ID WORLD International Congress: Dirk Arendt

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Dirk Arendt

Vice-President – Business Development and Corporate Communications – Openlimit SignCubes

Speaks at ID WORLD on Secure Identification

Dirk Arendt was born in 1966 and is a German national. As Vice President, Business Development, he has been a member of the board of managment of the OpenLimit Group since January 2009. From 1988- 1993 Dirk Arendt passed a training program as assistant tax accountant. Afterwards he studied law at the Freie Universität Berlin and successfully finished his studies in 1999. From 1999 – 2002 he worked as a lwayer at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. In 2002 Dirk Arendt started working for the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V. There he has been establishing and devolping the business area “eGovernment” as scientific assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS since October 2002. Dirk Arndt is one of the co-initators and “driving force” of the idea of the “independent Fraunhofer FOKUS eGovernment laboratory. Dirk Arndt represents the interests of OpenLimit in selected national and international boards and associations.

“CitizenClient teaches the new German identity card to work on the internet”

The CitizenClient is the application software for the new identity card in Germany. With the help of this program card holders can securely and unequivocally identify themselves in the future. The software enables the card holder to access his ID via his computer and to authenticate himself online. Citizens can explicitly identify themselves on portals and platforms, during an online banking session as well as in e-Government. It is, for example, no longer necessary to personally apply for a trade license. The security of personal data, digital exchange processes and the comfort of online services will thus considerably increase. In addition, a certificate for a qualified electronic signature on the identity card can be installed. On the basis of e-Card API the CitizenClient is a middleware technology for the application of different cards as the electronic health card(eGK), the healthcare profession identity card(HBA) but also for international Smartcards.

How does the communication between citizens and providers of an online service, for example a public authority, work? The citizen visits the website where he/she wants to use a service that requires the authentication with the ID. He/She inserts his/her identity card in the card reader, which is linked up with the computer via a USB-connection. The website of the public authority sends its Certificate of Eligibility (so to say the “identity card of the public authority”) via the third party, the eID server, to the computer of the citizen. The CitizenClient, installed on the citizen’s computer, creates an encrypted connection to eID server and to the website of the public authority. The eID server verifies both identities and grants access to the ID. By entering the PIN in CitizenClient the citizen confirms the readout of the data on the ID. In Germany, the introduction of the new identity card will be issued from November 1st, 2010.


Speaking on November 16

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