Middleware for Smartcards

So that you can permanently use multi-factor authentication with smartcards



How to manage smartcards in a secure and cost-efficient manner, independent of a manufacturer

Multi-factor authentication is an important part of any IT security concept. However, the investment put into identification measures, such as smartcards or tokens, is quite significant and often binds companies to a specific manufacturer for many years.

DriveLock SmartCard Middleware supports more than 100 smartcards and tokens. This ensures cost-effectiveness and flexibility of use. 

With the DriveLock Virtual SmartCard, you can also use your TPM chip as a virtual smartcard, save initial acquisition costs and rely on simple administration. 


All DriveLock SmartCard Middleware features at a glance

Multi-Vendor Support & Independence

Our middleware supports cards from all common smartcard providers and allows you to be independent of the manufacturer. (>100 smartcards)

Multi-platform support in diverse environments

DriveLock SmartCard Middleware is available on Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems.

Legacy Card Support

Simplify legacy card migration from all major vendors with a single middleware solution.

Application Support

Our SmartCard Middleware supports a wide range of applications through standard interfaces, including Windows CAPI, CNG and PKCS11. 


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SmartCard middleware ensures strict multi-factor authentication

DriveLock SmartCard Middleware simplifies the management of smartcard authentication. 

DriveLock smart card middleware is an essential security component when you need the strongest possible authentication.

It enables the secure storage and use of digital certificates as well as the associated keys on:

  • a smartcard
  • a virtual smartcard or
  • a USB token.

The middleware manages the interface to the card. It can be integrated into the operating system or application of the computer using a standard application programming interface such as Microsoft® Crypto API / CNG under Windows and PKCS11 under Windows, Mac and Linux.


Every enterprise-level solution should achieve this standard - fast, mature and comprehensive.


DriveLock has more than 10 years of experience in providing middleware for some of the largest enterprise smartcard projects in the world. As a result, the middleware is a mature, reliable and fully functional solution that is specifically tailored to your business requirements.



DriveLock SmartCard Middleware fully supports Windows Enterprise CA and all common card management systems. It can be configured to meet all the necessary security requirements of specific projects, including PIN management, caching and pass-through processes, certificate de-registration, certificate expiration notification and many other corporate features.



In addition, the middleware operates as fast as lightning. No more waiting for certificates to load and transactions to complete. Typical applications include a user login to a Windows domain, TLS server authentication, smartcard redirection for remote desktop and VDI, S/MIME email encryption and signing, BitLocker data encryption, FireFox surfing, and other applications that use digital certificates. 


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Technical details of the different middleware versions

  • SmartCard Middleware for PIV
    This version is of the US Government PIV standard, including support for the Department of Defense card (CAC), US Government Card (PIV) as well as SIPR, PIV-I, PIV-C and CIV.
  • SmartCard Middleware for Enterprises
    The version is for Integrators and Large Enterprises that need to support both legacy cards and new cards. This includes support for Charismathics profiles, IAS-ECC, as well as legacy cards from all major smart card vendors.
  • SmartCard Middleware for OEM
    The version is for OEM manufacturers, includes support for thin clients, printers, scanners, embedded operating systems and Android devices.

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