With the highest share of commercial implementations and partnerships worldwide, Giesecke & Devrient has been leading the global market for eSIM management from the beginning. With its AirOn version 4, G&D is commercially operating the next generation system that supports the GSMA M2M specifications as well as the new standard for Remote SIM Provisioning for consumer devices. At the MWC Shanghai, G&D will showcase the latest live eSIM management service.
Danish local and regional banks launch mobile wallet powered by Nets’ new HCE and tokenisation platform
Nordic digital payments specialist, Nets, has been selected by Danish banking collective, the BOKIS partnership, to launch a new NFC mobile wallet solution powered by its HCE and tokenisation platform.
The BOKIS partnership includes 62 banks that form the small to mid-sized banks segment of the Association of Local Banks, Savings Banks and Cooperative Banks in Denmark, together with five Danish regional banks: Jyske Bank, Sydbank, Spar Nord Bank, Arbejdernes Landsbank and Nykredit Bank.
The BOKIS mobile wallet solution will be available to all customers of participating banks, which collectively represent a significant proportion of Danish cardholders.
Comprion has developed a new testing API, a programming interface that allows developers to write their own test cases in the contactless environment (NFC Forum, EMVCo, ISO/IEC 18092, ISO/IEC 14443).
As the API offers the opportunity to implement user-defined scenarios in a lab environment, it is of high value for everyone involved in the development of contactless devices and applications. Product Manager Ralph Kamp explains, “Device and chipset manufacturers, for example, are interested in testing beyond what’s demanded by the different contactless standards. They want to test their devices at the limits and indicate and solve possible field problems before launch.” Furthermore, the Contactless Testing API is also a useful tool for manufacturers of contactless tags and readers, application developers, and test labs.
Colombia selects Gemalto strong authentication solution to secure citizens access to financial services
Gemalto announces that the Government of Colombia has deployed its SafeNet Authentication Service. The solution provides secure online access to financial services for millions of citizens provided through the Fondo Nacional del Ahorro (FNA) or National Savings Fund.
Gemalto's SafeNet Authentication Service provides secure, cloud-based multi-factor authentication when Colombian citizens log into their FNA accounts. The FNA provides a broad range of financial services, including retirement savings, loans, higher education financial support, and unemployment benefits. Colombian citizens benefit from simple, easy-to-use two-factor authentication provided by the solution. After entering their online user name and password, FNA account holders receive a one-time password (OTP) via SMS text or email that they then enter online as a second form of user authentication and additional security to protect their online accounts.
Gemalto is supplying Meetic Group, European leader of dating services, with its Netsize direct operator billing solution. The 20 million mobile subscribers of Numericable-SFR, France's leading cable and telecoms provider are now able to pay for subscriptions and services quickly and easily via their regular phone bill. This service can ultimately be extended to other mobile operators and European countries served by Meetic Group.
The new security standard SAC/PACEv2 (or PACE) has been mandatory in European electronic passports since January 2015. Security protocols, such as PACE protect the personal data stored in the chip of electronic ID documents from skimming and eavesdropping attacks by assuring a secure communication during the verification of the data (e.g. at border control). With the rising number of e-passports carrying the PACE protocol and the establishment of additional security features, such as PACE-CAM, conformity and interoperability challenges are still present. The PACE-CAM security mechanism combines the PACE protocol with chip authentication (between chip and reader) in one protocol which allows a faster verification process.
ENISA has published its report on "Communication network interdependencies in smart grids". Smart grids are a fundamental component of the European critical infrastructure. They are rooted on communication networks that have become essential elements allowing the leveraging of the “smart” features of power grids. Smart grids provide real-time information on the grid, perform actions when required without any noticeable lag, and support gathering customer consumption information. On the downside, smart grids however, provide an increased attack surface for criminals; for instance, smart meters can be hacked to cut power bills as happened in Spain in 2014 or due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack or malware infection, communications and control of the network could be lost, causing an energy production halt and affecting several systems across borders.
Industry body OSPT Alliance has released an update to its CIPURSE™ Mobile Guidelines. The document, which was initially released in 2013, offers a comprehensive set of requirements and use cases for developing and deploying CIPURSE™ secured ticketing mobile apps for NFC-enabled smart phones, tablets and other smart devices. It clearly lays out requirements for certification, provides implementation guidelines for embedded secure element (eSE), SIM-UICC and microSD and presents multiple use cases.