Gemalto says that its UpTeq NFC SIM is first on the market to offer the same security level as chip-based payment or smart cards. The solution will allow any service provider to dynamically manage its own security domain in the card and to load, personalize and update its related NFC applications remotely over time.
Service providers will be offered a secure space on the SIM card, to manage and update their end customers' personal data, as within a vault. Orange subscribers will be able to download, activate and use NFC services on their phone and in an entirely protected environment.
The company has been running NFC trials since May 2010 in the city of Nice. It was originally expected that the nationwide launch would take place in late 2011 though.
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