Finally it's done Amendment C will be published
By Sebastian Hans on Feb 15, 2010
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.