Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today
announced it will provide its Trusted Services Management (TSM) service to
support the launch of Near-Field Communication (NFC) applications in Thailand.
The service is the first pan-Asian deployment for Gemalto`s certified TSM center
in Taiwan. This pioneering project has Gemalto partnering with KASIKORNBANK, the
country`s second largest bank, and with Advanced Info Services (AIS), the
nation`s largest telecommunications operator.
Mobile NFC opens up an entire new dimension in digital freedom for Thai
consumers, transforming their mobile phones into contactless devices for
touch-and-go applications, such as payment at retail outlet partners. Since
starting in July 2010, selected customers simply collect their phone from
KASIKORNBANK to enjoy mobile NFC services.
Gemalto is entrusted with the management and preparation of sensitive user
information from KASIKORNBANK to operate secure over-the-air (OTA)
personalization services that enable mobile subscribers to gain access to NFC
payments and AIS services.
“With the ubiquitous nature of mobile phones, we are always looking for
innovations to improve our offerings to our customers,” commented Mr. Suvit
Arayawilaipong, Vice President Product & Service Development, Advanced Info
Service Plc. “This is the first OTA provisioning service that is offered from
outside the country. It allows NFC to be deployed in Thailand smoothly and
securely. With Gemalto we are working with a partner that we can trust.”
Mr. Art Wichiencharoen, Senior VP of Retail and SME e-Business, KASIKORNBANK,
added: “Leveraging Gemalto`s experience, we are able to make NFC payment easy to
use. We have a simple user interface on the phone that guides a user to some 40
retail outlets where they can immediately perform mobile NFC payments like for
food, entertainment and grocery shopping. They will appreciate this fast and
fuss-free new means of payment.”
“With KASIKORNBANK and AIS we are able to bring the convenience of mobile NFC
sooner and in a secure manner to Thai consumers,” stated Mr Tan Teck-Lee,
President, Gemalto Asia. “Gemalto`s TSM services are designed to be implemented
securely across national borders and this will help countries to overcome local
barriers to NFC implementations.Gemalto is clearly the partner of choice, having
the most extensive experience in NFC launches and numerous pilot programs active
across the world.”
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security
with 2009 annual revenues of €1.65 billion, and over 10,000 employees operating
out of 75 offices, with research and service centers in 41 countries.
Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to
communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work-anytime, anywhere-has
become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are
convenient, enjoyable and secure.
Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for
mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health
and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by
supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range
of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM),
Universal Integrated Circuit Cards (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards,
smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online
identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems
and services to help our customers achieve their goals.
As the use of Gemalto`s software and secure devices increases with the number of
people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to
thrive over the coming years.
For more information please visit www.gemalto.com.
Gemalto Media Contacts:
Yvonne Lim, +65 6317 3730
Europe, Middle East & Africa
Jane Strachey, +33 4 42 36 46 61
Ramzi Abdine, +55 11 5105 7659
Ray Wizbowski, +1-512-257-3950
Kenny Yap, +65 6325 4606
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