Aconite has announced the release of its new Mobile Application Manager, a solution that enables application issuers, such as banks and transit operators, to install and manage the life-cycles of apps in an NFC-enabled mobile handset’s Secure Element.
The solution, which is based on the new standards for mobile application management and security from GlobalPlatform, creates and manages the issuer’s Security Domain and provides data preparation and secure delivery of apps and updates. These are sent to the appropriate Trusted Service Manager, which then delivers the apps or updates to the handset, according to Aconite.
Aconite says the solution addresses the demand for simplified app life-cycle management due to the recent proliferation of NFC apps across numerous sectors, including payments, access, ID, loyalty, ticketing and proximity marketing.
According to Aconite, this growth has resulted in application issuers having to manage multiple Security Domains and the interfaces with multiple TSMs. The solution is designed to help issuers become independent of TSMs, mobile networks and any other delivery channels, by providing a private channel for an issuer to install and manage apps in their Security Domain on the handset, without any data being visible to a third party.
Aconite says the solution can be used by an application issuer, such as a bank, transit operator, loyalty scheme, eID provider, or by a third party service provider who can offer outsourced services to issuers.