Friday, 09 December 2011

FIME and Thales Combine to Deliver Security and Functional Evaluation Services

FIME has announced its partnership with Thales ITSEF (IT Security Evaluation Facility). This collaboration will provide a new integrated offering - functional testing and security assessment - which meets the needs of the market as well as supporting technological developments in the field of security.

Through this partnership, Thales ITSEF will combine its product security evaluation expertise in the mobile payment sector and NFC technology with FIME's global presence and functional assessment experience to provide an integrated testing and certification service. The offering will assist companies in achieving certification for industry standards, such as Common Criteria and EMVCo, and private schemes including MasterCard, Visa and CRI (Cryptography Research Incorporated).

Thales and FIME will both continue to support their respective clients throughout the development phase of a secure chip application or device, preparing for the certification process and launching to market.

Pascal Le Ray, CEO of FIME, comments: "FIME is delighted to align its knowledge with Thales to assist its clients in achieving the required security approvals from industry bodies and service providers. As markets converge to deliver complex services on secure chips, there is a real need to ensure the highest level of security is implemented across all products to instil market confidence and create a trusted ecosystem. We look forward to working with Thales to advance our respective offerings and believe this will provide significant value to the industry."

Lumidigm Chooses OSRAM Pointled as Light Source for Fingerprint Sensors

Lumidigm has selected the Pointled from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors as the illumination source in the company's Mercury and Mariner Fingerprint Sensors. The recent adoption of the compact, bright and efficient OSRAM Pointled has enabled Lumidigm to reduce the size and cost of its sensors and expand the reach of fingerprint authentication into new applications.

"We chose the Pointled from OSRAM because of the unique combination of small package size, symmetric radiation pattern, long lifetime and the ability to operate in high ambient temperatures," said Steve Corcoran, Lumidigm's Chief Engineer.

The OSRAM Pointled is a perfect combination of advanced package and chip technologies. It is the smallest LED with an integrated reflector and is suitable for both surface mount technology (SMT) and zero-height mounting. Its compact dimensions - 2 mm diameter x 0.775 mm high - allow this mini light source to be sunk completely in the printed circuit board. The typical brightness of the white mini LED is currently 800 mcd at a beam angle of 120'c, perfectly suitable for this unique imaging application.

NFC Forum Welcomes Intel to Board of Directors

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology has announces that Intel Corporation has upgraded its membership to Sponsor level. Sponsor membership is the highest category which includes a seat on the NFC Forum Board of Directors.

"Intel's decision to increase its level of involvement with the NFC Forum highlights the rising importance of NFC technology to our members and its value to consumers and businesses around the globe. I'm delighted to welcome Intel to our Board of Directors," said Koichi Tagawa, chairman of the NFC Forum.

Consortium Creating New Development Methodology to Accelerate Certification of Security-critical Products

Esterel Technologies, Inria, Prove & Run and Trusted Labs have announced the launch of a collaborative project, CEEC, aimed at producing a new software development methodology that will accelerate the certification of products that require very high levels of security. This project will work toward the emergence of an ecosystem based on open platforms within the embedded computing industry.

During this project, the partners intend to create a new software development environment, based on Prove & Run innovative technology that will include a fully-proven generation and compilation tool chain. By integrating security concerns within the development process of critical systems, this environment will enable the development of quality software with guaranteed security properties and will reduce the cost of high-level evaluations and certifications, such as the ones following the Common Criteria methodology.

"We are proud to have gathered a consortium of leaders with expertise in software development solutions and certifications both for critical systems within the transportation, energy and defence domains and for payment applications and mobile telephony systems" commented Dominique Bolignano, Prove & Run's CEO. "The technology developed by this project will lead to the emergence of systems that will be secure by construction, opening up new markets around the world for every participant."

SMARTRAC to Become Majority Owner of Neology Inc

SMARTRAC N.V. announced that the company signed an agreement regarding the acquisition of Neology, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, SMARTRAC will acquire Neology for US $ 30.0 million, on a cash and debt free basis. In addition, the parties have agreed on an earn-out component of up to US $ 9.0 million based on results of operations for the years 2011 and 2012. Tenedora de Empresas S.A. de C.V. (Tenedora), the current majority shareholder in Neology, Inc., will retain a 15 percent stake in Neology and has agreed to re-invest any earn-out payments it may receive into the combined company. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of the year.

Neology, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, is a leader in secure customised high-value RFID transponders and solutions. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California, with offices in Mexico City and employs more than 150 people.

With the acquisition of Neology, SMARTRAC expects to benefit from the access to the attractive and growing electronic vehicle registration and electronic toll collection market in the Americas. The long-term expertise of Neology in the ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID business and the comprehensive intellectual property (IP) are anticipated to contribute to strengthening SMARTRAC's technology base.

"Combining our strong capabilities with the most successful technology platform for electronic vehicle registration and electronic toll collection will create a wealth of market-leading solutions for Neology and SMARTRAC customers," said Dr. Christian Fischer, CEO of SMARTRAC.

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