Bell ID, the leader in the field of card/contactless/mobile and application lifecycle management and TrustNorway, the leader in Near Field Communication (NFC) services for mobile payments, loyalty and marketing applications in the Nordic/Baltic region, announce a global, technical and commercial partnership to provide integrated Trusted Service Manager (TSM) mobile solutions for NFC handsets.
The combined offering enables organizations to take advantage of their existing infrastructure and extend them to provide NFC/TSM mobile solutions to their customers. Through this partnership, mobile network operators, financial institutions and third party processors now have a range of new and cost effective alternatives to implement NFC TSM solutions, without finding it necessary to outsource all of the TSM infrastructure to an existing personalization bureau or chip manufacturer.
The joint solution takes advantage of Bell ID’s market proven high volume secure element, over the air (OTA), application lifecycle and key management systems. In combination with mWallet software from TrustNorway, it will provide a complete TSM solution for NFC handsets. Through the mWallet 1.0 offering, a feature rich solution provides institutions with perfect value-added services such as merchants’ loyalty, gift and prepaid solutions with automatic redemption. Consumers can also request electronic coupons and discount offers, store them in their mWallets, and electronically redeem them at the time of purchase.
“The collaboration between TrustNorway and Bell ID is all about bringing the mobile NFC solution delivery to a mass-market position,” said Pat Curran, Executive Chairman of Bell ID. “We are pleased to integrate and be partnered with TrustNorway, the leading TSM provider for NFC TSM technologies in Northern Europe. TrustNorway’s approach as a neutral independent player in the NFC ecosystem, will prove invaluable to institutions working with us to deploy and support NFC deployment into the mass market, not only for finance but for merchants, transit/transport, identity and other sectors.”
“By combining OTA card provisioning and mWallet software with Bell ID’s well-proven card and application lifecycle management systems, we are confident the move to mainstream NFC deployment will progress smoothly,” said Lars Sandtorv, CEO of TrustNorway. “TrustNorway will develop a mWallet 2.0 to enable institutions to conduct mass rollout while keeping a high degree of control over their customers’ data and NFC mobile solutions in a secure and private way. The new mWallet 2.0, scheduled for Q1-2013 will cater to new functionality within identity management, such as access control and identity authentication. Other new areas of focus will be ticketing control, access control and parking.”