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GlobalPlatform Appoints New Device Committee Chair

19 March 2009 – GlobalPlatform, the international specification body for smart card infrastructure, has appointed Christophe Colas of Trusted Logic as the new Chair of its Device Committee.

Christophe Colas is currently Professional Services Manager in the Professional & Consumer Devices Business Unit at Trusted Logic. He is responsible for technical marketing and leads customer integrations of the company’s wireless security middleware. Christophe’s professional experience has always been related to multi-application smart card accepting devices such as payment terminals and wireless devices, and he has been actively involved in several consortia concerned with maintaining open standards for smart cards.

Christophe comments: “I am looking forward to leading the Device Committee as it embraces new challenges arising from the growth of interoperable technology. This year, in addition to enhancing the GPD/STIP Specifications, we will be ensuring that GlobalPlatform plays a defining role in standardizing the Trusted Execution Environment framework for wireless devices and maintains its leading position in open payment terminal activity . We will also focus our efforts on the NFC ecosystem and provide the necessary on-device security framework for (U)SIM and NFC access.”

Kevin Gillick, Executive Director of GlobalPlatform, adds: “Christophe has been involved in GlobalPlatform since its inception ten years ago. His participation in the development of several software architectures including Visa Open Platform Terminal Framework – which has since transferred to GlobalPlatform – and his extensive knowledge of the smart card, EMV and security areas make him an outstanding candidate to direct the activities of the Device Committee. I’d also like to thank outgoing Chairman Laurent Coureau of France Telecom and look forward to his continuing participation within the organization.”

The aim of the GlobalPlatform Device Committee is to define an open architecture and software framework for single and multi-application card acceptance devices, enabling the rapid development and deployment of acceptance device applications from multiple service providers . It is one of three committees within GlobalPlatform that conducts technical activity and specification development through specific working groups. Alongside the organization’s Systems and Card Committees, it allows members to channel their expertise and knowledge into targeted work initiatives.

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GlobalPlatform is the world leader in smart card infrastructure development. Its proven technical specifications for cards, devices and systems are regarded as the industry standard for achieving interoperable, sustainable and flexible smart card deployments that support multi-application, multi-actor and multi-business model implementations.

GlobalPlatform is a member driven association with cross-industry representation from all world continents. As of October 2008, an estimated 305.7 million GlobalPlatform-based smart cards had been deployed globally and an additional two billion mid range USIM/SIM cards worldwide are estimated to use GlobalPlatform card technology to enable over-the-air (OTA) application downloads for 3G and GSM mobile networks.

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