LEGIC credential via mobile network

LEGIC credential via mobile network

Zurich, October 7th 2008–At SECURITY 2008 in Essen/Germany, LEGIC Identsystems Ltd, leading provider of contactless smart card technology for personal identification, showcases a novelty on the world market, securely transferring a virtual LEGIC multi-application card via mobile network on an NFC mobile phone. With this innovation, LEGIC demonstrates an important further development of its proven card-in-card solutions. The LEGIC Partner Giesecke & Devrient assures the secure storage of the applications on the NFC-enabled SIM card ProxSIM.

LEGIC card-in-card solutions already allow the integration of LEGIC advant multi-applications into smart cards provided by third parties–such as contactless dual interface chip cards. In future, the further development of this technology also enables NFC mobile phones from afar, to serve as a payment medium or as an identification credential–for business and leisure industry.

The possibility to transfer LEGIC multi-applications “over-the-air” (OTA) on the SIM card of an NFC mobile phone, generates new applications in the field of access control, e-payment or guest management. Venyon, a joint venture of Giesecke & Devrient and Nokia, is a leading provider of such OTA services.

An immediate authorisation to get access to a building or, for example, the spontaneous purchase of a cinema ticket via mobile phone, increases flexibility and convenience for end users and providers. Hence, the innovation represents an important milestone in the field of contactless smart card technology. After the successful introduction of LEGIC card-in-card solutions, the company again strengthen its position as an innovation leader.

LEGIC advant multi-applications can be securely stored and run at ProxSIM, the NFC-enabled SIM card product line by G&D.

Urs Andrin Lampe, Vice President Product Marketing & New Business of LEGIC, is convinced of the potentials of this innovation: “The possibility to activate an NFC mobile phone for LEGIC multi-applications via a mobile network represents a new dimension of contactless smart card systems in terms of flexibility and usability. In the future, this will allow new service concepts. From afar, access can be granted quickly and flexibly for temporary or mobile employees as well as for guests of leisure facilities. In the future, city cards with ticket functions and annual tickets for civic baths may be found on the mobile phone instead of the wallet.”

At SECURITY, LEGIC presents a demo version of the LEGIC over-the-air activation of NFC mobile phones.

About LEGIC Identsystems Ltd

LEGIC Identsystems Ltd, with headquarters in Switzerland, is the world leader in the design and manufacture of 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology. The LEGIC product portfolio includes highly integrated LEGIC RF Standard, ISO 15693 and ISO 14443 compliant read/write chip sets, security modules and transponder chips.

LEGIC Identsystems currently works with over 200 external co-operation partners world-wide who offer compatible LEGIC all-in-one-card applications including access control, e-payment, parking, e-ticketing and other multiapplications. More than 1 million readers and over 70 million credentials are successfully integrated in more than 50,000 work and leisure places worldwide. LEGIC is a leading member of the NFC forum.

About LEGIC® card-in-card solutions

LEGIC card-in-card solutions combine smart card micro-controllers with physical access related multi-applications on one single smart card chip. The core element is the LEGIC all-in-one area which is a multi-application space. The LEGIC all-in- one area runs on contactless smart cards and NFC mobile phones provided by third parties.

About G&D

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a technology leader in the field of smart cards, providing smart-card based solutions for telecommunications, electronic payment, healthcare, ID, transportation, and IT security (PKI). G&D is also a leading producer of banknotes and security documents and is dominant in the field of currency automation. Based in Munich, Germany, the G&D Group operates subsidiaries and joint ventures around the world. In fiscal 2007, the Group employed close to 9,000 people and generated revenues of over €1.5 billion. Please find further information on http://www.gi-de.com.