NXP Semiconductors and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) have developed a joint software solution offering secure interfaces between the handset, NFC functionality and secure elements such as the SIM card.
The open source solution integrates NXP’s NFC controllers with G&D’s secure software solutions to enable NFC to be integrated into mobile handsets based on the Android platform and other operating systems.
Applications of the new solution include reading and writing to NFC smart tags, peer-to-peer data sharing, mobile payments and access control.
According to NXP, leading mobile handset OEMs have already included the solution into the platform design of their Android-based mobile handsets for 2011 and in 2012. Orange has also hinted at using the solution in the expansion of its Cityzi NFC ecosystem project.