RIP Smartcard? Verimatrix award-winners think so

Steve Oetegenn, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Verimatrix, has suggested that the era of the smartcard is coming to a close, after VCAS™ for DASH, the world’s first commercial-grade MPEG-DASH secure delivery solution, was selected as the best content security product of the year at ConnectedWorld.TV Awards ceremony at the Amsterdam IBC.

Smartcard redundancy, Oetegenn argued, is the result of new STBs, with inbuilt secure zones within their SoCS, removing the necessity of external smartcard security.

“Currently, 90% of our new business or business opportunities are for cardless solutions,” Oetegenn pointed out, citing the last year as the tipping point. “The figure was more like 40% a year ago. This was the year when it really switched.”

While the booming significance of multiscreen TV is one factor in the demise of the smartcard (you simply cannot put a smartcard in an iPad), the main cause is the changing nature of the security threat, with hackers typically targeting the communications path between the smartcard and the SCB, a vulnerability eradicated by secure processors.

The ConnectedWorld.TV Awards honour creative broadcasters as well as innovative technology companies and consumer electronics manufacturers. “Receiving this award underscores our overall position of security leadership in the post-smartcard era,” said Oetegenn, “and our work with key partners to make the transition to DASH streaming services a commercial reality.”

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