RFinity, an Idaho Falls technology company specializing in secure NFC identification and transactions, has launched a pilot at the Idaho campus of Brigham Young University of an open encryption platform using a secure microSD card with a contactless interface developed by Giesecke & Devrient, a German security technology company.
With RFinity’s patented integration platform and G&D’s hardware, BYU-I students will test a secure, contactless identification and transaction system that will allow them to make purchases using only their mobile phones. Initially, the pilot will only cover the university’s bookstore.
G&D developed the secure microSD card, named Mobile Security Card CL (for contactless). RFinity’s system requires the microSD card to operate using a mobile phone in this trial environment. The security feature in the Mobile Security Card CL is provided by a cryptography controller integrated in the microSD card along with the flash memory. The card is suitable for use in mobile phones, smart phones, netbooks and other mobile devices, and even in USB tokens.
“The RFinity pilot at BYU-I will be one of the first mobile contactless deployments that focuses on securing transactions in a way that reduces the risks associated with legacy payment systems,” said Aaron Turner, RFinity Co-founder and CEO.
“We hope RFinity and G&D have a successful pilot with us, and we’re anxious to see what benefits their new technology could potentially provide to our university” said Andy Cargal, BYU-Idaho spokesperson.