Friday, 11 November 2011
G&D Presents World's First Nano-SIM Card
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) presents the world's smallest SIM card: the nano-SIM. A third smaller than the micro-SIM, the nano-SIM enables manufacturers to produce devices that are even thinner and perform even better. This new development from G&D could be finding its way into the first mobile devices as early as next year.
Measuring approximately 12mm x 9mm, the nano-SIM is about 30 percent smaller than the micro-SIM. The thickness of the cards has been reduced by about 15 percent - a tremendous technical challenge. Compared to the SIM cards most widely used today, the nano-SIM is almost 60 percent smaller. It offers device manufacturers the crucial advantage of freeing up extra space for other mobile phone components, such as additional memory or larger batteries. And because nano-SIM cards are significantly smaller and thinner, they will also make it easier to create thinner devices.
Initial samples were made available by G&D to various mobile network operators for testing. The standardization of the nano-SIM is expected to be implemented through the ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) by the end of the year.
Backward compatibility with older device models is ensured by an adapter solution that allows the nano-SIM to be integrated into all established mobile devices for universal use.
New Security Level for Contactless Applications of LEGIC Identsystems Ltd
LEGIC Identsystems Ltd, a leading provider of contactless smart card technology for people ID solutions is developing LEGIC MMT to improve security and convenience also for Mifare-based environments.
LEGIC will provide security components to enable its customers to offer solutions which comply with the requirements of the technical guideline TR-03126-5 of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). A first system of one of LEGIC's customers has recently been declared to be compliant with the BSI guideline. The BSI guideline TR-03126-5, issued in 2010, describes a set of requirements for secure operation of RFID solutions. With this guideline, manufacturers and operators of physical access systems get recommendations how to achieve a new level of security within their installations.
LEGIC's Master-Token System Control is a proven concept in worldwide use. Consequently, LEGIC's upcoming MMT is also based on Master Tokens, designed for Mifare and complemented by comprehensive system management tools and certified security elements. The MMT components will further extend the capabilities of the LEGIC advant family and simplify the use of advanced security also for Mifare-based systems.
Dr. Reinhard Kalla, Vice President Product Marketing & New Business of LEGIC, comments: "The extension of our Master-Token concept to the Mifare world allows our customers a new scope of applications. We are happy to be able to provide our know-how and components which enable a new level of security and simplicity also in Mifare based identification systems."
Aconite Partners with MK Technology in Vietnam
Aconite announces the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with MK Technology JCS in Vietnam. MK Tech, the leading provider of card-related and security solutions in Vietnam, joins the increasing number of Aconite distributors across the world and reflects the growing interest in Aconite's advanced smart solutions.
MK Tech supplies customers in many industries including banking, finance, government departments, education, and travel and entertainment.
"Aconite is delighted to welcome MK Technology as a partner and distributor of Aconite products." said Patrick Regester, EVP Sales and Marketing at Aconite. "MK has a solid reputation and a loyal customer base, built by providing high quality products and services. We look forward to creating new business opportunities, focusing on innovation in the Vietnamese market in the fields of EMV migration, prepaid cards, smart application management and mobile."
Clear2Pay Launches Mobile Payment Application Test Tool
Clear2Pay announces the launch of a new, automated test solution. The Mobile Payment Application (MPA) Test Tool facilitates mobile application vendors and mobile issuers to test whether mobile payment applications comply with ruling standards and thus launch trusted and interoperable applications in a fast and secure way.
Mobile payment applications allow consumers to perform retail purchases by using their mobile devices just like a contactless payment card: by simply waving it across an existing contactless payment acceptance device.
Clear2Pay's new MPA Test Solution, offers mobile application vendors and mobile issuers a complete, packaged solution that allows running a set of pre-defined scenarios to verify mobile application user interfaces and the over-the-air communications with mobile gateways. The test tool eases vendors and issuers' certification processes required by international card schemes: a test output file replaces the time-consuming burden of sending mobile phones back and forth to certification laboratories. The solution also eradicates the demanding and specialist task to build a specific test environment. Additionally, it can be used as a benchmark tool during the development phase of mobile applications, thus guaranteeing a uniform quality.
According to Marie Costers, Head of Clear2Pay'sTest Tools Competence Centre: "To make our industry's mobile endeavour a widespread reality, we need the consumer's unconditional trust in mobile technology. At Clear2Pay we work with true testing passion to make this happen. In our aspiration to modernise global payments, we are truly dedicated to provide our industry with the essential tools that help building trusted mobile solutions.
A demonstration will be hosted at Cartes, 15-17 November in Paris, at the Clear2Pay booth nr 3E 022.
WIMA Announces First NFC Applications, Products and Services Congress in U.S.
WIMA, the leading global conference and exhibition dedicated to Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has announced its first U.S. event will be held November 30 through December 1, 2011 in San Francisco. For the first time, global NFC industry leaders and influencers will meet in the U.S. to raise awareness of NFC technology, applications, products, and services.
The congress will address NFC use, including benefits for merchants in both payment and non-payment scenarios as NFC phones deploy in volume over the next 12 months. Moderated sessions will cover NFC applications and services for gaming, social media, event management, marketing, healthcare, mobile services, retail, payment, access control, ticketing, security, and other applications. WIMA NFC USA also features a demo area where more than 25 companies will showcase NFC applications, products, and services that span industries.
To registration go to: www.wima.mc/2011usa
Digital Wallets: Who Will Win the Game?
A new report from Aite Group provides an overview of key providers seeking to launch digital wallets in the proximity-payment arena. Based on 50-plus June to October 2011 Aite Group interviews with U.S. industry stakeholders, the report also assess key marketplace challenges and evaluates the positioning and strategies of each player.
For more information visit: www.aitegroup.com
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