Security is one of the major social challenges countries are facing today. Every day, we find ourselves dealing with interconnected networks at home and at work. In a digital economy, computers, mobile phones and the internet simply have to work. New technologies not only provide better safety and protect our privacy; they also add a range of user-friendly services, such as online payment transactions.
But security is not only about protecting data. In the Netherlands, high-level efforts are being undertaken to tackle the social challenge of security. solutions to security issues require a global approach, which is a challenge in itself as users' privacy must be guaranteed at all times. New technologies are bringing positive aspects to the table: better security; better privacy and individual identity protection; and a broad range of new, user friendly services.
In the Netherlands, a chip technology has been developed for identification checks on passports. NXP semiconductors is the market leader in the area of secure chips for passports. Innovations such as near field communications are also bringing new applications within reach.