NXP Semiconductors and Gemalto, a provider for digital security, announced a global strategic licensing agreement for NXP's technology, enabling Gemalto to integrate NXP solution into its cards. This cooperation aims at spurring the usage of NFC mobile devices in the MIFARE infrastructure, therefore accelerating deployments of mobile contactless services.
The agreement enables Gemalto to complement its existing NFC application portfolio with MIFARE technology for its UICC security solutions. As a result, mobile operators and service providers will be able to offer a broad range of mobile contactless services thanks to the widened availability of UICC cards incorporating MIFARE. This is the contactless technology worldwide and provides high levels of performance, flexibility and security in public transportation, access management, event ticketing and customer loyalty programs.
“MIFARE is already at the heart of contactless infrastructures around the world,” said Henri Ardevol, VP and GM, Secure Transactions, NXP Semiconductors. “We are proud to collaborate with Gemalto to offer the convenience of this technology to a new target of five billion mobile phone users.”
“Adding the MIFARE capability to Gemalto's NFC application portfolio is key for the mass deployment of mobile contactless,” said Rémi Fouchier, Senior VP, Trusted Services Management, Gemalto.
This expansion of the MIFARE licensing program underscores the leadership of this technology as an open-architecture platform for end-to-end solutions in both smart cards and smart devices such as mobile phones. In addition to this license for SIM cards, NXP has licensed MIFARE technology to various chip manufacturers, while hundreds of manufacturers supply MIFARE reader terminals and smart cards.