Gemalto NFC technology to serve 76pc of US wireless market

12 Dec 2011

SIM and smart card giant Gemalto has secured a deal with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon’s NFC joint venture Isis, in a move that will see it support up to 76pc of the US wireless market.

NFC (near field communication) has the potential to transform how consumers shop.

Isis, which will rival Google’s Wallet service, will be deployed at retail outlets, such as restaurants, movie theatres and drug stores.

Consumers will be able to securely pay, present loyalty cards, and redeem coupons all with a tap of their phones.

“Using our extensive experience with worldwide commercial deployments, Gemalto has designed a solution for Isis to support mobile payment and a host of NFC services, like digital couponing and loyalty programmes, access control and mass transit,” Sébastien Cano, senior vice-president, Gemalto North America, explained.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years