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 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.

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