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Gemalto demo turns NFC phones into convenient identification

Rise in BYOD presents opportunity for all credentials to be securely integrated in the mobile handset

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona - Feb 26, 2013–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, is demonstrating innovative NFC applications at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain (Hall 5 Stand 5G120). This proof of concept for enterprise applications transform mobile phones into secure and convenient identification and authentication devices for the workplace. Utilizing the company’s proven UpTeq NFC SIM, Gemalto’s experimentation enables secure and fast entry to buildings as well as provide strong authentication on PCs, laptops, IT networks and other company services with nothing more than a tap of the phone.

With the user’s unique credentials protected by state-of-the-art smart card security, the mobile phone becomes the key to greater flexibility and efficiency in many everyday tasks. Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIM and embedded software support numerous industry standards for contactless access, but these applications extend the benefits of NFC technology far beyond building access control.

Downloadable apps that are showcased at MWC 2013 include Gemalto’s Password Companion, a secure password management application securely embedded in the SIM that replaces low privacy and time-consuming log-in procedures for computing devices and networks with contactless confirmation using the mobile phone for authentication. NFC phones can also be used for booking meeting rooms, controlling access to secure office printers, and making payments at vending machines and canteens.

“Smart phones and contactless cards are some of the most widely used technologies in the enterprise today,” said Frédéric Vasnier, Senior Vice President of Telecommunications at Gemalto. “In addition, the workplace requires a high level of security for physical and logical access. Combining expertise in all these areas, Gemalto is committed to innovation in domains where security, speed and convenience are crucial and “Enterprise” is a perfect use case for new NFC applications.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 10,000 employees operating out of 74 offices and 14 Research & Development centers, located in 43 countries.

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work–anytime, everywhere–in ways that are enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

Gemalto develops secure embedded software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these secure products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services they enable. Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital services to billions of individuals.

Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to interact with the digital and wireless world.

For more information visit http://www.gemalto.com, http://www.justaskgemalto.com, http://blog.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

Gemalto Media Contacts

Peggy Edoire
Europe, Middle East & Africa
+33 4 42 36 45 40
peggy.edoire@gemalto.com

Nicole Smith
North America
+1 512 758 8921
nicole.smith@gemalto.com

Ernesto Haikewitsch
Latin America
+55 11 5105 9220
ernesto.haikewitsch@gemalto.com

Yvonne Lim
Asia Pacific
+65 6317 3730
Yvonne.lim@gemalto.com

 

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