Bell ID, a global provider of smart card/contactless/mobile and application lifecycle management, has announced the acquisition of East Kilbride, Scotland-based smart solutions business Ecebs Limited from its parent company, Trainline Investment Holdings Limited.
Morpho announced the signing of an agreement with American Banknote Corporation to acquire its subsidiaries CPS Technologies SAS, a leader in bank card personalization in France, which employs 125 people, and ABnote Czech sro, a card manufacturing and personalization center based in the Czech Republic, which employs 85 people.
Morpho announced that it has shipped the first half million units of its “NFC/LTE” SIM card to KT Korea, the second largest mobile network operator in South Korea, as part of a multimillion framework agreement signed earlier this year.
Intelling publishes a new Smart Insights Report “eUICC, a disruption in the SIM market” that delivers a thorough analysis of the eUICC (embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card) technology and its potential in the consumer handset market. The eUICC concept consists in replacing the detachable SIM that has been present since the inception of mobile communication by a chip soldered on the handset motherboard performing the same functions. Such a technology evolution may trigger changes in the whole mobile communication ecosystem, as the customer relationship management may shift from the mobile network operator to the handset vendor.
LFoundry, a semiconductor foundry specialist based in Landshut, Germany, and in Rousset, France, launches several technology enhancement projects in R&D and innovations. Thanks to the materialization of several large-scale projects, the company plans to invest a total EUR 25 million in R&D and innovation projects over the next three years. These investments will allow LFoundry to give its customers access to new technologies and to bring them an industrially efficient partnership for their developments. Latest technology results include:
The smart card industry in Europe, represented by the international association Eurosmart, shares the concern of the European Commission for the establishment of common open ICT standards defining exchanges at clearly identified interfaces and enabling competition to play.