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GlobalPlatform Welcomes FIME as a New Member

02 February 2010 – FIME, a worldwide supplier of test solutions in the domain of smart cards, RFID and NFC, has joined GlobalPlatform.  The decision demonstrates FIME's commitment to contribute to the development of a standardized smart card infrastructure and GlobalPlatform's drive towards creating an open compliance ecosystem.

As a Participating Member, FIME will be entitled to contribute to all aspects of GlobalPlatform activity including its Card Committee which aims to define industry and technology neutral specifications for card and application management.  It will also have an opportunity to participate in the Mobile and Government Task Forces, which play a key role in identifying market specific implementation guides for deploying GlobalPlatform technology, such as the GlobalPlatform UICC Configuration for the mobile sector.

Vincent Poty, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development for FIME, comments: "Having been involved in GlobalPlatform as a subsidiary of long-standing member, France Telecom, FIME is already acquainted with the association's activities and merit within the smart card sector.  As a part of GlobalPlatform in its own right, FIME intends to actively participate in the promotion of the organization's initiatives and increase the visibility of its achievements and GlobalPlatform solutions on the international smart card scene."

Kevin Gillick, Executive Director of GlobalPlatform, adds: "GlobalPlatform is fully aware of the capabilities and expertise FIME has to offer and we are delighted that it has decided to cement this relationship through its own membership to GlobalPlatform.  The move clearly demonstrates the company's support and dedication to achieve long-term market interoperability."

Further membership benefits for FIME include: the ability to participate in GlobalPlatform's Advisory Council, which provides direct access for members to the GlobalPlatform Executive Director and Board of Directors; all-member meeting attendance; and weighted voting privileges.


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Notes to Editors

About GlobalPlatform -

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.

About FIME -
FIME is a worldwide supplier of test solutions in the domain of smartcards, RFID and NFC. Providing an overall and integrated service consisting of laboratory testing, test tools, consulting and innovation through dedicated R&D, FIME holds a strong position as a real business accelerator.

A pioneer in testing contact cards during the 1990s, today FIME is providing its leading abilities in the contactless world with over 170 employees in branches in Canada, France, India and Taiwan. FIME offers a solution adapted to local needs, along with the stability of a company that is a subsidiary of Orange Business Services and the functional flexibility of autonomous teams strongly implicated in your project.

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