FIME, the consulting and integration testing services firm for near field communication (NFC) solutions, has been authorised by the Isis mobile financial services joint venture to certify Isis products, including mobile handsets and the secure elements.
The Isis jv, which has been struggling to broaden its appeal and sign up enough retail, card and payment processor partners to attain a wide enough ecosystem in the US, comprises of AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless. It is attempting to bring together merchants, banks, payment systems and mobile network operators (MNOs), which have provided the impetus behind the launch, to create a secure and effective NFC environment to deliver mobile financial services in the US, covering payments, loyalty schemes and so forth.
Isis is being promoted as a means of providing consumers with a convenient and quick way to pay for goods and access value-added mobile services, such as geo-location ‘bonus points’ or special offers, via the use of NFC-enabled mobile phones. Mobile contactless payments (MCP) is also a possibility at the Point-of-Sale (PoS). The long incubated project is expected to roll out further in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, in the US shortly.
FIME said that its North American laboratory is the first to achieve the Isis qualification, which will standardise the technology throughout the Isis ecosystem to ensure that it meets functional, security and industry regulations. The laboratory will work with device manufacturers to perform evaluations of Isis products, attain the necessary certification and guarantee quicker time to market for vendors.
“Interoperability and standardisation between NFC devices is crucial for the successful deployment of any NFC ecosystem,” said Vincent Poty, FIME’s head of strategy and corporate development. “The fact that FIME’s North America laboratory can provide the necessary testing and certification, means products can be confidently brought to market and form part of a trusted mobile commerce infrastructure.”
By Neil Ainger