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  CardOS API

CardOS API enhances the use of public key technology in a company by the flexibility and security of a smart card or other security tokens with the Siemens smart card operating system CardOS. CardOS API offers all necessary application programming interfaces to perform encryption, authentication and digital signatures together with the common business applications.

Order Information

Product Number: AT.API_V5.2
Price per unit: 54.95 US $
39.95 £
49,95 €
10 units and more: 32.95 US $
23.95 £
29,95 €
100 units and more: 21.94 US $
15.96 £
19,95 €
1000 units and more: 13.14 US $
9.56 £
11,95 €
12 months

SPECIAL PROJECT PRICING AVAILABLE; especially together with CardOS Cards and Omnikey Readers. ASK for YOUR PRICING as REFERENCE project.



higher volumes up on request
CardOS API V5.2 Alle Preise sind Netto-Preise. Verkauf nur an gewerbliche Abnehmer. Ask for project-pricing.

Product Information

The CardOS API software package installs the CardOS PKCS#11 library and includes a Cryptographic Service Provider (CSP). That’s why the power of a smart card can be used for all security-critical operations and tasks:


  • Store private keys, certificates and private data in a tamperresistant storage. 
  • Perform secure and critical operations as key generation, key exchange and digital signatures, protected and separated from other parts of the system.
  • Guarantee the portability of credentials (key pair, related certificate) and other private information between computers at several work places, in the office, at home or at the notebook.


On one single smart card the CardOS API enables:

  • Different applications using one and the same key set, 
  • One application using the appropriate keys or 
  • A mixture of both, regardless whether PKCS#11 or CSP applications are needed.

Standard Features

` Microsoft smart card Minidriver for Windows Base CSP V7.06: Application interface on Windows platforms

` RSA Public Key Cryptographic Standard PKCS #11: Cryptographic Token Interface Standard Cryptoki (V2.11): RSA standard application interface on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X

` RSA Public Key Cryptographic Standard PKCS #15: Cryptographic Token Information Format Standard: Dynamic PKCS#15 file system on the smart card

` PC/SC V2.01: Interface to smart card readers

` PC/SC V2.01, Part 10: Interface to smart card readers with PIN pad

` Tokend on Mac OS X



The CardOS API software is delivered for each operating system family on CD ROM. It includes the following components:

For Windows:

` Minidriver for CardOS

` PKCS#11 crypto module for CardOS

` PIN Management utility

` CardOS API-Viewer

` Documentation

` SigGPIN utility (optional)

For Linux:

` PKCS#11 crypto module for CardOS

` PIN Management utility

` Documentation

For Mac OS X:

` PKCS#11 crypto module for CardOS

` Tokend crypto module for CardOS

` PIN Management utility

` Documentation

Technical Specifications

System requirements:|

Supported Operating Systems:|

` Windows XP Professional Edition (SP3)|

` Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (SP2)|

` Windows Vista Enterprise Edition (SP2)|

` Windows Vista Enterprise x64 Edition (SP2)|

` Windows 7 (SP1)|

` Windows 7 x64 (SP1)|

` Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (SP2)|

` Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition (SP2)|

` Windows Server 2008 (SP2)|

` Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (SP2)|

` Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition x64 (SP1)|

` Citrix Terminalserver (Windows Server)|

` Linux |

` Mac OS X |

Supported Smart Cards:|

` CardOS V5.0 *

` CardOS V4.4

` CardOS V4.3 B

` CardOS DI V4.2 C

` CardOS V4.2 C

` CardOS DI V4.2 B

` CardOS V4.2 B

` CardOS M4.01a


Smart Card Reader:

PC/SC compatible smart card readers and

selected PC/SC V2.01 Part 10 compatible PIN

pad smart card readers under Windows.


CardOS API supports various applications via the standard interfaces:|

Example Applications:

` Microsoft Windows PKI

` Microsoft CA / ILM / FIM

` Microsoft Windows smart card Logon

` Microsoft Internet Explorer

` Microsoft Outlook

` Microsoft Outlook Express

` Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint

` Microsoft CAPICOM

` Microsoft EFS

` Microsoft Windows Terminal Services

` Adobe Acrobat

` Mozilla Thunderbird

` Mozilla Firefox

` Mac OS X Mail

` Mac OS X Safari

` Checkpoint VPN