Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has been commissioned by Deutsche Telekom to develop a SIM card solution for mobile phones with contactless Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The functionally expanded SIM card will be used in Deutsche Telekom’s networks in future. This is the first time that a contactless technology is being introduced across markets and implemented using a universal SIM card. The solution will go beyond the standardized NFC functions to meet Deutsche Telekom’s additional global integration requirements. What is more, by way of this solution the company is laying the foundations for future contactless payment and service offerings.
Giesecke & Devrient was awarded this contract following an international tender. Deutsche Telekom intends to offer novel NFC services based on this SIM card solution in various countries in future.
SIM cards with NFC functionality are the key element in future mobile phone payment functions. G&D’s SIM card operating system SkySIM CX is a platform for a variety of contactless applications.
NFC technology may in future enable quick and secure payments using mobile phones. The technology is also suited to electronic travel tickets, customer-oriented voucher systems, solutions for logistics and access systems, as well as for signature-based security applications.
By using the latest card technologies (based on Global Platform and ETSI standards), G&D said that it is ensuring that services can be integrated securely both into mobile network operators’ system infrastructure and into the networks of participating payment systems. The SIM card’s security functions make use of the latest cryptographic methods.
Giesecke & Devrient is one of the world’s leading NFC providers and has taken part in numerous field trials of this technology. As part of its suite of future-oriented solutions, G&D also offers TSM and wallet systems which, together with the NFC SIM, turn mobile phones into electronic wallets.
As a full-line provider, G&D offers not only innovative SIM cards but also comprehensive solutions for the cost-effective management of related solutions via wireless networks.