G&D in Spain develops the USIM card used on Telefónica’s first NFC multi-application project
Date: Mon, 04/04/2011 - 19:01
The Spanish subsidiary of the German multinational Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has once again been chosen by Telefónica as its technological partner to carry out the first NFC mobile phone project providing multiple applications inside a business complex
From today onwards, a group of users composed of Telefónica employees and clients of the participating banking entities will receive a Samsung mobile phone with NFC technology. This enables them to make payments in shops, restaurants, and cafés simply by bringing the handset close to the POS reader. Likewise, Telefónica employees will be able to access the company buildings in Distrito C in Madrid by tapping their mobiles close to the access control reader.
For this project, G&D has developed a USIM card based on Java technology, capable of housing different applications and suitable for any NFC handset. The new card incorporates VISA’s payment application and an SWP (Single Wire Protocol) interface which permits communication with the mobile device’s NFC chip and this, thanks to proximity, with the POS device.
G&D’s USIM card also emulates a Mifare chip which carries access control applications and a private electronic wallet with which Telefónica employees will be able to pay at the restaurants within Distrito C.
G&D is already developing the next step in this technology, which will enable users to have their different cards – bank, loyalty, membership, transport, etc. – on their mobiles and thus replace the traditional physical cards. Delivery of such virtual cards can be performed using e.g. an over-the-air solution as G&D offers. It will be possible to use these virtual cards with G&D’s security solutions.