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GlobalPlatform Welcomes Masktech as Observer Member

19 January 2015 - GlobalPlatform, the organization which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology, is pleased to announce its newest Observer Member, Masktech.

As an Observer Member, Masktech – an independent supplier of security-embedded chipsets, operating systems and related middleware for electronic identification cards, travel documents and authentication solutions – will focus its initial attention on the work priorities of the GlobalPlatform Security Task Force. Priorities of this task force include actively contributing to industry efforts to streamline security certification and facilitating discussions regarding future security requirements across secure chip technology.

“Masktech is currently updating its security solutions portfolio to support common standard two-factor authentication and payment specifications,” comments Matthias Duensser, Masktech. “Access to GlobalPlatform’s knowledge and specifications will help us to manage these applications more effectively.”

Kevin Gillick, Executive Director at GlobalPlatform, concludes: “It’s great to have companies like Masktech on board at a time when the security ecosystem is growing rapidly. We look forward to its participation in the Security Task Force as we continue to develop the management of secure applications on mobile devices.”

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GlobalPlatform is a cross industry, not-for-profit association which identifies, develops and publishes specifications which facilitate the secure and interoperable deployment and management of multiple embedded applications on secure chip technology.  Its proven technical specifications are regarded as the international industry standard for building a trusted end-to-end solution which serves multiple actors and supports several business models.

The freely available specifications provide the foundation for market convergence and innovative new cross-sector partnerships.  The technology has been adopted globally across finance, mobile/telecom, government, healthcare, retail and transit sectors.   GlobalPlatform also supports an open compliance program ecosystem to ensure the long-term interoperability of secure chip technology.

As a member-driven association with cross-market representation from all world continents, GlobalPlatform membership is open to any organization operating within this landscape.  Its 130+ members contribute to technical committees and market-led task forces.

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