GlobalPlatform, the international specification body for smart card infrastructure, has announced American Express as its newest full member. The payment system’s initial focus will be to participate in GlobalPlatform’s current standardization efforts to support the convergence of the payment and mobile technical landscapes.
American Express joins GlobalPlatform to have an active role in developing specifications for the entire smart card infrastructure. Its participation complements American Express’ current work with EMVCo, the EMV standards body which it jointly operates alongside JCB, MasterCard and Visa to develop and maintain the EMV Specifications for the global payments industry.
The two associations are collaborating to advance GlobalPlatform’s Specifications relative to secure content management on mobile devices, while ensuring that the technology aligns with EMVCo’s application management requirements – including over-the-air download and personalization – for mobile devices.
As a full member of GlobalPlatform, American Express is entitled to participate on the GlobalPlatform Advisory Council and to assign representatives to its technical committees – card, device and systems – task forces and working groups. The organization will also enjoy heavily-weighted voting privileges and have the opportunity to nominate a representative annually for election to the Board of Directors.