Rooms and Facilities
Smart Card Centre Laboratories
The Smart Card Centre Laboratories provide a practical learning and testing environment for mobile and smart token related research projects undertaken as part of Ph.D. and M.Sc. academic courses, offered by The Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London.
The Showcase Laboratory houses a mobile and smart token related software tools and equipment, which have been generously provided by the SCC founders, partners and supporters. The laboratory also contains several previous student projects and demonstrators that illustrate the different applications, and security aspects, of mobile and smart token technology to visitors from both industry and academia. Research students have access Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) for developing mobile and smart token applications, and the tools for testing these applications. The lab also has a collection of smart cards, smart card readers and mobile devices. For hardware security projects the lab has a physical probe station and equipment for performing side-channel analysis.
The RFID Laboratory was opened in March 2008, part funded by Royal Holloway's DGG program, and dedicated to practical, hardware projects related to Radio Frequency IDentification. The laboratory has dedicated workspaces for the development of hardware prototypes, and also contains test and measurement equipment for generating and receiving radio signals in the HF and UHF bands. Embedded development tools and kits for microcontroller and FPGA devices, and the Centre's own contactless test-bed are available for research projects. The laboratory has a collection of RFID and contactless tokens, readers and NFC devices along with a basic supply of configurable logic devices, discrete and analogue components.
Queens Annex is the largest of the three laboratories and is equipped with multiple workstations. This lab is the main working area for Ph.D and M.Sc students, providing them with a dedicated space to work and develop their ideas.