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GPD/STIP Test Plan Launched

30 June 2008 – GlobalPlatform, the international smart card specification organization, has published a Test Plan which can be used by vendors and implementers of smart card acceptance devices and embedded trusted execution environments to self-test their product to ensure it complies with the latest release of GlobalPlatform device technology – GPD/STIP v2.3* – before development and subsequent deployment.

By assessing the compliance of a product to the GlobalPlatform Device Specification at an early stage in the development process, program implementers and/or vendors can speed up the testing cycle. This results in a faster time to market for programs deploying the product and lower associated implementation and testing costs.

The newly released GPD/STIP v2.3 Test Plan v1.0 is an upgraded version of the earlier GPD/STIP v2.2 Test Plan, and supports all new features specified in GPD/STIP v2.3 which was released in September 2007. The GPD/STIP Specification is GlobalPlatform’s core device specification which provides a secure environment for devices that run multiple, sensitive applications, such as mobile phone handsets and EFT/POS terminals.

Gil Bernabeu, GlobalPlatform Technical Director and Technical Advisor for the Standardization and Technology Department at Gemalto, comments: “The latest release of the GPD/STIP Test Plan provides the global smart card and handset industries with a way to self-test a device’s performance against the latest GlobalPlatform device technology – GPD/STIP v2.3 – and brings the GlobalPlatform Device Compliance Program completely up to date.

“In recent years, GlobalPlatform has committed extensive resources to developing a comprehensive compliance program for its cards, devices and systems specifications. This work has been proposed and driven by our members who recognize the value in standardized processes which verify a product’s conformance to the GlobalPlatform Specifications. Ultimately, vendors and implementers want to be sure that a product is going to function in a predictable and interoperable manner, as this leads to a greater efficiency and time and cost savings.”

The GPD/STIP v2.3 Test Plan is available at no cost for member organizations of GlobalPlatform, and may be purchased by non-members for $1,495. It is available for download from the GlobalPlatform website –

A device simulator will be made available by GlobalPlatform later this year to complement the Test Plan. The simulator will provide a test environment for facilitating the development of GlobalPlatform devices.

For further information on, or to download, the GPD/STIP v2.3 Test Plan v1.0, visit:


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*GPD/STIP – definition

STIP is an abbreviation of Small Terminal Interoperability Platform. GPD is an abbreviation of GlobalPlatform Device. The STIP Specifications became the GPD/STIP Specifications in 2003 when the STIP Consortium transferred its intellectual property assets to GlobalPlatform. The current GPD/STIP technology provides open standards for use on smart card accepting terminals.

About GlobalPlatform

GlobalPlatform is the global leader in smart card infrastructure development and its proven, technical specifications for cards, devices and systems are known as the standard for smart card infrastructure. GlobalPlatform is a member driven association with cross-industry representation from all world continents. For more information about GlobalPlatform, visit:

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