of SCP activities
The 25th ETSI Board meeting held on 29 -
30 March 2000 approved the creation of an ETSI Project for Smart Cards, TC SCP. Scp changed from EP to TC at ETSI Board meeting held on 19-20
October 2005. This ETSI Project has replaced the SMG Technical Sub-Committee, SMG9. The
first reason for the change to SMG9 was to create a central focus point for
the standardisation of a common IC card platform for 2G and 3G mobile
telecommunication systems. A second reason was and is to allow the
participation from companies involved in standardisation work for mobile
communication systems in 3GPP, 3GPP2, GAIT, T1P1, TR45 and others yet to be
The main responsibilities of TC SCP
development and maintenance of a
common IC card platform for all mobile telecommunication systems;
- development and maintenance of the
application independent specifications for the Integrated Circuit
Card/Mobile Equipment interface of those telecommunication systems under
the responsibility of ETS;
- development and maintenance of IC card
standards for general telecommunication purposes;
- development and maintenance of IC card
standards employing advanced security methods for telecommunications
applications such as financial transactions over Mobile Telecommunication
Networks ("mobile commerce").
The main tasks of TC SCP are:
of the common platform standards developed by the committee;
of enhancements to the common platform to allow the addition of innovative
features and functions;
of generic issues for IC cards for Telecommunications, these include but
are not restricted to:
enhancements and specification of new form factors,
enhancements such as new commands and improved speed,
application download and load mechanisms,
parameters and protocol issues,
security mechanisms and related protocols,
functionality for use by applications supported by the common platform
for the use of low voltage technology for telecommunications cards;
of the existing specification ETSI TS 102 222 for administrative commands;
and maintenance of IC card related test specifications for the common
platform in collaboration with the respective
groups of 3GPP and other mobile smart card specification bodies;
and investigation of the standardisation of application features such as
ME personalisation, PLMN selectors, access technology selectors and a
common phonebook (Telecom Directory);
and investigation of new features and functionalities such as transmission
enhancements and the use of databases.
SCP has direct liaisons with the relevant
bodies of all committees involved in elaborating the common platform. In
particular, SCP has direct liaisons with ETSI TC SEC involved in the
specification of security matters.
In addition, SCP has liaison with CEN
TC224 and other regional / national bodies to be identified. Some informal
liaison is handled by delegates attending international standardisation
meetings and forums, for example ISO TC68 SC6, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC17, the Java
Card Forum and the Open Mobile Alliance.
For further information on fora SCP liases
with please refer to:
SCP established 3 Working groups. For
further information on the ToRs of the working groups please refer to the
Work achieved, current specifications
The following set of specification was
created and is maintained by TC SCP:
TS 101 220 Rel-5 and Rel-6 “ETSI
numbering system for telecommunication application providers”
This Release 5/6 specification replaces the previous Release 99 and Release 4
version of the specification. The aim of the specification is to have one core
document describing and specifying the mechanism for the reservation and
allocation of AIDs. It was created by merging the existing ETSI TS 101 220
specification with 3GPP TS 31.110 and other such specifications.
TS 102 124 Rel-6 "Transport Protocol For CAT Applications;
Service Description; Stage 1"
This document defines the stage one description of the Transport Protocol,
CAT_TP, for CAT applications based on TS 102 223.
TS 102 221 R99, Rel-4, Rel-5 and Rel-6
“UICC-Terminal interface; Physical and logical characteristics”
TS 102 221 is THE core physical and logical specification that is
used by “Partner” committees as a foundation for the development of system
specific specifications on top of the SCP specification.
TS 102 222 R99, Rel-4, Rel-5 and Rel-6
“Administrative commands for telecommunications applications”:
This specification includes a set of administrative commands used for
telecommunications applications. The commands defined in the document are
compliant to the commands defined in the ISO/IEC 7816 series where
corresponding commands in ISO/IEC are available.
TS 102 223 Rel-4, Rel-5 and Rel-6 “ Card
Application Toolkit (CAT)”:
This specification is the core toolkit specification that is used by
"Partner" committees as a foundation for the development of system
specific specifications which refer to the SCP toolkit core specification.
TS 102 224 Rel-6 “Security mechanisms
for UICC based Applications - Functional requirements”;
TS 102 225 Rel-6 “Secured packet structure for UICC based applications”;
TS 102 226 Rel-6 “Remote APDU structure for UICC based applications”:
These specifications contain a set of common security features that can be
used by applications based on the UICC as well as the description of the
remote management of files and applications on the UICC based on a secured
TS 102 230 R99 and Rel-4 “UICC-Terminal
interface; Physical, electrical and logical test specification”:
This document is the corresponding test specification to the core
specification in TS 102 221.
TS 102 240 Rel-6 “UICC Application
Programming Interface and Loader Requirements; Service description”:
This specification contains a common set of requirements. Programming language
specific APIs and Loader mechanisms are built according to the requirements
stated in this specification.
102 241 for Rel-6: “Java CardTM Application Programming Interface
for the UICC”.
This document defines the stage two description of the “Application
Programming Interface and Loader Requirements” as defined in TS 102 240. It
describes the functional capabilities and the information flow for the UICC
API implemented according to the Java Card™ 2.2 specification.
TR 102 151 Rel-6 "Measurement of
Electromagnetic Emission of SIM Cards;"
The document describes:
- a reference test board and TEM cell
for EM measurements of smart cards;
- EM measurement procedures for smart
card using the reference test board and TEM cell;
- Sample EM measurements of already
existing smart cards.
102 216 for all Releases: "Vocabulary for Smart Card Platform
This document is a collection of terms, definitions, abbreviations and
acronyms related to the baseline documents defining SCP objectives and systems
framework. This document provides a tool for further work on SCP technical
documentation and facilitates their understanding.
102 242 for Rel-6: "Terminal - card interface; Considerations on
Extensive use of the GSM
specifications had highlighted a potential weakness of the communication
interface between smart card and terminal. The evaluation showed that radiated
RF bursts could generate significant I/O line voltage drops that could lead to
major communication interference. The Technical Report describes the failure
mechanisms that could potentially generate major operating issues between the
terminal and the card, the countermeasures that should be applied within the
current specifications and the enhancements that may further increase the
interface robustness. This TR concludes the discussion on EMC issues mentioned
in previous Management Reports.
A complete list of all active and
completed work items and detailed information on them can be found on the SCP
portal in the “Work Item Monitoring” window. The following list gives an
overview of the active work items:
SCP started its work at Release 1999 (see
above for details on the specifications available for R99). SCP followed the
time schedule for the completion of releases and the numbering scheme of 3GPP.
Release 5 was closed at SCP #10 in June 2002.
Maintenance of specifications
SCP stops the maintenance of a release of
a specification after 2 years. Only essential corrections will be done after a
specification has been frozen.