Monday Nov 22, 2010

GSMA starts a new initiative to develop an embedded SIM

Here you can find a press release from the GSMA about their new initiate about a embedded SIM card. Most people think the recent rumours about the collaboration between Gemalto And Applet about embedded SIM is behind this. Subscription management is something that was under discussion now for some years especially in the M2M area, there is a 3GPP SA3 TR about subscriptions management for M2M devices. I think it is good that the carriers take here the initiate and get their act together. The interesting question will be how, when and where will this be trickle down into the standards organizations.

all 3GPP specs are referencing Java Card 3.0.1 Classic

After the approval of the HCI API in ETSI SCP in June 2010 and the upgrade of all specs that are referencing Java Card to reference Java Card 3.0.1 Classic the 3GPP CT6 groups has alos agreed to upgrade the references to the same level. Now these spec will go for approval to the next CT plenary.

Sunday Jul 18, 2010

Contactless API for Java Card(TM) for the UICC platform approved by ETSI SCP

So finally after several month of discussion and a lot of coordination with the GlobalPlatform group ETSI SCP finally approved the contactless API for the "Java Card(TM) Platform". The standard has the number TS 102 705 and is referencing Java Card 3.0.1 Classic.

The new standard is using the recently published Amendment C from GlobalPlatform for the management of Applets that communicate via the HCI protocol with an NFC modem. The API supports beyond the CardEmulation mode, Applets in Reader mode and the so called Connectivity mode, this enables the Applet to issue events to the mobile phone to initiate some user interaction via toolkit or other means.

 This API together with the Java Card 3.0.1 Classic platform and Amendment C allows to develop, deploy and manage Applets that makes full use of the features offered by a SIM/UICC card running in a mobile phone with an NFC modem that is connected to the SIM via the SWP/HCI protocol stack. Together with the existing Toolkit API in TS 102 241 and the Smart Card Webserver API in TS 102 583 it is possible to provide secure contactless Applets that make use of the user interaction and network capabilities fo the mobile phone.

Monday May 03, 2010

European project IFM select Java Card as interop platform

A European Project for interoberable Fare Management (IFP) has selectec Java Card and GlobalPlatform as the platform for the interoperable media. Basically as the platform for the token to purchase and buy tickets for public transport.

A SIM card with it's onw WLAN interface

Telenor, a mobile operators from Norway, is working since several years on the integration of an WLAN interface on the SIM chip. We have made some demos with them based on this technology and Java Card 3 Connected during last Java ONE 2009. Here are some links to their project.

Wednesday Apr 14, 2010

GlobalPlatform works on IP connectivity for smartcards

In HongKong GlobalPlatform decided to work on a the aspects of IP integration of smartcards. ETSI has already worked on this for and has come up with a solution for the local connectivity between SIM card and mobile terminal, but GP should work on a more generic approach. The goal is to reuse as much as possible what is already available for the integration of embedded devices into IP infrastructures, e.g. the work of the zeroconf group in IETF.

Thursday Apr 08, 2010

A new blog about smartcards

There is a new blog about smartcards from Ludovic Rousseau the original author of PC/SC lite. You can find it here "Ludovic Rousseau blog".

Monday Feb 15, 2010

Finally it's done Amendment C will be published

After long time (more then a year I think) GP will finally publish "GlobalPlatform Card Contactless Services Card Specification v 2.2 - Amendment C1.0" a spec that describes how to deploy and manage contactless card application and their configuration parameters for different types of RF technologies on one card platform. The development of this spec was triggered by the development of the NFC specs that build an umbrella specification for the different contactless technologies in the smart card world. In the near future, most likely phones  with NFC chips will be displayed this week at the MWC (mobiel world congress) in Barcelona, NFC chips will support several different contactless technologies, so far a contactless cards supported only one technology (and most of them are single application cards). So in the next generation of phones where the NFC modem is connected to a secure chip (like a SIM card) it is necessary to manage all the different settings and configuration parameters for the different contactless applications and that's the role of the Amendment C. One of the biggest headaches in developing Amendment C was also to take support all the existing legacy applications and infrastructures out there. Let's see how this works out.

Monday Nov 16, 2009

Steak Frites@Cartes

It is November and that means that the smart card world is meeting in Paris for the Cartes. The techies guys will meet during a range of GlobalPlatform meetings. The highlight during the all member meeting of GlobalPlatform will be the key note from James Gosling.

Saturday Nov 07, 2009

NFC services on the SIM, it's coming together

For several years now contactless or NFC services are a big buzz word among mobile operators. Putting contactless card applications in the secure and managed SIM card in a mobile phone has several advantages.

  • The mobile phone can provide a nice User Interface

  • Applications in the SIM card and in the terminal can communicate with each other, on a Java ME enabled phone this can be done via JSR 177

  • The application in the card can be managed over the air, a technology widely used by carriers these days

  • The SIM card and/or the terminal can communicate via the mobile network in a secure with a back-end infrastructure of a service provider.

However contactless services need an infrastructure and have to live in a world that has already deployed contactless cards and applications for years. So backward compatibility is the word that pops up here. Therefor it is necessary to develop a range of standards before these services can be deployed in a larger scale or even companies invest the money to develop the necessary devices and infrastructure.

Several standardization or industry organizations have worked over the last few years together to enable the SIM card as platform for these services :

  • ETSI has developed the physical and logical link between the SIM card and the NFC modem in the terminal. These standards are called Single Wire Protocol (TS 102 613) and Host Controller Interface (TS 102 622).

  • The respective test specifications for these protocols are in TS 102 694 and TS 102 695

  • ETSI is also working on a dedicated Java Card(TM) API for the HCI protocol in TS 102 705

  • In order to manage several contactless applications in the card, e.g. several payment applications, GlobalPlatform has developed “Amendment C for GP spec 2.2” this spec is available for public review

  • EMVco is working on a specifications that defines how payment applications can be developed and deployed on a cards that support the previous standards and specifications

Tuesday Oct 27, 2009

Java Card Platform at Project Kenai

Java Card is present on Kenai with a links to all sorts of content.

Saturday Sep 19, 2009

PlaySIM project has it's own website on

The PlaySIM project has it's own website on the website. At the moment we are in the process of soving some organisational issues, but we hope to proceed with the project in the next few weeks. There are several discussion going on to use PlaySIM as a development platform n research projects, so we hope that we can post much more updates in the vomming weeks and month.

Java Card on Kenai

We started a developer website for Java Card on Project Kenai, the Java Card project can be found here.

Friday Sep 04, 2009

Project PlaySIM on youtube

Here is a video of our presentation about the PlaySIM project at Google.

Saturday May 30, 2009

PlaySIM project a Java Card 3.0 implementation for the SunSPOT

Here is a first video where you can see project PlaySIM in actin at the Telenor office in Norway. PlaySIM is a joint project between Sun and Telenor and brings a Java Card 3.0 implementatin to the SunSPOT.

Everything about Java Card, SIM cards and GlobalPlatform.


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