The Secure Information Technology Center - Austria (A-SIT) is an organisation that is supported by the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF), the Central Bank of the Republic of Austria (OeNB), the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) and the Federal Computing Centre (BRZ). A-SIT Website
A free software application by the A-Trust company, which makes Citizen Card functionality available for Windows operating system. (Cryptographic Service Provider). The a.sign client is required for Citizen Card software (Citizen Card environment) from A-Trust and the program VPDFSign, for signing PDF files. a.sign Client Website
Activation describes the process of setting-up your mobile phone or your e-card as a Citizen Card. Activate your Citizen Card
Precursor to the qualified signature. Certificates for administrative signatures are not issued anymore, but still remain valid until their expiry date (end of 2012 at the latest). An administrative signature is an advanced signature that is equivalent to a qualified signature in e-government If you have an administrative signature and want to change to a qualified signature, you will need a new e-card:
A software program that runs in a browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) Applets are written in the programming language Java.
A coding system that uses 64 different characters (26 upper-case letters, 26 lower-case letters, 10 digits 0-9, + and /). Base64 is widely used - e.g. all e-mail attachments are coded in this form.
The company BDC EDV Consulting GmbH specialises in IT consulting, project management and software development in the areas
A device that is connected to your computer. It is able to read and write data on a Chipcard.
Simply put, a certificate is an electronic file that confirms your identity. Technical explanation: A trust service provider (e.g. A-Trust) confirms that a public key really belongs to a certain person. The certificate is only valid for a certain length of time (genereally 5 years) and is signed by the trust service provider with its private key.
The eIDAS regulation differentiates between qualified certificates and (non-qualified) certificates.
A plastic card with an embedded metal chip (usually gold coloured). Examples: e-card, A-Trust card, ...
Software that is necessary for using Citizen Card functionality on the card. The Austrian Federal Chancellery recommends Mocca software for the Citizen Card. Additional Citizen Card environments are available from other private companies such as the A-Trust Citizen Card environment, trustDesk and hotSign.
A number assigned to you in the Central Register of Residents (CRR). Every person registered in Austria can be uniquely identified by this number. CRR numbers are 12 digits long, e.g. 000247681888. They consist of random numbers and a checksum. You can see your CRR number on your proof of residency certificate (this replaces the old registration document starting Mar. 1, 2002):
Request your proof of residency certificate using your Citizen Card
Datentechnik Innovation is a software company located in Vienna and Graz. The company focuses on development and integration of software products and complete solutions for e-government and e-health.
Website of Datentechnik Innovation
All cards issued before December 2009. You can also check the top right corner (under the SV logo) - there will not be any braille text. G2 e-cards contain two ECDSA key pairs.
All cards issued starting from November 2014 are 4th Generation e-cards. They have a different SV Logo right on the top, as well as another green tone.
e-government (German: "e-Regierung") is a general description for the effort to simplify public administration processes using computers.
The electronic version of a hand-written signature. The eIDAS-Regulation recognises three levels of quality for electronic signatures:
The Finance Office's Internet platform for taking care of tax matters online.
A checksum number derived from the original text. It is used to check if the text is complete and whether or not it has been manipulated. Popular hash algorithms are MD5, CRC and SHA.
It comes from the English verb "to hash", meaning to cut into small pieces. On restaurant menus, "hash" is another name for ground beef.
An identity link is used to establish a connection between your qualified certificate and your Source PIN Since you are only identified in the certificate by your name, mix-ups can occur if someone has the same name as you. On a technical level, the identity link is a file signed by the Source PIN Register Authority in XML format. It is saved to the chip on your card during the activation process
Memory area on the e-card. The identity link is e.g., saved in an infobox; as are mandates.
IT Solution has been developing software for digital signatures for different areas of application since 1998.
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A programming language that is installed by default in most browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.).
The graphical component of the official signature. It helps users recognize the signing authority more quickly. A logo is the electronic equivalent of an official stamp or seal. Logo examples:
These are the identification documents that are accepted at the registration sites:
This is the electronic signature or electronic seal used by the authorities that adheres to the PDF-ASstandard. An official signature can be an advanced or a qualified signature or seal. An official signature consists of:
A standard specified by EGIZ for signing PDFs. The abbreviation AS originally stood for the German word
PDF-AS signatures are not compatible with Adobe signatures . PDF-AS signatures always contain a signature block. With PDF-AS text signatures, this makes it possible to verify the signature on printed documents (however, this requires that the entire text be typed in). More information on PDF signatures
This password allows you to deactivate the Citizen Card functionality (both certificates will be permanently revoked). The revocation password consists of 6 to 10 characters (letters and digits). You can choose the password upon activation. (Without your revocation password, you will not be able to revoke the Citizen Card, however, you will still be able to suspend it.)
A number derived from the Source PIN which can be used by public authorities to identify a person (e.g. j/NxdRQhp+tNyE9WhHdBSYuy3hA=). To calculate the sector specific personal identifer, a sector code (identifying the sector) from the respective area is used (along with the Source PIN) (e.g. UW for environment (German: Umwelt) or SA for taxes (German: Steuern und Abgaben). This process ensures that one person is not able to be identified across different administrative areas. It is also not possible to recalculate the original Source PIN from the sector specific personal identifier.
The hash algorithm used with the Citizen Card. The abbreviation stands for Secure Hash Algorithm.
This password protects access to the Citizen Card functionality on mobile phones. Basically, it's a PIN code for your mobile phone. The signature password consists of 6 to 20 characters (letters and digits). You can choose the password upon activation.
This ten digit number is your customer number for your social insurance provider. The last six numbers are usually (but not always) your date of birth (e.g., 050670 for June 5, 1970).
An EU initiative to link all the different "Citizen Card" (eID’s) from different European countries together. The abbreviation stands for Secure identity across borders linked. Stork Website
A supplementary register to the Central Register of Residents (CRR) that allows persons not registered in Austria to obtain a Citizen Card.
Background info: The identity link of the Citizen Card is based on the Source PIN, which is derived from the CRR number . Anyone who is not registered in Austria will not be listed in the Central Register of Residents and will therefore not have a CRR number.
The second part of authentication for the Citizen Card on your mobile phone. After you have logged in with your signature password, you receive a SMS with your TAN code. It consists of 6 characters (letters and digits) and is valid for five minutes. TAN stands for transaction number.
A symmetric encryption algorithm. The block size is 64 Bit, i.e. the length of the information to be encrypted must be a multiple of 64 Bits. The triple designation means, in essence, that the DES encryption process is repeated three times. The abbreviation DES stands for Data Encryption Standard.
The E-Government Act defines that a printed electronic document of an authority is assumed to be authentic if signed with an official signature. The visual signature block of the official signature gives information on its verification. This can vary depending on the authority.
A standardised file format used to exchange information. For example, for a person named Susanne Muster, born Jan. 1, 1950, the following would appear in her identity link:
<pr:Name> <pr:GivenName>Susanne</pr:GivenName> <pr:FamilyName primary="undefined">Muster</pr:FamilyName> </pr:Name> <pr:DateOfBirth>1950-01-01</pr:DateOfBirth>