Viaccess, a France Telecom company and leader in global content security, announced the 8th september it will unveil a new generation smart card, PC5, designed to fight the latest forms of piracy, including Control Word (CW) sharing piracy, regardless of the distribution network.
This is the first time Viaccess will present the PC5 smart card, which is specifically designed to combat the current piracy market that has evolved today and to continue to protect the assets of Viaccess’ Pay-TV clients. This reinforces Viaccess’ strategy to supply customers with a new card every 24 months to remain a step ahead of piracy.
New features and benefits of the PC5 to provide 360 degree security services for operators include:
• Advanced Content Protection - The new PC5 smart card is engineered to provide future-proof content protection, while ensuring optimal compatibility with existing and deployed set-top-boxes (STBs).
• Flexible Content Protection - PC5 introduces over the air renewability of the CW protection system on trusted STBs. This enhances the CW security mechanisms that protect the connection between the smartcard and the STB.
• Increased Operator ROI and Management of Security Over Time - PC5 has embedded renewability against Pay-TV threats, including a card loader. PC5 implements over-the-air renewability of smart card software for increased protection against illegal modifications and emulations. These are few of new and additional means for operators to manage security over time and maintain the highest level of security versus evolving security risks.
“While some other companies seem to forget that security and anti-piracy are the cornerstones of the conditional access business and/or neglect the importance of fighting effectively on the field new forms of piracy, Viaccess confirms its focus on these fundamental components of its 360° security strategy which is illustrated in our PC5 smart card,” said François Moreau de Saint Martin, CEO, Viaccess.
“PC5 has been designed according to an in-depth analysis of the threats for the business of the pay TV operators, considering the latest evolutions of the piracy business. PC5 embeds technologies targeting modified original smartcards, smartcard emulations and other threats, and it also embeds brand new technologies against card sharing and control word sharing over different networks such as satellite and the open Internet,” he added.