GlobalPlatform has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NFC Forum to harmonize specification activity to support the development of interoperable, multi-application NFC-based mobile solutions.
To accelerate the deployment of new mass market NFC solutions, the NFC community and wider mobile services sector must establish neutral, sustainable and scalable infrastructures that support secure communication between all stakeholders and technology platforms, according to GlobalPlatform.
In line with this philosophy, the formal partnership between the NFC Forum and GlobalPlatform will open up opportunities for new solutions across multiple industries by leveraging the NFC Forum’s technical knowledge and library of NFC-based standards along with GlobalPlatform’s specifications for managing contactless services.
“With the creation of the trusted execution environment and the growth of secure element enabled NFC phones in the market, the wider chip-based industry now needs harmonized specifications to speed up new NFC-based use cases, including peer-to-peer transactions and card reading functionalities,” said Gil Bernabeu, Technical Director at GlobalPlatform. “This MoU will not only facilitate the establishment of a complete and workable ecosystem, it will also provide the industry with clear direction regarding technical requirements so that hardware such as the secure element can be easily integrated into mobile devices.”
John Hillan, NFC Forum Technical Committee Chair, adds: “Because global interoperability is key to the mission of the NFC Forum, we’re committed to coordinating our efforts with other specification organizations to support NFC implementations across multiple business models and technology platforms. GlobalPlatform’s experience supporting secure cross-industry communication that connects all market stakeholders in contactless services will help us accelerate the development of the NFC ecosystem.”