Press Releases | 2010
CASSIS International, INSIDE Contactless,
Feb 11, 2010
AIX-EN-PROVENCE and PARIS, France, and PADERBORN, Germany, February 11, 2010 – An international consortium of payment and wireless industry leaders today announced their participation in a field trial being conducted by Banka Koper to bring SIM-based NFC mobile payments to Slovenia. CASSIS International, INSIDE Contactless, Sagem Orga and Sagem Wireless, in cooperation with Mobitel, the leading mobile service provider in Slovenia, have provided Banka Koper with the payment infrastructure and applications for this trial, which will run through June 2010.
Using their Mobitel handsets, participants in the trial will be able to make purchases at any of the merchant locations in Slovenia that accept MasterCardŽ and MaestroŽ PayPass™ contactless payment cards. Trialists will also benefit from a set of interactive mobile services based on “smart posters,” including contextual information, advertisements and coupons.
“This pilot gathers state of the art technologies from leaders in the industry,“ said Gojmir Nabergoj, senior advisor at Banka Koper. “We aim to leverage smart card and mobile technologies to enable simpler and more secure payments, and to offer value added products which really makes a difference to their customers.”
Banka Koper’s payment service will be provisioned over-the-air onto a single-wire protocol SIM card. Both the MasterCard M/Chip application and Mobitel’s single-wire protocol NFC SIM card have been developed by Sagem Orga. The NFC-compliant Mobitel handset, manufactured by Sagem Wireless, incorporates INSIDE’s MicroReadŽ NFC solution, which handles communication with NFC terminals, tags and other NFC handsets, and also includes INSIDE’s Wave-Me™ applet for interaction with smart posters.
“Mobitel has extensive experience of innovative mobile services, especially in the field of payment,“ said Jagodič Marko, service unit manager at Mobitel. “Thanks to our industrial partners we were able to create a new experience of mobile payment.”
Application and SIM card life cycle management is performed over-the-air by CASSIS MobileMatrix, a telco and commercial-grade trusted service management (TSM) solution. CASSIS also provide the certified payment user-interface and smart poster management based on the award-winning PosterMatrix software platform.
“We are glad to work with Banka Koper, a consistent innovator in banking services,” said Jean-Philipe Betoin, head of Europe at CASSIS International. “This project again proves the maturity of the GSMA PayBuyMobile initiative. Mobitel and Banka Koper are demonstrating that NFC is a deployable technology.”
Charles Walton, executive vice president at INSIDE Contactless commented: “Banka Koper is one of the most technologically advanced banks in Slovenia, and we are pleased to have been invited to participate in this NFC trial, which is further demonstration of INSIDE’s technological know-how and commitment to NFC payment and application solutions.”
Cyril Caillaud, NFC product line manager at Sagem Wireless said: “All the analyst and market evidence indicates that the adoption of emerging NFC applications in the consumer handset market is set to grow rapidly in 2010. The trial of these new connected services by Banka Koper and Mobitel will really demonstrate the benefits of fast, secure contactless payment. We’re delighted to be delivering the device that will connect the consumer with these mobile payments and help drive the take-up of NFC technology in the future.”
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