Smart Card Authentication
- A resource manager that uses a Windows API.
- A user interface (UI) that works with the resource manager.
- Several base service providers that provide access to specific services. In contrast to the resource manager's Windows API, service providers use a COM interface model to provide smart card services.
The following illustration shows the relationships of these parts in the overall smart card architecture.
For information about smart card authentication, see the following topics.
|Smart Card Concepts
||Basic concepts and description of the interaction between users and smart cards.
|Smart Card Resource Manager
||Information about the resource manager API, which manages the access to readers and to smart cards.
|Smart Card User Interface
||Information about the smart card common dialog box.
|Smart Card Service Providers
||Information about interfaces, commands, and wrappers that provide smart card capabilities.
Additionally, current Microsoft smart card developments can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/input/smartcard/default.mspx.