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3.3.3. How Smart Card Enrollment Works

Smart cards are said to be enrolled when they have received an appropriate certificate signed by a valid Certificate Authority (CA). This involves several steps, described below:
  1. The user inserts their smart card into the smart card reader on their workstation. This event is recognized by the Enterprise Security Client (ESC).
  2. The enrollment page is displayed on the user's desktop. The user completes the required details and the user's system then connects to the Token Processing System (TPS) and the CA.
  3. The TPS enrolls the smart card using a certificate signed by the CA.
How Smart Card Enrollment Works
How Smart Card Enrollment Works.
Figure 3.4. How Smart Card Enrollment Works