Thursday, 17 November 2011


Mobile NFC Gains Momentum as Operators Worldwide Pledge Support for SIM-based Solution

The GSMA announce that 45 of the world's leading mobile operators have committed to support and implement SIM-based Near Field Communications (NFC) solutions and services. As an important catalyst in accelerating the adoption of NFC services, the GSMA has published a new set of industry specifications. These handset and SIM specifications will enable the development and global deployment of secure, interoperable and ubiquitous SIM-based mobile NFC services.

One of the primary factors that will accelerate the proliferation of mobile NFC is the standardisation of the technology, which allows seamless interoperability between NFC devices and enables users to benefit from services around the world, regardless of mobile operator, network or device type. To that end, the GSMA has published handset and SIM requirements which define common handset application programming interfaces (APIs) to support SIM-based NFC services. Standardised requirements will drive economies of scale in SIM, handsets and infrastructure by creating a common framework for implementation and product interoperability.

"With the increasing deployment of commercial SIM-based NFC services in a range of markets worldwide, it is critical to embrace common standards that will promote the global interoperability of services and accelerate time-to-market," commented Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA. "Mobile operators, working together, are ideally positioned to roll out services based on the requirements published by the GSMA, providing proven security and interoperability, global reach and customer care for consumers and businesses and a secure platform for service providers."

The market potential for SIM-based NFC is significant, according to forecasts from industry research firm Strategy Analytics. Nearly 1.5 billion SIM-based handsets will have been sold worldwide between 2010 and 2016, supporting transactions of more than $50 billion globally over the same period. Further, ABI Research indicates that 85 per cent of all new point of sale terminals shipped in 2016 will be NFC-enabled.

The handset and SIM requirement documents can be found at: http://www.gsmworld.com



Thales payShield 9000 Achieves PCI HSM Compliance

Thales announces that its award-winning payShield 9000 Hardware Security Module (HSM) has achieved PCI HSM compliance.

Acquirers and Issuers can now build systems based on a PCI HSM that meet the requirements of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) the body established by the major card schemes (American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard and Visa) to improve the protection of card holder information across the global payments network and at merchant facilities. PCI HSM is the first HSM standard to be introduced to specifically address the security requirements when handling cardholder data. It is expected that PCI HSM will become the default requirement for payments-related HSMs and is already explicitly mandated in recent guidelines and encryption standards issued by the PCI SSC.

"Receiving PCI HSM certification for payShield 9000 demonstrates our commitment to achieving internationally recognised standards and compliance requirements as well as delivering innovative and high quality security solutions," says Franck Greverie, Thales vice president in charge of information technology security activities.



Atmel Launches Cost Effective LF RFID IC for Animal Identification Applications

Atmel Corporation has announced the availability of a low-frequency (LF) one-time programmable (OTP) transponder IC, the Atmel IDIC ATA5575M2, optimised for next-generation animal identification systems for pets, wildlife or livestock.

The Atmel ATA5575M2 OTP functionality simplifies the production process and allows for increased flexibility compared to read-only devices. Before shipping, customers can program into the device any necessary information, including the specific country or the manufacturer code supplied either by the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) or government authorities. This reduces lead-time and time to market down to approximately 1 to 2 weeks.

At approximately 0.9 square millimetres, the Atmel ATA5575M2 can be used in most transponder packages, including glass transponders or plastic key housings for very small tags (such as animal tags).



Barclaycard and Ingenico Pilot a Standard Single SEPA-Wide Payment Solution

Ingenico and Barclaycard, announce the launch of a SEPA compliant payment solution pilot within the scope of the Open Standards for Cards project (OSCar). It will be piloted with an international retailer in the United Kingdom and Germany.

The pilot aims to demonstrate that a single payment solution based on a SEPA-compliant payment application (SEPA-FAST) and the ISO20022 EPAS Acquirer protocol allow international retailers to accept all general purpose cards across the Single Euro Payment Area, providing them with an optimised and cost-effective solution.

"The OScar project aims at defining a common SEPA wide payment solution based on the two available SEPA standards: the SEPA FAST payment application and the EPAS ISO 20022 acquirer protocol. The OSCar project will carry out field trials in 2012 in a multi-scheme, multi-acquirer and multi-country environment and will set up in parallel the respective functional certification infrastructure."

The pilot is scheduled to start in both countries at the beginning of 2012 and will be progressively extended to other European countries during 2012. A commercial roll-out of the solution will then be studied by Barclaycard, Ingenico and their Customer.



charismathics and Secure Systems with a Joint PKI Offering for SMB

Secure Systems, a software company specializing in security solution development and integration, and charismathics, leader in identity management solutions, have entered into an OEM software agreement that intensifies their technical and business cooperation, and offers customers a more direct and immediate approach to enhancing their computer systems against identity theft.

As a result of this cooperation, any new license of charismathics Smart Security Interface for Windows, the world most comprehensive agnostic PKI middleware, is now delivered along with charismathics plug'n'crypt password memory, the engine of which is supplied by Secure Systems. ControlSphere, the Secure Systems base product, is a modular and scalable PKI suite for SME organisations that customers are able to upgrade to through the charismathics software.



FIME Qualifies the First GlobalPlatform UICC Product for Gemalto

FIME has been selected by Gemalto to validate its UICC NFC 2.0 product to achieve GlobalPlatform qualification status. Gemalto is the first smart card player to successfully align its product with the functional requirements outlined by GlobalPlatform to manage applications on UICC technology.

As the first full service testing facility to receive GlobalPlatform qualification for both its tools and ISO 17025 accredited laboratories, FIME has been entrusted by Gemalto to provide the expertise required to independently evaluate its product.

Kevin Gillick, Executive Director of GlobalPlatform, comments: "We are delighted to see the first GlobalPlatform certified UICC product come to market. The standardisation of this technology offers many industry benefits as it will essentially enable the market to build a trusted end-to-end solution. This is vital as more and more services are delivered through mobile devices, and the market evolves to incorporate many new stakeholders and support new technical and business partnerships."




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