SOURCE: NXP

NXP

May 11, 2011 05:00 ET

MIFARE4Mobile Industry Group Announces Roadmap

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - The MIFARE4Mobile Industry Group, consisting of leading players in the Near Field Communication (NFC) ecosystem including Ericsson, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI), Oberthur Technologies, STMicroelectronics and ViVOtech, today announced the new roadmap for MIFARE4Mobile™ specifications.

The companies are collaborating to integrate support for the following new features and technologies in the next version 2.0 of the MIFARE4Mobile specifications:

  • Full support of MIFARE™ Classic, MIFARE DESFire™ and MIFARE DESFire EV1 applications
  • Support for multiple Trusted Service Managers
  • Support for multiple MIFARE™ applications on the same secure element
  • Compliance with GlobalPlatform 2.2
  • End-to-end security between service provider and MIFARE application
  • Backward compatibility to MIFARE4Mobile 1.01

With the release of version 2.0 of the specification, which is expected in Q3 2011, MIFARE4Mobile will fulfill the requirements for the entire life-cycle management of MIFARE™ applications in mobile devices.

Initially developed by NXP Semiconductors, MIFARE4Mobile is a technology which is used to manage MIFARE-based services in NFC mobile devices, from over-the-air installation to end-user interaction via the user interface of the mobile phone. The MIFARE4Mobile Industry Group acts as a platform to guide the evolution of MIFARE4Mobile technology. The aim of the group is to standardize and advance the uniform management of MIFARE applications on NFC-enabled secure elements, such as SIM cards, and mobile phones.

MIFARE has become the most widely adopted contactless technology on the market today and is an essential element in public transportation schemes, ticketing systems, loyalty programs, and access management around the world.

About MIFARE4Mobile

MIFARE4Mobile is a technology that provides mobile network operators, trusted services managers and service providers with a single, interoperable programming interface to remotely provision and manage MIFARE-based services in embedded secure elements and SIM cards of mobile NFC devices "over the air" (OTA).

The MIFARE4Mobile interface specifications are grouped into 3 categories:

  • Wallet / User Interface APIs
    • Ensure a consistent user experience
    • Provide full interoperability with other card formats
    • Render card content on the phone screen in a convenient and flexible way
  • Over The Air / Trusted Service Manager APIs
    • Allow OTA providers to access MIFARE resources of any secure element in a consistent way
    • Ensure uniform approach to MIFARE application life cycle management
  • Secure Element Platform APIs
    • Provide common access to the hardware resources of the MIFARE portfolio

The current version 1.01 of the MIFARE4Mobile Specifications is available at http://www.mifare.net/products/mifare4mobile1/mifare4mobile/

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, NXP posted revenue of $4.4 billion in 2010. Additional information can be found by visiting www.nxp.com.

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