The new Aloaha Smart Login (Credential Provider) represents one of the most dramatic changes in the Windows Vista/7 logon screen, making it much easier to implement new user authentication scenarios that are supported by the OS.
The function of the Aloaha Credential Provider is to supply the OS with logon credentials. The logon credentials are saved encrypted on the local hard drive. In case the user uses the Aloaha Crypto Card the credentials are additionally saved encrypted on the card itself. When the user now types in Username, Domain\Username and Card Pin the Credential Provider will decrypt the locally saved credentials and pass them to the OS.