Management of Multiple Cards in NFC-Devices

  • Gerald Madlmayr
  • Oliver Dillinger
  • Josef Langer
  • Josef Scharinger
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5189)


Near Field Communication (NFC) currently is one of the most promising technologies in handsets for contactless applications like ticketing or payment. These applications require a secure store for keeping sensitive data. Combining NFC with integrated smartcard chips in a mobile device allows the emulation of different cards. Representing each secure element with different UIDs poses several problems. Thus we propose an approach with a fixed UID dedicated to a Secure Element Controller (SEC). This approach allows an optimized backwards compatibility to already established reader infrastructures but also the communication in peer-to-peer mode with other NFC devices. Additionally the communication over peer-to-peer as well as the internal mode of secure elements at the same time is possible. This is approach poses a flexible alternative to the implementations proposed so far. In addition when there are to multiple, removable secure elements in a device it is ensured that the secure elements are only used by authorized user/devices. The SEC in this case handles the communication between the secure elements as well as their authentication.


Near Field Communication Initiator Mode Halt State External Reader Near Field Communication Technology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Madlmayr
    • 1
  • Oliver Dillinger
    • 1
  • Josef Langer
    • 1
  • Josef Scharinger
    • 2
  1. 1.FH OOE F&E GmbHNFC-Research LabHagenbergAustria
  2. 2.Johannes Kepler UniversitätLinzAustria

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