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Smartcards and identity cards

Technology, legal requirements, market needs and own performance profiles are subject to constant change. We adapt our quality management flexibly and quickly to the changing requirements. Everything is tested in the world's only accredited test laboratory for all tests on identification cards: identity cards, payment cards, health cards and electronic tickets.

Your benefit

We take your expectations and needs into account and have the protection of the environment in mind without losing sight of the profitability of your product. We offer you the all-round package: from the testing of individual properties to the complete examination of the aging resistance.

Due to our quality and standardization competence you do not have to invest time in extensive standard research and its implementation. We are always up to date and can also make statements for future generations of standards. 

For us, Mastercard, Visa, Gematik, ICAO and other industry standards are also not closed matters.

We will answer any of your questions in the field of smart cards and identity cards and will be happy to advise you. For us it goes without saying: we are trustworthy. You can rely on us!

We provide you with support for

  • the preparation of tender documents,

  • the proof of the tender requirements from an independent organisation,

  • the certification of conformity to standards,

  • the replacement of individual components without loss of quality,

  • Reduction of costs with the same quality,

  • the analysis of defects,

  • the interpretation of test standards,

  • Development of new card structures and special designs,

  • the simulation of accelerated artificial ageing (life cycle analysis).

Florian Hirschhalmer

Security Application

+49 89 431 82 - 275

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Your contact

I would be happy to assist you in all aspects of card examination and inform you about the latest developments in the standardisation field.

What you need to do

We make it as easy as possible for you! Send us your samples without obligation. We will coordinate the further procedure with you by telephone.

For the conformity test according to ISO/IEC 10373-xx we need the following from you

  • Samples that correspond as closely as possible in their layout and structure to the final products that will be issued later,

  • a detailed description of the card elements to be tested: signature strips, sensors, displays and security elements

Optically and electronically, the cards should be personalized with patterns. Ideally, you should provide us with the software of the practical application. Especially in the case of contactless card technologies, the tests can thus be carried out under real-life conditions.

For the analysis of defective cards we need from you

  • both the defective and new, error-free cards,

  • a description of the samples and defects as detailed as possible.

  • For an encrypted communication please send us your PGP key.

Please send the samples carefully packed, by express service and according to your safety requirements to:

Fogra Forschungsinstitut für Medientechnologien e.V.
Department Security Applications
Einsteinring 1a
85609 Aschheim b. München

Please make sure that no migration can take place between samples and specimens. Pack the samples separately in aluminium foil, for example.

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Our procedure

Once Fogra has received your order and samples, you will get an order confirmation containing all the details of the test period, contact person and price.

All laboratory tests are carried out according to standardized test specifications and our high quality standards. Finally, we regularly undergo audits and have our quality management system recertified. After completion of the audit, we summarize the results in a report. If deviations from standards or functional failures occur during the test, we will contact you immediately and provide you with advice.

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Our offer

I would be pleased to provide you a non-binding offer for your card verification:

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On request