Gemalto continues push in NFC space

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Gemalto, the world’s largest SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card maker, is taking steps to expand the mobile contactless payment space – and get its technology an even broader footprint. The company announced a strategic licensing agreement with NXP Semiconductors N.V., (NXPI) as well as a mobile payments trial in Singapore.
Under the pact with NXP, Gemalto will integrate NXP’s MIFARE technology into its Universal Integrated Circuit Card> (UICC), which will expand the mobile contactless payment market because MIFARE is arguably the world’s most-deployed technology used for mobile contactless services and Gemalto’s SIMs are in a lot of devices.
“MIFARE is already at the heart of contactless infrastructures around the world,” said Henri Ardevol, VP and GM, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors. “We are proud to collaborate with Gemalto to offer the convenience of this technology to a new target of 5 billion mobile phone users.”
“Adding the MIFARE capability to Gemalto’s NFC application portfolio is key for the mass deployment of mobile contactless,” added R

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Tracy Ford

Former Associate Publisher and Executive Editor, RCR Wireless News
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Ford has spent more than two decades covering the rapidly changing wireless industry, tracking its changes as it grew from a voice-centric marketplace to the dynamic data-intensive industry it is today. She started her technology journalism career at RCR Wireless News, and has held a number of titles there, including associate publisher and executive editor. She is a winner of the American Society of Business Publication Editors Silver Award, for both trade show and government coverage. A graduate of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Ford holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on public relations.