Oberthur signs Mifare NFC licensing deal

NXP Semiconductors and Oberthur Technologies have announced a licensing agreement for NXP’s Mifare contactless card technology, enabling Oberthur to integrate Mifare transport ticketing and other applications into its NFC SIM cards.

Under the agreement, Oberthur will expand its existing NFC SIM product portfolio to include both Mifare DESFire and Mifare Plus technology. “This will lead to increased availability of UICC cards incorporating Mifare technology, allowing mobile operators and service providers to broaden their offerings in mobile contactless services,” say the two companies.

“We are pleased to add Mifare DESFire and Mifare Plus technology to our existing portfolio,” says Oberthur’s Cédric Collomb. “This new application will contribute to provide appropriate answers to customers’ need in the field of transport, access management, loyalty and payment.”

NXP’s Henri Ardevol added that the deal underscored the importance of Mifare. “With this agreement we bring the convenience of Mifare technology to even more consumers with Oberthur Technologies’ strong position in SIM markets,” he said. “This significant expansion of the Mifare licensing program further underscores the importance of Mifare as an open architecture platform for end-to-end solutions encompassing both smart cards and smart devices such as NFC equipped mobile phones.”

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