Web-Based Smart Card Agent Environment and Applications for E-Commerce

Web-Based Smart Card Agent Environment and Applications for E-Commerce

Teoh Kok Poh (National University of Singapore, Singapore) and Sheng-Uei Guan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-01-3.ch012
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Issues on usability, security, and mobility have always been the main concerns for e-commerce implementations that aim to gain widespread public acceptance. Smart Card Agent Environment is designed to address these issues by using a combination of software agent and smart card technology. In this chapter, a functional overview of the proposed environment is presented to illustrate how these two technologies can be integrated to offer e-commerce services with high usability, security, and mobility. To further demonstrate the concept, a prototype implementation of the environment has been carried out. In this implementation, an on-card agent residing in the smart card is capable of storing critical data securely, providing digital ID and signature, and carrying out user authentication. On the other hand, off-card agent would provide various high-level agent services that can be used to carry out e-commerce activities. Before the end of the chapter, practical considerations for issues on security, technology acceptance, infrastructure availability, and standardization will be discussed.

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