Toshiba will provide KDDI with NFC enabled USIM cards, designed for CDMA & GSM chipsets targeted at global markets http://bit.ly/eQAao1
Toshiba has stated that it will start the delivery of commercial User Identity Module (UIM) cards supporting Near Field Communication to Japan’s KDDI Corp.
The newly developed UIM card consists of CDMA2000 and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), and supports NFC, which is expected to go into the commercial service soon.
According to the company, the card was developed based on the latest specifications of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute-Smart Card Platform (ETSI SCP), GSMA and GlobalPlatform (GP). In addition to this, the card is compatible with GSMA’s Pay-Buy-Mobile programme and meets the security level required for international payment applications.
The card will allow the users to access services in such areas as electronic payment, transportation, personal identification, coupon redemption and more.
KDDI initiated verification testing on contactless IC technology subject to the ISO/IEC14443 Type A/B international standards in May 2010.
KDDI used handsets supporting NFC in order to verify the technical reliability and user-friendliness of the application systems including electronic payment. Toshiba, which started to develop a UIM card in 2009, participated in the testing in order to verify the reliability of the UIM card and to establish the technology.
Toshiba stated that it is ready to mass produce UIM cards for the global market and will promote UIM cards to MNO worldwide, including operators in Europe, the US and Asia.