SmartTrust has announced its membership to smart card
international specifications body, GlobalPlatform. As a leading provider
in mobile device management and SIM based services for mobile operators,
SmartTrust is committed to developing and promoting interoperable
specifications for the entire smart card infrastructure – a stance that
is reflected in its decision to join GlobalPlatform.
As a Participating Member of GlobalPlatform, SmartTrust will actively
contribute to the technical activities of GlobalPlatform’s Systems
Committee. Additionally, the company will participate in the Advisory
Council which helps to align technical and market requirements with the
strategy and technology developments of GlobalPlatform’s working groups.
Through its GlobalPlatform membership, SmartTrust will be in a position
to combine its technical expertise for building comprehensive mobile
operator management solutions with an increased awareness on the
importance of systems interoperability, allowing it to educate the
mobile communications market on the long-term effectiveness and
technology investment protection GlobalPlatform Specifications provide.
Magnus MalmstrÃÂÃÂ¶m, Vice President of Product Management at SmartTrust,
comments: “As a supplier of mobile device management products, including
SIM Over-The-Air (OTA) technology, SmartTrust regards GlobalPlatform
technical activity crucial for the evolution of a secure, scalable and
interoperable OTA infrastructure. Our membership allows us to share our
knowledge and provide invaluable contributions to the development of
global standards that, for instance, can support proximity payments.”
Bob Beer, GlobalPlatform Chairman, adds: “Following the announcement of
GlobalPlatform’s increased focus on the mobile industry, via the recent
launch of the Mobile Task Force, we are delighted to welcome SmartTrust
to participate and contribute to GlobalPlatform’s technical advances and
business strategy. Additionally, SmartTrust’s sector knowledge,
technical awareness and market reputation will re-emphasize the
important role GlobalPlatform technology plays within the mobile
Nearly 200 mobile networks around the world rely on SmartTrust to better
manage subscribers, their handsets and access to mobile services.
Combining a carrier-grade over the air (OTA) platform with fully
scalable repositories of subscriber and device knowledge, the company
allows mobile operators to build comprehensive solutions that meet the
unique business challenges of today’s mobile markets.
This includes SmartManageÃÂ¢ÃÂ¢: a comprehensive portfolio of Mobile Device
Management technologies that covers initial configuration through to the
continued support and servicing of handsets; and SmartÃÂÃÂ LaCarteÃÂ¢ÃÂ¢: an
immediate and configurable SIM-menu platform that can be used to launch
value-added services independent of the underlying handset technology.
With more than a decade of experience in the mobile communications
industry, customers include Vodafone, O2 UK, Telenor, Sonofon, Cosmote,
MTN, T-Mobile, Cingular Wireless, Brasil Telecom GSM, Claro, Bharti
Airtel, Cellular, SMART Communications, M1 and Indosat.
The company is headquartered in Sweden with a regional presence in
Finland, UK Germany, Italy, Malaysia, India, China, Hong Kong, Brazil
and the United States. SmartTrust is privately held and its investors
include The Carlyle Group, Eqvitec Partners, GE Equity and TeliaSonera.
GlobalPlatform is a member driven organization with world-wide
cross-industry representation. GlobalPlatform is the leading,
international association, focused on establishing and maintaining
interoperable specifications for single and multi-application smart
cards, acceptance devices and systems infrastructure that deliver
benefits to issuers, service providers and technology suppliers.
These specifications are known as /the /standard for smart card
infrastructure, thanks to their balance of technical superiority and
GlobalPlatform specifications are freely available and have been adopted
in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas by many public and private
bodies. As of December 2006, there were over 40 known
GlobalPlatform-based smart card implementations worldwide and 110
million GlobalPlatform cards in global circulation. These figures are
estimated to rise to 60 and 150 million, respectively, by the end of
2007. Additionally, there are 1.2 billion GlobalPlatform GSM
GlobalPlatform is an independent, not-for-profit organization and its
strategy is defined and prioritized by a Board of Directors.
GlobalPlatform is currently chaired by Robert E. Beer, Vice President
Business Development, Datacard Group, and vice-chaired by Marc
Kekicheff, Vice President Product Technology, Visa International. Didier
Begay, Prospective Manager, Corporate Directorate for Security at France
Telecom is GlobalPlatform’s Treasurer and Kevin Gillick serves the
membership on a full-time basis as its Executive Director.