Leading firms involved in Near Field
Communication (NFC) technology have joined forces to form the
MIFARE4Mobile industry group, specially designed to aid
collaboration and further develop MIFARE based services.

The group, comprising of Ericsson, Gemalto,
NXP, Oberthur Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Venyon and
ViCOtech, will act as a platform to provide future direction,
discuss experiences and share best practices to ensure evolution,
interoperable development and implementation of the MIFARE4Mobile
technology.

“The creation of this new industry group
provides further impetus to the development of NFC applications for
mobile phones especially given MIFARE’s reach as a key contactless
platform,” said Jonathan Collins, principal analyst, ABI Research.
“As SIM-based NFC phones come to market, greater collaboration by
all stakeholders to remove development and interoperability
barriers in existing contactless infrastructures will help drive
NFC adoption.”

MIFARE4Mobile is a technology, developed by
semiconductor company NXP, that provides mobile network operators,
trusted services managers and service providers with a single,
interoperable programming interface to remotely provision and
manage MIFARE based services in embedded secure elements and SIM
cards of mobile NFC devices ‘over the air’ (OTA).

Over the upcoming months, the MIFARE4Mobile
industry group will look to further develop the specifications
supporting MIFARE DESFire technology and multiple trusted service
managers.

“The MIFARE4Mobile technology enables mobile
network operators, trusted services managers and service providers
to seamlessly leverage NFC-enabled mobile phone services on the
existing vast MIFARE infrastructures around the world,” said Dr.
Nav Bains, senior director mobile money, GSM Association.
“Increased collaboration by some of NFC’s most influential
stakeholders will support the creation and facilitate the
integration of business for the mobile network industry related to
NFC-based services.”

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Over the upcoming months, the MIFARE4Mobile
industry group will look to further develop the specifications
supporting MIFARE DESFire technology and multiple trusted service
managers.