GlobalPlatform Announces Wuhan Tianyu Information Industry, Co., LTD As Its Newest Member
10 September 2007 – Wuhan Tianyu Information Industry Co., Ltd, a smart card solutions provider for the telecommunications, finance, ID and security industries, has become the latest organization to join the fast expanding membership of international smart card specifications body, GlobalPlatform.
As one of China’s leading smart card and smart card device suppliers, Tianyu has experience in developing card and application systems based on GlobalPlatform’s suite of technical specifications, and joins GlobalPlatform to begin actively contributing to the body’s future technology advancements.
Participating in GlobalPlatform activity as an Observer Member, Tianyu representatives will participate in the association’s Advisory Council meetings, providing the company with an opportunity to influence the direction of GlobalPlatform initiatives, and network with the smart card business and technical community to discuss the latest industry issues and trends.
Mr. Zhang Xinfang, CEO of Wuhan Tianyu, comments: “Tianyu’s membership to GlobalPlatform will provide us with an awareness of the current smart card specifications being developed to address the continuous evolution and convergence of the market. With an existing appreciation of GlobalPlatform technology, this additional insight will enable Tianyu to deliver the most innovative smart card solutions to its customers. We look forward to playing an active role in GlobalPlatform’s community and building a strong relationship with other members internationally.”
Bob Beer, Chairman of GlobalPlatform and Vice President of Business Development at Datacard Group, adds: “Tianyu’s vast knowledge of the Chinese market, experienced research and development offering and involvement in significant regional implementations, will provide a considerable contribution to our Advisory Council meetings. This, combined with the company’s established understanding of the importance GlobalPlatform Specifications play within the industry, makes Tianyu a welcome addition to our membership.”
GlobalPlatform is a member driven organization with world-wide cross-industry representation. GlobalPlatform is the leading, international association, focused on establishing and maintaining interoperable specifications for single and multi-application smart cards, acceptance devices and systems infrastructure that deliver benefits to issuers, service providers and technology suppliers.
These specifications are known as the standard for smart card infrastructure, thanks to their balance of technical superiority and business justification.
GlobalPlatform specifications are freely available and have been adopted in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas by many public and private bodies. Currently, there are over 40 GlobalPlatform-based smart card implementations world-wide and approximately 100 million GlobalPlatform smart cards and more than 1 billion GSM implementations worldwide.
GlobalPlatform is an independent, not-for-profit organization and its strategy is defined and prioritized by a Board of Directors. GlobalPlatform is currently chaired by Robert E. Beer, Vice President Business Development, Datacard Group, and vice-chaired by Marc Kekicheff, Vice President Product Technology, Visa International. Didier Begay, Prospective Manager, Corporate Directorate for Security at France Telecom is GlobalPlatform’s Treasurer and Kevin Gillick serves the membership on a full-time basis as its Executive Director.