Unlimited range of contactless services now available to consumers on their mobile phone
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona – Feb 16, 2009 – Gemalto, NXP and Infineon today announced they are demonstrating the first mobile contactless solution compliant with the Single Wire Protocol (SWP) standard and compatible with MIFARE™* infrastructures. NXP’s MIFARE contactless technology is widely deployed for transport networks and access management worldwide. Being compatible with MIFARE, in addition to all the ISO 14443 contactless infrastructures, the solution will enable users to benefit from any contactless service on his/her mobile phone. For example, users will be able to travel across various cities, pay in shops, access their company premises and benefit from loyalty programs by simply tapping their mobile phone.
Gemalto will be demonstrating this universal mobile contactless solution at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week (Hall 8, 8A102). The handset is embedding an NFC controller from NXP and complemented by Gemalto’s secure SWP SIM card incorporating an Infineon flash microcontroller compatible with MIFARE Classic technology.
Commented Jérôme Sion, director of mobile contactless activities at Gemalto: “The numerous projects we have carried out across the world showed great consumer appetite for mobile NFC because of its simplicity of usage and wide range of potential services. This world’s first opens up a realm of new exciting possibilities and demonstrates Gemalto’s commitment to fulfilling consumers’ expectations for more and more compelling services and increased convenience.”
“As co-inventor of NFC, NXP is working with key industry partners to shape the NFC eco-system and enable the development of ticketing and payment applications on NFC enabled handsets,” said Chris Feige, senior director and general manager NFC, NXP Semiconductors. “With more than one billion cards in circulation today, MIFARE platforms are the most widely deployed contactless technology. The availability of MIFARE-compatible applications on mobile phones further strengthens the attractiveness of the NFC technology.”
“With Infineon’s security microcontroller, mobile phones will offer NFC functionality that is secure, convenient and efficient,” said Dr. Helmut Gassel, Division President, Chip Card and Security at Infineon Technologies. “Our secure chip provides the security level required to welcome both transport and payment applications.”
* MIFARE is a registered trademark of NXP B.V. in the U.S. and other countries.
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2008 annual revenues of €1.68 billion, and 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 40 countries.
Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work—anytime, anywhere—has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.
Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.
As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.
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