NXP Semiconductors says within the next few months it will launch its MIFARE4Mobile Application Programming Interfaces specifications which will manage MIFARE-based applications in mobile devices. This new specification will provide mobile network operators and service providers with an interoperable programming interface for NFC-enabled phones.
The MIFARE4Mobile will manage MIFARE applications from their over-the-air installation to the end-user interaction via the phone user interface. NXP proposes a Global Platform-compliant JavaCard applet to orchestrate all MIFARE services securely hosted in the mobile device.
NXP says it is working to deliver the certification, compliance and rules for the MIFARE4Mobile specification in consultation with NFC stakeholders. Licenses for the use of the MIFARE4Mobile APIs technology will be free if used in conjunction with MIFARE secure elements sold by NXP or licensed by NXP. The first release of the APIs will support MIFARE Classic and will evolve to include MIFARE Plus and MIFARE DESFire to guarantee total compatibility with existing and new contactless infrastructures, according to NXP.