Gemalto has been selected by Vodafone Group to provide and operate its global Trusted Service Management (TSM) platform and deploy NFC services solutions.
This multi-year global contract will provide the foundation for secure and convenient ‘wave and pay’ contactless transactions via mobile phone, as well as for numerous new services that demand the highest levels of security and integrity.
Key elements of the end-to-end solution that is being integrated by Gemalto include the Allynis TSM service platform (a complete solution that ensures mobile payment end-to-end security encryption between financial institutions and mobile operators) and the company’s UpTeq NFC high-end card product.
As the turnkey supplier and systems integrator for Vodafone’s ambitious international project, Gemalto will provide for the launch of a range of innovative services that can address hundreds of millions of subscribers, located in all the countries where Vodafone Group operates. To support this program, Gemalto’s solution will allow both Vodafone subsidiaries and third party service providers such as banks, transport operators and retailers to seamlessly plug into a secure and reliable NFC ecosystem.
At the same time CorFire announced is providing mobile wallet capabilities to Vodafone Group, enabling Vodafone’s customers to use their smartphones to conduct a number of transactions, including paying for goods and services at the point of sale, during 2013.
CorFire’s mobile wallet solution, CorPay, helps Vodafone further its goal of eliminating the need for physical wallets by delivering customers with comprehensive digital mobile wallet solutions.
“Vodafone’s customer base spans across more than 30 countries, which means our partnership may become one of the biggest, global implementations of NFC and mobile commerce,” said Dr. Jae Chung, CorFire’s president and CEO. “We applaud Vodafone’s efforts to make mobile commerce a reality in markets which are increasingly relying on smartphones to conduct regular daily activities. As a result of this collaboration, we will bring tangible benefits to consumers and pave the way for financial institutions, transit authorities, merchants, and enterprises to leverage the mobile channel to expand their customer reach.”
CorPay, which works in NFC and non-NFC environments, can leverage the Secure Element if present to encrypt and store personal account information. The solution also relies on a full client/server architecture that allows the support of scenarios such as phone change and SIM switching.
In New Zealand it's a different story. Vodafone New Zealand says that "Locally however, we have committed to investing in a joint venture with other MNOs and Paymark to provide secure trusted service manager (TSM) services, that will enable us to deliver the mobile wallet and associated services (payments, public transport, loyalty and vouchers) to the NZ market. Given the size of the NZ market, and the need to get scale and reduce fragmentation, it makes sense to build common infrastructure that is low cost and open to all. We are in the process of selecting vendors for the TSM and the mobile wallet that suit the NZ market. These will be announced in due course."