka Silicon Technology started producing chipsets in 2007 and entered into the wider APAC regional market by partnering with Siltera-Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan. They won the first prize at Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Award 2008 (APICTA) for the development of WiMAX baseband chipset. In 2016, Xirka Silicon Technology completed development of its local smart card protocol, which includes Key Management System, Card Management System (CMS), and Smart Card Operating System allowing for support of multi-application features.
According to Sylvia, the chipset provides several blocks of data storage memory. “Each offers different functions, such as application ID, payment, and loyalty card. Early next year, Xirka plans to launch Near-Field Communication (NFC) chipsets, which is commonly used for electronic ticket and mobile payment.”
Together, Xirka Silicon Technology and Microelectronics Center Bandung Institute of Technology worked to optimize security and data storage by strengthening technologies in all support systems, including card reader portable, virtual Secure Access Module (SAM), secure network, and card database. In security optimization, Chipset SCard XCT136 utilizes security engine DES and 3DES, adding 136 Kbyte to the chipsets to support moreextensive data saving.
About PT Xirka Silicon Technology
Xirka Silicon Technology is a fabless company that focuses on the development of WiMAX baseband chipsets. Established in May, 2007, it delivers a System-on-Chip (SoC) for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) to fulfill businesses needs, supporting everybody’s dynamic lifestyle which very often requires immediate attention and action. To provide assurance, our SoC uses IEEE 802.16d-2004 standard for nomadic WiMAX and IEEE 802.16e-2005 for mobile WiMAX.
Continuing its commitment as a design company, since 2011 Xirka hasdeveloped SIM cards and proceededwith smart card products and derivatives such as access cards, ID cardsand secured cards for banking by utilizing Near Field Communication (NFC) and RFID technologies.
A lot of IT equipment will benefit from Xirka’s chipset, such as, modem cards, computers, notebooks, mobile gadgets, CPE modems, etc. Xirkaalso recognizes the need of our clients to have a reliable chipset at an affordable price, therefore we havebuilt our research and design center and developed products with clients’ concerns on our mind.
PT Xirka Silicon Technology
Jl. Matraman I No. 9
Jakarta 13150, Indonesia
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