What is the Card Manager?

Julien SIMON

The Card Manager is the central entity in the Open Platform Standard. It’s in charge of processing all Open Platform commands for installation, life cycle management, security, etc.

The Card Manager is usually a Java Card applet, which means that it has its own AID and may be selected. Most of the time, the Card Manager is the default applet, so it’s implicitly selected when the card is powered up or reset.