SmartTrust Brings Mobile Expertise To GlobalPlatform Membership
02 April, 2007 – SmartTrust has announced its membership to smart card international specifications body, GlobalPlatform. As a leading provider in mobile device management and SIM based services for mobile operators, SmartTrust is committed to developing and promoting interoperable specifications for the entire smart card infrastructure – a stance that is reflected in its decision to join GlobalPlatform.
As a Participating Member of GlobalPlatform, SmartTrust will actively contribute to the technical activities of GlobalPlatform’s Systems Committee. Additionally, the company will participate in the Advisory Council which helps to align technical and market requirements with the strategy and technology developments of GlobalPlatform’s working groups.
Through its GlobalPlatform membership, SmartTrust will be in a position to combine its technical expertise for building comprehensive mobile operator management solutions with an increased awareness on the importance of systems interoperability, allowing it to educate the mobile communications market on the long-term effectiveness and technology investment protection GlobalPlatform Specifications provide.
Magnus Malmström, Vice President of Product Management at SmartTrust, comments: “As a supplier of mobile device management products, including SIM Over-The-Air (OTA) technology, SmartTrust regards GlobalPlatform technical activity crucial for the evolution of a secure, scalable and interoperable OTA infrastructure. Our membership allows us to share our knowledge and provide invaluable contributions to the development of global standards that, for instance, can support proximity payments.”
Bob Beer, GlobalPlatform Chairman, adds: “Following the announcement of GlobalPlatform’s increased focus on the mobile industry, via the recent launch of the Mobile Task Force, we are delighted to welcome SmartTrust to participate and contribute to GlobalPlatform’s technical advances and business strategy. Additionally, SmartTrust’s sector knowledge, technical awareness and market reputation will re-emphasize the important role GlobalPlatform technology plays within the mobile telecoms sector.”
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Nearly 200 mobile networks around the world rely on SmartTrust to better manage subscribers, their handsets and access to mobile services. Combining a carrier-grade over the air (OTA) platform with fully scalable repositories of subscriber and device knowledge, the company allows mobile operators to build comprehensive solutions that meet the unique business challenges of today’s mobile markets.
This includes SmartManage™: a comprehensive portfolio of Mobile Device Management technologies that covers initial configuration through to the continued support and servicing of handsets; and SmartàLaCarte™: an immediate and configurable SIM-menu platform that can be used to launch value-added services independent of the underlying handset technology.
With more than a decade of experience in the mobile communications industry, customers include Vodafone, O2 UK, Telenor, Sonofon, Cosmote, MTN, T-Mobile, Cingular Wireless, Brasil Telecom GSM, Claro, Bharti Airtel, Cellular, SMART Communications, M1 and Indosat.
The company is headquartered in Sweden with a regional presence in Finland, UK Germany, Italy, Malaysia, India, China, Hong Kong, Brazil and the United States. SmartTrust is privately held and its investors include The Carlyle Group, Eqvitec Partners, GE Equity and TeliaSonera.
GlobalPlatform is a member driven organization with world-wide cross-industry representation. 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 freely available and have been adopted in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas by many public and private bodies. As of December 2006, there were over 40 known GlobalPlatform-based smart card implementations worldwide and 110 million GlobalPlatform cards in global circulation. These figures are estimated to rise to 60 and 150 million, respectively, by the end of 2007. Additionally, there are 1.2 billion GlobalPlatform GSM implementations worldwide.
GlobalPlatform is an independent, not-for-profit organization and its strategy is defined and prioritized by a Board of Directors. GlobalPlatform is currently chaired by Robert E. Beer, Vice President Business Development, Datacard Group, and vice-chaired by Marc Kekicheff, Vice President Product Technology, Visa International. Didier Begay, Prospective Manager, Corporate Directorate for Security at France Telecom is GlobalPlatform’s Treasurer and Kevin Gillick serves the membership on a full-time basis as its Executive Director.