Eurosmart announced the 2017 figures for worldwide secure element shipments and the 2018 forecasts. The overall growth trend is confirmed in 2017 (+3.6%) while the 2018 forecasts exceed 10 billion units.
Gemalto brings secure, multi-factor authentication to Belgium’s pioneering national Mobile Identity scheme itsme
Gemalto has enabled Belgian mobile ID scheme itsme® to enroll 350,000 users and securely process one million transactions per month for both private and public online services – making it one of the most successful mobile ID applications in Europe within one year of launch. As well as bringing greater convenience to consumers, itsme® provides merchants, government, and financial institutions with strong, multi-factor authentication that is fully compliant with PSD2, GDPR and is certified for eIDAS.
The recent launch of the world’s first EMV biometric dual interface payment card for both chip and contactless payments by the Bank of Cyprus illustrates how issuers around the world are preparing to seize the opportunities offered by biometric-enabled payment cards.
Data reported by SIMalliance shows that the collective SIM shipments of its members in 2017, which represented approximately 88% of the global SIM market, equalled 4.9 billion units. SIMalliance confirms that over the same period, the estimated total available global market for SIM cards has grown by 2.75%, with units rising from 5.45 billion to 5.6 billion.
Eurosmart welcomes the EC proposal to introduce a harmonized contactless electronic security feature on Member states ID cards
On the 17th of March, The European Commission tabled a proposal for a regulation to improve the security features of EU citizens identity cards and residence cards with the aim at curbing document fraud.
Eurosmart and its members are fully committed in achieving the highest level of trust and security in particular in the fields of physical and digital ID documents. The Digital Security Industry welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to set common security standards across the EU in the line with the ICAO requirements, and stresses the fact that facial and fingerprints data stored on a certified secure element, remains the best option to prevent bad uses and falsifications.
exceet Card AG is further strengthening its portfolio with SECORA™ Pay security solutions from Infineon Technologies AG. Card manufacturers can easily integrate them thanks to the combination of dual interface chip technology with the award-winning Coil-on-Module (CoM) packages. These also make the card more robust and reliable.
In early April 2018, GlobalPlatform announced in a Security Informative Note that the latest version of the Card Specification (v2.3.1) will set SCP02 as a deprecated feature. Eurosmart is committed in developing, promoting and maintaining the appropriate security level for its products, solutions and protocols and welcomes Global Platform’s initiative. Eurosmart specifies that, for a long time, the digital security industry has been added additional security measures to SCO02. The Eurosmart members are used to systematically pre-encrypting sensitive data or restricting the usage only to trusted environments.
Stefane Mouille, President of Eurosmart explains: “Once again, the situation proves the good anticipation of our industry with regards to the security erosion of SCP02 and continues to favour a smooth transition to SCP03”.
The Smart Payment Association (SPA) announced at 4th April that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation with NXP® Semiconductors. NXP Semiconductors becomes a Market Monitoring Advisory Council Member of SPA, the trade body of the smart payment technology providers.