AusweisApp and the eID Service/Server – Online Identification Finally more Secure

  • Werner Braun
  • Dirk Arendt


Anyone applying for a new ID document in Germany from November 2010 onwards will receive something completely innovative. The new electronic proof of identity comes in credit card format and, in addition to its official functions, can be used as an ID card when visiting the virtual city hall or shopping online, for instance.

The key components involved in using the ID card for identification purposes on the Internet are the AusweisApp and the eID service. These components form the innovative security infrastructure that makes online identification possible. One outstanding characteristic of the German eID model is its excellent interoperability with regard to the integration of smart cards, card readers, platforms and applications. This approach is also suitable for use in other countries.

Siemens IT Solutions and Services and OpenLimit are playing a key role in planning and executing the “new ID“ project. Siemens IT Solutions and Services is the general contractor and responsible for the overall architecture of the IT solution, the Web portal, and the creation and integration of the application. Longstanding specialists in the field of signature and encryption technologies, OpenLimit is developing and maintaining the AusweisApp and the eID server middleware.

Application integration of the new ID card is a complex, multi-layered process requiring in-depth industry knowledge and IT expertise. Siemens IT Solutions and Services was able to demonstrate its exceptional know-how right from the very start of the project.

As an experienced supplier of certified software, OpenLimit takes care of all aspects related to the creation and operation of an eID server and development of the AusweisApp and individually adapted eID clients.


Service Provider Smart Card Online Service Card Reader Service Provider Application 
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© Vieweg+Teubner Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Werner Braun
    • 1
  • Dirk Arendt
    • 2
  1. 1.Siemens IT Solutions and ServicesSiemens AGMunichGermany
  2. 2.OpenLimit SignCubes AGBaarSwitzerland

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