BlackBerry Ltd, formally known as Research in Motion Limited, is a Canadian telecommunication and wireless equipment company. The company has been a leader in delivering innovative mobile technology worldwide since being founded in 1984.
BlackBerry was in need of a neutral provider to manage the security solution for near field communication (NFC) mobile payments. The company needed a system that could manage complex and large-scale infrastructural requirements. The software would be required to sustain high volumes and high throughput for global multi-application real time token management solutions.
The Rambus Trusted Service Manager software, recently acquired from Bell ID, was selected by BlackBerry, as the basis for their Secure Element Manager (SEM) solution for NFC payments. The solution allows over-the-air lifecycle management of applications and any secure elements on NFC devices. The software platform allows multiple stakeholders to manage the information and the security required to make mobile payment services possible. In addition, the software platform is vendor independent and follows global industry standards to ensure interoperability between BlackBerry and their choice of other TSMs and third party services.
In October 2012, BlackBerry was selected to provide a TSM platform to Enstream, which is a Canadian Joint Venture owned equally by Canada’s three largest mobile network operators. The TSM platform will provide over-the-air lifecycle management of Secure Elements on any NFC smartphone whether it is running BlackBerry OS, Android or any other operating system. The basis for the platform is the Rambus Trusted Service Manager software and a collaboration that leverages BlackBerry global operations and data centers with Rambus’s software expertise. This solution gave Enstream a best-of-breed and fully managed solution. Since Canada is poised to become the world leader in NFC payments, this is a resounding confirmation of Rambus’s capabilities.