NXP Semiconductors and security specialist Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) have singed an agreement enabling G&D to integrate NXP’s Mifare technology into its portfolio of secure SIM products.
Per the agreement, G&D can now offer Mifare-enabled SIM products to mobile network operators, enabling the deployment of NFC mobile ticketing solutions throughout Mifare’s global contactless infrastructure. According to G&D, Mifare is the most widely used technology platform for contactless applications on the market today, accessible through more than 50 million contactless readers and terminals in more than 650 cities worldwide.
According to NXP, the license agreement comes with the ability to perform over-the-air (OTA) activation of Mifare functionality on G&D’s secure SIM cards.
As long-term partners, NXP and G&D are both members of the Mifare4Mobile Industry Group, which aims to develop a uniform concept of managing Mifare-based contactless applications on NFC-enabled secure elements, such as SIM cards. In addition to this latest license agreement, NXP licenses Mifare to various chip manufacturers that supply Mifare-based reader terminals and smart cards.