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NFC makers join hands for MIFARE apps management

Posted: 05 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MIFARE  MIFARE4Mobile  NFC  secure application 

NFC vendors have formed the MIFARE4Mobile Industry Group that will serve as a platform to provide future direction for development and implementation of MIFARE applications on NFC-enabled secure elements.

The founding members, Ericsson, Gemalto, NXP, Oberthur Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Venyon and Vivotech will collaborate to fast-track the uniform management of MIFARE applications on NFC-enabled secure elements. The group will also serve as a platform to discuss experiences and share best practices to ensure evolution, interoperable development and implementation of MIFARE4Mobile technology.

"Increased collaboration by some of NFC's most influential stakeholders will support the creation and facilitate the integration of business for the mobile network industry related to NFC-based services," said GSM Association senior director-mobile money, Naiv Bains. ABI Research principal analyst Jonathan Collins added, "The creation of this new industry group provides further impetus to the development of NFC applications for mobile phones especially given MIFARE's reach as a key contactless platform."

Over the next few months, the MIFARE4Mobile industry group will further develop the specifications supporting MIFARE Desfire technology and multiple trusted service managers, following the initial MIFARE4Mobile release from late 2008 supporting MIFARE Classic technology. Licences for the MIFARE4Mobile interface specifications are free of charge.

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