Korea Airports Corporation (KAC), which operates airports in South Korea, has deployed a new solution based on the Cipurse security standard in order to upgrade airport access control systems for its staff.

As part of the project, German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies will provide security chips for the electronic access control cards used by airport personnel.

The new Infineon technology has already been implemented in three of the 14 Korean civil aviation airports operated by KAC.

Infineon Chip Card and Security Division vice-president Thomas Rosteck said: “Particularly, for airport management and operations, security and safety of passengers and staff are paramount.

“Cipurse is the most advanced and most comprehensive open security standard currently available.

"Cipurse is the most advanced and most comprehensive open security standard currently available."

“The market does not accept proprietary solutions anymore. Open standards broadly accepted by the industry are a must to continuously improve security, flexibility and cost efficiency of access systems.

"Cipurse is consequently the solution of choice for upgrading legacy systems.”

The Cipurse standard enables the implementation of secure, interoperable and cost-efficient access solutions based on an advanced encryption standard (AES) algorithm.

KAC’s new access control cards are equipped with Infineon’s SLS 32TLC100 Cipurse security controller with Common Criteria EAL5+ (high) certification.

Image: Korean Airports use Cipurse-based access control systems for staff. Photo: courtesy of Infineon.