collaborative research projects


Orange Labs are involved in various European and French collaborative projects.

The French research project SIMPATIC

Bilinear pairings are special kinds of functions that map pairs of points on groups to points in a third group. They make it possible to design cryptographic schemes with new properties that seem to be difficult to achieve in a more traditional public key cryptography setting, such as cryptography without Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), shorter signatures, cryptosystems with additional properties, or more secure systems. The aim of the SIMPATIC (SIM and PAiring Theory for Information and Communications security) project is first to provide the most possible efficient and secure hardware/software implementation of a bilinear pairing in a SIM card. This implementation will be next used to improve and develop new cryptographic efficient algorithms and protocols in the context of mobile phone and SIM cards. These pairing-based cryptographic tools will be finally used to develop or improve the security of several mobile phone based services. The project will more precisely focus on e-ticketing and e-cash, on cloud storage and on the security of contactless and of remote payment systems.
The project was launched on February, 2013 and has the following partners:

  • Orange Labs (coordinator)
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure
  • INVIA
  • Oberthur Technologies
  • ST-Ericsson
  • Université de Bordeaux 1
  • Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
  • Université de Paris VIII

The French research project LYRICS

LYRICS – Lightweight privacY-enhancing cRyptography for mobIle Contactless Services – is a cooperative project funded by ANR (French Research Agency) in the call "Ingénierie Numérique et Sécurité" (INS 2011).
The next generation of mobile and smart phones will integrate NFC (Near Field Communication) chips. With the fast emergence of this contactless technology, mobile phones will soon be able to play the role of e-tickets, credit cards, transit pass, loyalty cards, access control badges, e-voting tokens, e‑cash wallets, etc.
The main goal of LYRICS is to enable end users to securely access and operate these contactless services in a privacy-preserving manner that is, without having to disclose their identity or any other unnecessary information related to personal data. More specifically, we intend to design new innovative cryptographic solutions that achieve the fundamental privacy principles such as data minimization, which states that only the information that is strictly necessary to complete a particular transaction should be disclosed (and nothing more).
The project was launched on February, 2012 and has the following partners:

  • Orange Labs (coordinator)
  • Atos Worldline
  • Microsoft
  • NEC Corporation
  • Oberthur Technologies
  • ENSI de Bourges
  • ENSICAEN
  • IRISA (université de Rennes 1)
  • MODYCO (université de Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense)

The French research project TACITES

TACITES – Tag Authentication and Convergence for Internet of Things and Enhanced Security – is a 2-year France government funded project. Dedicated to the design of a prototype RFID tag for product authentication, and exploring extended functionality to the end-user, the project was launched on January 31, 2011 and has the following partners:

  • Orange Labs (coordinator)
  • Cassidian
  • FIME
  • GREYC (université de Caen)
  • IM2NP (université Aix-Marseille et Sud Toulon-Var)
  • INVIA
  • LIC

The EU STREP research project TAMPRES

TAMPRES – Tamper Resistant Sensor node – is a 3-year STREP funded within the Information Societies Technology (IST) Programme of the European Commission's Seventh Framework Program (FP7). Dedicated to the design and analysis of a side-channel resistant lightweight cryptographic library for use in sensor nodes, it was launched on December 12, 2010 and has the following partners:

  • IHP Microelectronics (coordinator)
  • Coalesence
  • Eurecom
  • NXP
  • Orange Labs
  • TU Graz
  • UC Louvain

The ECRYPT2 Network of Excellence in Cryptology

ECRYPT2 – European Network of Excellence for Cryptology – is a 4-year network of excellence funded within the Information Societies Technology (IST) Programme of the European Commission's Seventh Framework Program (FP7). ECRYPT2 is the follow-on to the highly successful network of excellence ECRYPT and its objective is to intensify the collaboration of European researchers in information security and cryptology. It is coordinated by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

The French research project PACE

PACE (Pairings and Advances in Cryptography for E-cash) is a 4-year ANR project which goal is to use the new and powerful bilinear pairing tool to solve remaining problems in electronic cash and related cryptographic tools. It was launched on February 6, 2008. It involves the following partners:

  • Orange Labs (coordinator)
  • LIENS – Laboratoire d'informatique de l'ENS
  • NXP Semiconductors France
  • Gemalto
  • LIX Ecole Polytechnique
  • Université de Caen
  • Cryptolog

The French research project SAVE

SAVE (Sécurité et Audit du Vote Electronique) is a 3-year French ANR project studying all security aspects of e-voting systems. It was launched on June 12, 2007. It involves the following partners:

  • Orange Labs (coordinator)
  • LIENS – Laboratoire d'informatique de l'ENS
  • Cryptolog
  • INT
  • Supélec

The French research project SAPHIR

SAPHIR (Security and Analysis of Innovative and Recent Hashing Primitives) is a 3-year French RNRT project studying recent advances in the area of cryptographic hash functions. It was launched on March 10, 2006. It involves the following partners:

  • Orange Labs (coordinator)
  • LIENS – Laboratoire d'Informatique de l'École Normale Supérieure
  • DCSSI – Central Information Systems Security Division
  • Gemalto
  • Cryptolog

The ECRYPT Network of Excellence in Cryptology

ECRYPT — European Networkof Excellence for Cryptology — is a 4-year network of excellence funded within the Information Societies Technology (IST) Programme of the European Commission's Sixth Framework Program (FP6). ECRYPT was launched on February 1st, 2004. Its objective is to intensify the collaboration of European researchers in information security, and more in particular in cryptology and digital watermarking.

It involves 32 partners and is coordinated by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.