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Detlef Houdeau

“Member of the focus group “Secure Mobile Identification”, working under the patronage of German MoI, Senior Director Business Development, Infineon, Germany

SDW Fishbowl – Bringing mobile ID platforms to life - practical considerations  

Extending physical citizen ID programmes to the mobile domain will revolutionise how people interact with just about everything: from accessing government services and entitlements to crossing borders, banking and beyond.  Yet the alluring promise of ubiquitous access and enhanced convenience is not without its challenges; particularly in the areas of regulatory reform, effective design, security and privacy.

This track explores the opportunities, trends and challenges along that path towards a safe, secure future with mobile citizen ID.


Detlef Houdeau is the Senior Director for Business Development in the government Identification (ID) market segment under the Chip Card & Security ICs (Integrated Circuits) business group. As the senior director of Business Development based in Germany, Houdeau is responsible for worldwide sales, customers and partners in the ID segment. The projects include combinations of IT security, biometric systems, digital signature, infrastructure systems for issuing ID card and e-passport.

Houdeau first joined Siemens AG in 1985 as the corporate research and development in Berlin, Germany. He held several positions, like project director for fiber optic components, quality program for voltage converter, improvement program for airbags in the automotive industry, for packages in the semiconductor industry and for now for the business development in the Chip Card & Security market. Over a period of 25 years, he was posted to various sites covering Berlin, Erlangen, Munich and Regensburg in Germany. In 1999, Infineon Technologies AG was spun off from Siemens AG.

Born in Germany, Houdeau holds a Diploma in Machine Construction, focusing on micro-system technology in Germany from the Technical University in Berlin, Germany. 1994 finish the promotion at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany. He has published over 200 papers and filed 40 patents in the smart card application segment with focus on the government ID market.

Houdeau is active in the Smart Card and ID industry and participates in the following industry organizations:
•    Convenor of EUROSMART, working group eID in Brussels, Belgium – Voice of the Smart Card industry in Europe (www.eurosmart.com)
•    Member of SILICON TRUST, London, UK (www.silicon-trust.com)
•    Head of the expert committee, of the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM), Berlin, Germany (www.bitkom.de)
•    Member of the focus group “Secure Mobile Identification”, working under the patronage of German MoI
•    Member of IUNO, national reference project on Industry 4.0 & Security in Germany
•    Chairman of the Program Committee of WORLD-eID Conference (www.smart-event.eu)
•    Member of the Program Committee of OMNICARD (www.omnicard.de)
•    Expert for public funding programs in the security domain from EC (e.g. FP7, HORIZON 2020)

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