FIME, the consulting and integration testing services for near field communication (NFC) solutions, has been authorised by Isis to certify Isis products, including mobile handsets and secure elements. Isis is a joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless that brings together merchants, banks, payment systems and mobile network operators to create a secure and effective NFC environment to deliver mobile services in the US.
Isis is being promoted as a means of providing consumers with a convenient and quick way to pay for goods and access value-added mobile services, through the use of NFC-enabled mobile phones. The project is expected to roll out in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah.
FIME said that its North American laboratory is the first to achieve this qualification, which will standardise the technology throughout the Isis ecosystem to ensure that it meets functional, security and industry regulations. The laboratory will work with device manufacturers to perform evaluations of Isis products, attain the necessary certification and guarantee quicker time to market for vendors.
“Interoperability and standardisation between NFC devices is crucial for the successful deployment of any NFC ecosystem,” said Vincent Poty, FIME’s head of strategy and corporate development. “The fact that FIME’s North America laboratory can provide the necessary testing and certification, means products can be confidently brought to market and form part of a trusted mobile commerce infrastructure.”
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