Sunday, October 9, 2011

PC/SC workgroup, November 2011 meeting

2 times a year the PC/SC workgroup is having a meeting.

When and Where?

The next meeting is planned on November 15th 2011 during the "Cartes & Identification" international event in Paris, France.


The members of the PC/SC workgoup are mainly smart card and reader manufacturers.

Core Members:

  • Gemalto
  • Oracle

Associate Members:

  • Advanced Card Systems
  • Athena Smartcard Solutions
  • C3PO S.A.
  • Cherry /ZF Electronics GmbH
  • HID Global
  • Infineon
  • Kobil Systems GmbH
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • O2Micro, Inc.
  • Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
  • Sagem Monetel GmbH
  • SCM Microsystems
  • Siemens
  • Todos
  • Toshiba
  • Xiring

One particularly missing member is Microsoft. Microsoft was a core member for a long time but has now disappeared from the PCSC workgoup list.


Since 1 year I am an invited member of the PC/SC workgroup as a Free Software member and author of pcsc-lite and libccid. In practice I am (just) on one of the PC/SC workgroup mailing list. This list is very quiet since nearly everything is discussed and resolved during the 2 meetings each year.


If you are not a member of the PC/SC workgroup you can't change the standard. But you may have good ideas for a new and missing feature.
For example the FEATURE_GET_TLV_PROPERTIES service is something that was added in March 2010 after a proposal I made with the help of Gemalto. So an evolution of the standard is possible.

If, as an PC/SC application author, you think something is missing in the PC/SC standard just tell me. I will try to propose it for inclusion.


Please share your good ideas about the evolution of PC/SC.