Germany’s SCM Microsystems has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Sony Corporation to develop and supply FeliCa contactless card readers for international markets. The arrangement allows SCM to develop a line of FeliCa products targeting the enterprise, mobile and banking markets, beginning with FeliCa Physical Access Control Terminals (PACT).
FeliCa, created by Sony, is the standard for contactless payment in Japan. All SCM terminals and readers developed under the cooperation are anticipated to be ISO 14443 and FeliCa capable and fully support Near Field Communication functionality.
SCM expects to introduce the first readers in its FeliCa portfolio in the fourth quarter of 2008. Additional products to be added to the line are under discussion between the two companies.