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Software for securing NFC handset interface gets validated

Posted: 18 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software? secure? interfaces? handset? NFC?

NXP Semiconductors NV and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) report that they have completed the full validation of a software solution to enable secure interfaces between the handset, NFC functionality and secure elements such as the SIM card.

The solution enables the secure integration of NFC into mobile handsets based on the Android platform and other OS. It meets the needs of mobile network operators who are specifically demanding secure elements within the handset. The first Android handset supporting this enhanced functionality is expected to be launched in Q2 2011.

The availability of an integrated secure NFC software solution within the NFC ecosystem represents a breakthrough for the future deployment of NFC-based services, which will offer consumers and the industry a vast array of mobile services, such as mobile payment and mobile ticketing. This solution is based on the integration of NXP's NFC controllers in mobile handsets with G&D's secure software solutions, as well as its expertise in securing transactions via the secure element. Security and ease of use are vital for broad consumer acceptance of NFC. A few mobile handset OEMs have already included the solution into the platform design of their Android-based mobile handsets planned for deployment in 2011 and in 2012.

Android is the fastest growing mobile OS and the validation of G&D and NXP software will enable mobile network operators to capitalize on both the demand for Android-based phones and NFC technology by ensuring that all mobile transactions facilitated by the handset remain safe and secure.

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