New Specification – GPD/STIP v2.2 – Extends GlobalPlatform’s Ability to Support Services on Mobile Devices
25 April 2005 – A new device specification released by GlobalPlatform today – GPD/STIP v2.2 – defines the basic functionality required by smart card accepting devices in order to support mobile services.
In addition to outlining the basic functions of a device required to support mobile services, the mobile definition – otherwise known as the ‘GlobalPlatform Mobile Phone Profile’ - also introduces an Application Programming Interface (API) for contactless cards.
This contactless API allows the GlobalPlatform Device Framework to explicitly support contactless cards and readers – a feature which will be beneficial to both the mobile telecoms and financial payment industries and which has already been demonstrated successfully via a mobile handset by France Telecom at the 2005 3GSM conference in Cannes.
GPD/STIP v2.2 also defines functionality for devices used for Electronic Fund Transfer at Point of Sale applications, via the introduction of a dedicated GlobalPlatform EFT/POS Profile.
GPD/STIP v2.2 is an updated version of STIP’s previous release, v2.1. The addition of the Mobile Phone Profile and an API for contactless cards are the key revisions and they allow the development of, standardized devices that enable mobile terminals to use the STIP framework more productively than before.
Both Java and C# versions of the new GPD/STIP v2.2 Specification have been published for the first time to widen the base of development platforms that can implement GPD/STIP technology.
GPD/STIP v2.2 incorporates a C# and Java version of the specification, a User Guide and a PC Simulator.
Jean-Paul Billon from Axalto and Chair of the GlobalPlatform Device Committee, comments: “The launch of GPD/STIP v2.2 is GlobalPlatform’s response to the evolving needs of the mobile telecoms and payment industries.
“As mobile devices become more commonplace and the number of contactless card schemes continues to rise, the GlobalPlatform Device Committee felt it was necessary to define functionality to support mobile and contactless services in order to standardize the development process.
“The work we have undertaken to arrive at GPD/STIP v2.2 aligns well with GlobalPlatform’s strategy to create and maintain interoperable standards for smart card infrastructure and maintain their relevance by evolving them to fit the ever changing needs of the many marketplaces which deploy smart card programs.”
GPD/STIP v2.2 fully integrates the work of the GlobalPlatform Device Committee and the ex-Small Terminal Interoperability Platform (STIP) Consortium, which was merged into GlobalPlatform in May 2004.
If you would like more information on GPD/STIP v2.2, or to download the specification, please visit www.globalplatform.org
NOTES TO EDITORS:
GPD/STIP – definition
STIP technology provides open standards for use on smart card accepting terminals. GPD refers to the GlobalPlatform Device Framework which is based on STIP technology.
* GlobalPlatform is designed to provide maximum flexibility to the card issuer and its business partners regarding card content management, while ensuring that the card issuer keeps control over the card content present on the card. Delegated Management provides this capability so that a card issuer can provide an application provider with the capability to perform specific card content management.
Driven by over 50 cross-industry member organizations, 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 available royalty-free and have been adopted in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia by many public and private bodies. Currently, there are over 25 GlobalPlatform-based smart card implementations world-wide and approximately 70 million GlobalPlatform cards are in global circulation.
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