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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.

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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

Press contact:
Lucie Wild
iseepr
+44 (0) 1943 468007 / lucie@iseepr.co.uk

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17 November, 2014 – SIMalliance, the global, non-profit industry association which simplifies secure element (SE) implementation to drive the creation, deployment and management of secure mobile services, has elected Hervé Pierre to serve a one-year term as the organisation’s new Chairman of the Board.

Hervé Pierre, who has served as SIMalliance’s full-time General Secretary since 2006, has recently taken up a new position as Embedded Software & Products (E&P) Senior Director, Strategy, within Gemalto. In this new position, he replaces Frédéric Vasnier as Gemalto’s Board member representative for SIMalliance. Hervé has been elected to the position of Chair by fellow SIMalliance Board members representing Giesecke & Devrient, Morpho, Oberthur Technologies, ST Incard and VALID.

Prior to his engagement as SIMalliance General Secretary, Hervé was Director of Strategic Programs within the Gemplus Telecom Business Unit. He has also held roles at Alcatel Business Systems and Olivetti.

Commenting on his new position, Hervé said: “It is a privilege to become SIMalliance Chairman at such a significant time for the SE industry. In the past twelve months, there have been many developments which signal strong future growth opportunities for hardware-based security solutions. The most prominent of these include the continued global growth in personal device connectivity and the rapid advance of NFC, which has brought it closer to mass market deployment than ever.

“With NFC mobile payments and multiple other NFC services now up and running in many regions across the world, there is widespread industry recognition – reaffirmed by recent high profile deployments – that the SE plays an essential role in ensuring their security. The increasing likelihood that complementary technologies such as HCE and hardware SEs will co-exist is impelling and while NFC is only one area of focus for SIMalliance, I look forward to the organisation playing an active role in driving this market forward.”

Hervé concludes: “On behalf of the SIMalliance Board and membership, I wish to thank Frédéric Vasnier for chairing the organisation for the past five years. Under his leadership, SIMalliance has undergone a pivotal transformation from a body focused on promoting an open SIM ecosystem to one which aims to promote the usage of other SEs in mobile services. In the coming year, SIMalliance will continue its work to promote and deliver a standardised global SE infrastructure. It will do this through the delivery of public technical specifications, recommendations and white papers which will facilitate and accelerate the delivery of secure mobile applications globally.”

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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 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

Press contact:
Lucie Wild
iseepr
+44 (0) 1943 468007
lucie@iseepr.co.uk

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SIMalliance, the global non-profit industry association which simplifies secure element (SE) implementation to drive secure mobile services, will bring together a number of experts from across the NFC ecosystem in October. It will host an interactive workshop designed to help banks and other secure NFC service providers – such as merchants and transit operators – understand the importance of choosing an optimal NFC deployment strategy based on their unique service and security requirements.

The half-day workshop, which opens the inaugural HCE Summit event, is titled: ‘Evaluating NFC Security Strategies: The Role of the Secure Element (SE) in the Evolving HCE Landscape’ and will take place on Tuesday 14 October in London. Speakers at the workshop will deliver presentations covering a number of NFC-related topics, including security, testing and certification, scalability and ‘lessons learned’ from existing secure mobile services deployments.

Frédéric Vasnier, SIMalliance Chairman, comments: “2014 has been a landmark year for NFC. The arrival of HCE has undoubtedly contributed to the roll-out of an increasing number of NFC deployments globally and with Apple’s recent launch of ApplePay, which uses hardware-based security, NFC payments are finally on the brink of becoming mass market.

“These developments have led to widespread acceptance that a future NFC landscape will consist of HCE and SE-based deployments, together with multiple, as yet undefined, hybrid models. In light of this outlook, SIMalliance is delivering this workshop to help banks and secure NFC service providers understand the importance of shaping their NFC deployment strategies around the current and future security, user experience and service provision requirements of their particular use-case.

“We also aim to dedicate some agenda time to examining what is happening, and what still needs to happen, to allow service providers to gain easier access to their customer base through NFC-enabled SIMs. As such, mobile network operators (MNOs) are also welcome to attend, particularly those who are keen to explore the issue of increasing subscriber access to NFC service providers.”

40 free workshop passes are available on a first-come-first-served basis for delegates representing banks, other secure NFC service providers (i.e. merchants, transit operators etc) and MNOs. To register attendance, please email: contact@kinfos.co.uk

Further information on SIMalliance’s ‘Evaluating NFC Security Strategies: The Role of the Secure Element (SE) in the Evolving HCE Landscape’ workshop, including confirmed speakers, can be found at www.hcesummit.com

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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

Press contact:
Lucie Wild
iseepr
+44 (0) 1943 468007
lucie@iseepr.co.uk