Government identity document schemes are significant investments in new national infrastructure. The ID cards and electronic passports deployed by such schemes need to support many years, often decades, of issuance and in the field usage. The security of government schemes is paramount, and nation states need to protect the integrity of these schemes by having control over every element.
MULTOS offers the option for national governments to deploy their own MULTOS scheme and operate their own Key Management Authority managing their own specially manufactured MULTOS devices. These MULTOS devices are, of course, 100% compatible and interoperable with all the off-the-shelf MULTOS applications, including those designed specifically for government use.
The ICAO LDS application, supporting both Basic Access Control and Extended Access Control, is used to deploy electronic passports that will be internationally accepted. The PIV application is in accordance with the US government FIPS201 specifications, and may be deployed for federal government or non-federal government card programmes. Most government programmes also include applications such as biometrics or PKI. MULTOS already supports many of these applications, or they can be easily developed.