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Philips joins Taiwan's proximity mobile service alliance

Posted: 21 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductors? contactless communication?

Royal Philips Electronics announced that its semiconductors division has joined Taiwan's Proximity Mobile Transaction Service Alliance, an initiative of the Committee of Communication Industry Development within the Ministry of Economics Affairs, ROC. The objective of the alliance is to promote contactless communication and mobile e-payment services by integrating the products and services of industry members such as chip/electronics manufacturers, transportation providers, financial institutions and telecom services vendors.

The alliance will include companies such as Acer, BenQ, Chung-Hwa Telecom, Far EastTone Telecommunication, Taiwan Cellular Corp., Asia-Pacific Broadband Wireless Communications Inc., VIBO Telecom Inc., MasterCard International, Visa International and Philips. Taipei Smart Card Co. (TSCC) will be acting as project managers to implement the contactless infrastructure in Taiwan. Philips supports the alliance based on its expertise in near field communication (NFC) technology for contactless transactions, which combines the functions of a contactless reader, a contactless card and peer-to-peer functionality on a single chip.

Beyond developing a contactless mobile transaction business model, the first practical step will include using NFC-enabled mobile handsets on the public transportation system in Taipei. The project will work on the existing MIFARE-based infrastructure - which uses the Easy Card issued by TSCC. Simultaneously, the alliance will work to implement an NFC contactless interface in the retail and banking environments.

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