Rogers Communications Selects Gemalto to Secure Mobile NFC Payment Solutions
Mobile payments on Rogers NFC-enabled devices to be protected by Gemalto's
SIM-based software security
AMSTERDAM and TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications (TSX: RCI.A
and RCI.B) and Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) announced today that mobile
payment solutions currently in pilot testing and coming to market this year on
Rogers NFC-enabled devices will be secured by digital security technology from
Gemalto. Rogers will deploy the Upteq NFC, Gemalto's EMV-ready, high-end
SIM-UICC solution, to store and secure consumers' credentials and card data
required to make payments with NFC-enabled mobile devices.
"It's essential that consumers have peace of mind when it comes to storing
payment cards on their mobile device and using it to make credit and debit
transactions on the go," said David Robinson, Vice-President, Emerging
Business, Rogers Communications. "Working with Gemalto allows us to protect
the consumer's information by leveraging the SIM card, assuring a secure and
seamless experience for mobile payments."
Rogers is deploying the UpTeq NFC to secure payment credentials stored on the
high-end SIM for new mobile payment services that are expected to launch in
Canada later this year, and will leverage the card's onboarding flexibility
for the future addition of tap-and-go services including coupon redemption,
loyalty programs, transit, and other digital identification. The UpTeq NFC
secure device, which has an identical form factor as a conventional SIM, is
part of Gemalto's UpTeq LTE offer, and fully compliant over LTE networks.
The payment services that Rogers expects to deliver to banks will fully comply
with EMV, the global standard for secure credit and debit card transactions
based on microprocessor chip technology that protects information needed for
secure payments. The software application and the UpTeq NFC device have both
successfully achieved the compliance assessment and security testing
certification in accordance with MasterCard and Visa's highest security
"Gemalto has the global experience and capabilities, deploying and having
deployed more than 50 mobile NFC projects worldwide. The company has a long
history of being entrusted by thousands of banks and mobile operators around
the world to provide best-in-class solutions for digital security" said
Sébastien Cano, senior vice president of Telecommunications at Gemalto North
America. "We have worked closely with Rogers to develop a highly scalable and
secure solution for mobile payment that leverages the SIM as our industry's
most cost-effective security ingredient - Rogers is leading the way for the
future of mobile payments."
Canada has been on the forefront of global payments technology and as a
result, tens of thousands of Canadian retailers are already equipped with
contactless point-of-sale (POS) terminals that today accept contactless
banking cards and are hence capable of supporting the mobile payment solutions
on NFC-enabled devices - among them fast food outlets, gasoline stations,
grocery and convenience stores and coffee shops.
Editor's note on contactless and NFC
NFC stands for Near Field Communication, a radio-communication protocol
designed for consumer devices to communicate directly with one another at very
Extending the ability of the contactless card technology, NFC is backward
compatible with the existing contactless standards and infrastructure, which
supports payment brand applications such as MasterCard PayPass, Visa PayWave,
DiscoverZip or American Express ExpressPay. As a result, NFC handsets in card
emulation mode can be used to perform secure contactless payment transactions.
With the emergence of mobile NFC services, payment terminals are enhanced with
additional applications such as ticketing, mobile coupon redemption,
information access from smart posters or access control systems with a simple
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security
with 2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 10,000 employees
operating out of 74 offices and 14 Research & Development centers, located in
We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of
people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop,
bank, entertain and work - anytime, everywhere - in ways that are enjoyable
and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile
services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy
protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and
dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.
Gemalto develops secure embedded software and secure products which we design
and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these secure products, the
confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services they enable.
Our innovations offer more ways for our clients to enhance the convenience and
security of people's digital lives.
Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to
interact with the digital and wireless world.
For more information visit www.gemalto.com, www.justaskgemalto.com,
blog.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.
About Rogers Communications
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable
television, high speed internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media
we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping,
magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We
are publicly traded on theTorontoStock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and
on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the
Rogers group of companies, please visitrogers.com
Allison Fitton, Rogers Communications 416-935-8860,
Gemalto Media Contacts: Nicole Smith North America +1512758 8921
firstname.lastname@example.org Kristel Teyras Europe, Middle East & Africa +33 1
55 01 57 89 email@example.com Ernesto Haikewitsch Latin America +55
11 51 05 92 20 firstname.lastname@example.org Yvonne Lim Asia Pacific +65
6317 3730 email@example.com
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