GlobalPlatform has refined its Management of Mobile NFC Services specification to address how service providers can connect and communicate with other players in the NFC ecosystem.
The specification has was created based on input from industry bodies like European Payments Council, GSMA and the Association Française pour le Sans Contact Mobile (AFSCM).
Established in 2011, the GlobalPlatform Messaging Specification defines the roles and responsibilities of all NFC stakeholders, and details the “language” — known as messages — to be used across all parties to ensure global consistency and clear communication when managing secure applications in a cloud environment. The goal for the specification is for messages to be exchanged between all involved parties in an NFC deployment via an interoperable, secure and reliable web-based format.
The latest update to the specification – version 1.1 – gives mobile operates the directions on how to securely connect with other players in the NFC landscape. This direction will apply to, among other things, engagement with trusted third parties like mobile network operators, trusted service managers or commercial partners to deliver joint mobile services.
Looking ahead, GlobalPlatform is planning to develop an end-to-end simplified framework that will help NFC stakeholders in different markets to quickly deploy services following configurations for secure elements, mobile devices and backend systems relevant to individual sectors