CardOS API provides powerful implementations of the two standard application interfaces for cryptographic services: PKCS#11 (Cryptographic Token Interface) and support of Microsoft CAPI through CardOS API Minidriver.
Via the CAPI interface under Microsoft Windows, CardOS API provides key and certificate management for applications which is seamlessly integrated in the operating system. The PKCS#11 interface allows applications under Windows, Linux and Mac OS X to use the CardOS API functionalities.
Various applications can access the same key material via both interfaces simultaneously. The CardOS API provides a standard-based dynamic PKCS#15 file system on the smart card which can be flexibly customized according to customer requirements.
Thus the CardOS API enables simple and efficient use of CardOS smart cards with cryptographic keys and certificates in numerous applications. Support of various operating systems, use of international standards and the realization of state-of-the-art cryptographic algorithms ensure sustainability for the future. The new option to insert PINs via PinPad reader (SPE) protects against eavesdropping of PINs on the computer.