A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been agreed between technical bodies GlobalPlatform and the FIDO® (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance. The two industry associations are working to ease FIDO authenticator development on GlobalPlatform-based secure component products. This will enable service providers to efficiently incorporate user authentication features – such as voice recognition and biometrics – as part of their GlobalPlatform-secure deployments.
Pretema, a provider of precision technology for electromechanical applications for the microelectronic and automotive industries and for applications that require a secure element, such as mobile communications, mobile payment, public transport or cyber security related devices, has joined Eurosmart as a new member. Eurosmart represents the Smart Security Industry in Europe.
The Open Standard for Public Transportation (OSPT) Alliance has attained the milestone of 65 members on its fifth anniversary. In addition, nearly 1000 organizations have downloaded OSPT Alliance’s ready to use CIPURSE™ standard for evaluation, reflecting the growing interest in open ticketing standards amongst transport operators and other service providers.
As of April 2016, Sanoïa will join Eurosmart, the Brussels-based association of the Smart Security Industry, as a new member. Eurosmart Chairman Timothée Mangenot: “This is a valuable addition to Eurosmart’s portfolio of members. We look forward to benefiting from Sanoïa’s expertise while promoting their cause of secure and convenient eHealth solutions within the European Union.”
Andras Talas, Technical Consultant at COMPRION, is the new leader of the SIMalliance eUICC Testing Group. Its goal is the creation of a new specification – the SIMalliance “eUICC Profile Package: Interoperable Format – Test Specification.” Talas explicates, “This test specification and the standardization of a global binding format for profiles is one important step into the direction of an exchangeable eUICC content that works on different eUICC platforms.” A first phase – V1.0 of the test specification – is expected to be published in the middle of April.
The Open Standard for Public Transportation (OSPT) Alliance has published an executive white paper to explain the potential applicability of Host Card Emulation (HCE) to public transport and the importance of open standards in this area. The white paper, entitled ‘HCE Synergies with Public Transport’ provides an introduction to the technology, its different options and explains how CIPURSE™, the open standard from OSPT Alliance, can be implemented on HCE. It shows how CIPURSE can mitigate security risks associated with HCE and provides implementation examples. It will be of interest to all stakeholders involved in advancing the capabilities, security and efficiencies of public transport ticketing systems. The paper also discusses how structural constraints in public transport could potentially impact the use of HCE, including the important topic of throughput speed. It looks at specific opportunities that may be created by HCE and how CIPURSE features can enhance the use of the technology in this sector.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the NFC Forum announced a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will enable the two organizations to jointly educate the industry on Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies supporting the needs of public transportation operators.
NFC technology has a broad range of use cases and applications. In public transportation fare collection, NFC technology provides a wireless connection between mobile devices and wireless readers such as those seen in gated fare collection for public transit systems. The adoption of NFC will enable a global public transportation environment in which passengers board with unprecedented speed and ease; fare collection and access are handled with accuracy; and the user experience is uniformly positive and consistent from country to country and transit system to transit system.
GlobalPlatform confirms that it has extended the scope of its UICC Configuration to incorporate additional requirements from the telecom industry. GlobalPlatform worked closely with the GSMA to integrate new use cases for the deployment and management of contactless services on NFC-enabled devices from the GSMA NFC UICC Test Book. First launched in 2008, the UICC Configuration is an implementation guide for deploying GlobalPlatform Card Specification v2.3 within the mobile services sector and managing the secure, over-the-air delivery of new services. It outlines the behavior of each and every actor involved within a UICC implementation, how they should be represented, and a summary of their role / responsibilities in a variety of business models. Additionally, the document enables issuers to host third party applications and ensures the technology can support a diverse range of business models in various ecosystems.