The TIM mobile network operator (MNO) in Brazil is teaming up with local bank Banco Itaú and security and processing specialist Gemalto to launch Brazil’s first near field communication (NFC) payments pilot.
Gemalto says that its UpTeq NFC subscriber identity module (SIM) and Allynis Trusted Services Management (TSM) processing platform will be key to the project.
MNO, TIM Brasil, which has 70m subscribers in the country, and Banco Itaú, will bring the customers and the financial services expertise to the NFC payments pilot. The bank will use the security group’s technology to turn smartphones into convenient mobile payment solutions that can process secure, on-the-go transactions by waving the handset close to a contactless payment terminal. Gemalto’s TSM platform will handle the security and management of NFC services across Brazil.
As the pilot programme expands across the country throughout this year, the mobile payments rollout will allow secure, over-the-air (OTA) installation of a wide range of NFC services on mobile devices, enabling apps for public transportation, in-store purchases and so forth.
“The pilot in Brazil is an extension of more than 50 successful global deployments of Gemalto’s NFC technology and this is only the beginning in Latin America,” said Eric Megret-Dorne, senior vice president (SVP) of secure transactions at Gemalto Latin America, referencing the firm’s large-scale NFC centred in Nice, France, and other European projects. “The collaboration with strong market leaders such as TIM Brasil and Banco Itaú is a major step forward in rolling out NFC services to the masses in Brazil.”
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