SIMalliance OMAPI Specification is Now Available to Implement on All Smartphone Models Globally
Release of OMAPI Specification v3.0 extends its reach to devices running Blackberry OS;
OMAPI Test Specification updated to align with newly released OMAPI Specification v3.0
10 December 2014 – SIMalliance, the global non-profit industry association which simplifies secure element (SE) implementation to drive secure mobile services, has published a new version – v3.0 – of its OMAPI Specification, incorporating updates which allow it to be universally implemented on every type of smartphone OS globally.
The OMAPI Specification, which is referenced by the GSMA and is currently implemented in over 150 models of Android NFC smartphone, specifies how mobile applications may access different SEs, including the UICC and embedded SEs, within a mobile device. Until now, the OMAPI Specification has been available for implementation on all smartphone OS that use object oriented programming languages. Version 3.0 of the specification now adds support for native programming languages by defining the procedural interface, alongside the object oriented interface, which is required for the technology to be used on Blackberry devices, for example.
In parallel with the release of the updated OMAPI Specification, SIMalliance has revised the OMAPI Test Specification to define compliance testing according to the new procedural interface within the API. The newly published OMAPI Test Specification v2.0 outlines mobile device compliance to the OMAPI Specification v3.0 and defines test cases in order that conformance tests can be executed.
Together, the OMAPI Test Specification and the OMAPI Test Application – the first version of which was published by SIMalliance in July 2014 – make it easier for developers, handset manufacturers and OS providers to implement and verify the use of the OMAPI Specification in handsets. This encourages greater standardisation in SE access management across mobile devices.
Hervé Pierre, SIMalliance Chairman, comments: “The OMAPI Specification, alongside the accompanying test specification and test application, plays a very important role in standardising the secure mobile services ecosystem. The correct integration of the specification across handsets is essential to ensure the interoperability of SE-based mobile applications across different devices.
“The work to extend the technology for all OS was carried out in full recognition and support of the GSMA’s requirements for handset manufacturers to implement OMAPI. This work has now been completed and represents a huge step forward for the industry; global interoperability, in terms of how mobile applications access different SEs within a device, is – for the first time – now achievable across every type of smartphone model.”
GlobalPlatform recently endorsed the value that the OMAPI Specification brings to mobile services standardisation, by announcing that it has integrated compliance testing for the correct implementation of OMAPI on handsets within its device compliance program. The GlobalPlatform Device Compliance Program confirms that the OMAPI Specification and GlobalPlatform’s Secure Element Access Control Specification have been correctly implemented across handsets, ensuring both the interoperability of SE-based mobile applications across different devices and the integrity of secure mobile application communication channels.
The OMAPI v3.0 provides interface definitions and UML diagrams to support implementation across all mobile platforms and programming languages. The specification is closely referenced in the GSMA’s own technical support materials, including the NFC Handset & APIs Requirements specification and the NFC Handset Test Book.
All SIMalliance OMAPI resources – including OMAPI v3.0, the OMAPI Test Specification v2.0 and OMAPI Test Application v1.0 – are available, free to download, from the resources page on the SIMalliance website. SIMalliance continues to invite industry feedback on its OMAPI resources. Comments should be sent to OMAPI@SIMalliance.org.
Note to Editors:
About SIMalliance (Security, Identity, Mobility) SIMalliance is the global, non-profit industry association which simplifies secure element (SE) implementation to drive the creation, deployment and management of secure mobile services. The organisation promotes the essential role of the secure element (SE) in delivering secure mobile applications and services across all devices that can access wireless networks. By identifying and addressing SE-related technical issues, and both clarifying and recommending existing technical standards relevant to SE implementation, the SIMalliance aims to promote an open SE ecosystem to facilitate and accelerate delivery of secure mobile applications globally.
SIMalliance members represent approx 86% of the global SIM card market. As such, the SIMalliance’s membership is responsible for delivering the most widely distributed secure application delivery platform in the world (UICC/SIM/USIM).
SIMalliance members are Eastcompeace, Fundamenture, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Incard, Kona I, Morpho, Oasis Smart SIM, Oberthur Technologies, VALID, Watchdata and Wuhan Tianyu. SIMalliance Strategic Partners are Comprion, Linxens and Movenda. For more information visit www.simalliance.org
This License Agreement (Agreement) is a legal agreement between you and SIMalliance. (Licensor), which is the owner of the specification (Specification) you will be downloading when you complete this Agreement. As used in this Agreement, "you" means the company, entity or individual that is acquiring a license under this Agreement.
By clicking on the "ACCEPT" button below, you are agreeing that you will be bound by and are becoming a party to this Agreement. If you are an entity, and an individual is entering into this Agreement on your behalf, then you will be bound by this Agreement when that individual clicks on the "ACCEPT" button. When they do so, it will also constitute a representation by the individual that s/he is authorized to bind you as a party to this Agreement. If you do not agree to all of the terms of this Agreement, click the "DO NOT ACCEPT" button at the end of this Agreement.
1. License Grant.
Licensor hereby grants you the right, without charge, on a perpetual, non- exclusive and worldwide basis, the right to utilize the Specification for the purpose of developing, making, having made, using, marketing, importing, offering to sell or license, and selling or licensing, and to otherwise distribute, products complying with the Specification, in all cases subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement and any relevant patent and other intellectual property rights of third parties (which may include members of Licensor). This license grant does not include the right to sublicense, modify or create derivative works based upon the Specification. For the avoidance of doubt, products implementing this Specification are not deemed to be derivative works of the Specification.
2. NO WARRANTIES.
THE SPECIFICATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS AND NONINFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS. IN NO EVENT SHALL LICENSOR, ITS MEMBERS OR ITS CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, OR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SPECIFICATION.
3. THIRD PARTY RIGHTS.
Without limiting the generality of Section 2 above, LICENSOR ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY TO COMPILE, CONFIRM, UPDATE OR MAKE PUBLIC ANY THIRD PARTY ASSERTIONS OF PATENT OR OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS THAT MIGHT NOW OR IN THE FUTURE BE INFRINGED BY AN IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SPECIFICATION IN ITS CURRENT, OR IN ANY FUTURE FORM. IF ANY SUCH RIGHTS ARE DESCRIBED ON THE SPECIFICATION, LICENSOR TAKES NO POSITION AS TO THE VALIDITY OR INVALIDITY OF SUCH ASSERTIONS, OR THAT ALL SUCH ASSERTIONS THAT HAVE OR MAY BE MADE ARE SO LISTED.
4. TERMINATION OF LICENSE.
In the event of a breach of this Agreement by you or any of your employees or members, Licensor shall give you written notice and an opportunity to cure. If the breach is not cured within thirty (30) days after written notice, or if the breach is of a nature that cannot be cured, then Licensor may immediately or thereafter terminate the licenses granted in this Agreement.
All notices required under this Agreement shall be in writing, and shall be deemed effective five days from deposit in the mails. Notices and correspondence to either party shall be sent to its address as it appears below. This Agreement shall be construed and interpreted under the internal laws of the United Kingdom, without giving effect to its principles of conflict of law.