G&D debuts NFC SIM card with multiple app support for secure payments

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Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has created a new portfolio of SIM cards that allow several different NFC applications to be executed securely and simultaneously on a single SIM card.

The SkySIM CX family of SIM cards has up to 1.3 megabytes of memory enabling data to be stored for multiple NFC applications, together with a powerful processor capable of loading applications in a short amount of time.

The first product in the SkySIM CX portfolio already has the thumbs up from the financial industry, with the likes of American Express, MasterCard, Visa and EMVCo giving their approval.

The new SIM cards will be able to work on the secure payment systems the financial industry has been developing for NFC mobile payments, such as Visa payWave, MasterCard PayPass and American Express ExpressPay, CIPURSE, Calypso and MIFARE.

“The outstanding feature of the new SIM card is not only its functionality but also its security. The card has been tested and approved by EMVCo as an integral unit, and not a single weak point has been detected,” said Axel Deininger, Group Senior Vice President at G&D.

“This latest addition to our NFC portfolio enables us to offer network operators a complete secure package comprising hardware, software, and services, in the form of SIM cards, a mobile wallet, and trusted service management services.”

SkySIM CX cards come in the three currently most common SIM form factors, namely 2FF, micro-SIM and nano-SIM.

The SIM cards are compatible with 2G, 3G, and LTE networks, and are controlled from a platform running on Java that complies with the Java Card standard as well as with the relevant international telecommunications and applications standards issued by ETSI, 3GPP, and GlobalPlatform.

NFC-enabled SIM shipments grew by 87 percent from 2011, numbering 30 million in 2012.

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