Monthly Archives: March 2016

Joint statement


About nine months ago, the NFC Forum, GSMA, CEN TC278 WG3 and stakeholders of the global Public Transport Industry announced an alliance that targets interoperability between the NFC mobile devices’ contactless interface and globally relevant Public transport readers and media.
At their last meeting on 28th of January the group concluded that the development work has now been completed. The alliance agreed on technical interoperability solutions that will ensure that NFC mobile devices will support contactless communications with all relevant system infrastructures and use cases of the global PT sector. Generic NFC mobile devices which are designed, tested and certified according to NFC Forum specifications can be used as a platform for fare media and card reader systems according to ISO/IEC14443, ISO/IEC18092 (FeliCa) and with NFC-tags. These solutions allow coexistence with EMVCo L1 specifications and testing on the same NFC mobile device.
These developments pave the way for a global general introduction of NFC-enabled mob

ile services, something that thousands of public transport operators have been waiting for, for more than a decade. Starting today, they can also build on the potential for hundreds of millions of users of contactless fare media.

Next steps:
The agreed interoperability solutions will be introduced into the NFC Forum’s specifications for design and testing of NFC mobile devices. These specifications will be referenced by GSMA and proposed to be included in the GCF device certification scheme to ensure globally-certified mobile devices. By the second quarter 2017, large numbers of globally interoperable NFC handsets should have arrived in most stores.
In parallel, the Public Transport industry will make sure that their readers and cards match the new specifications for NFC handsets. Major players, including JR East, the Smart Ticketing Alliance and APTA, contributed to defining a matching testing and certification plan for Public Transport components.

Brussels 23rd of March 2016

STA Use Cases from Back Office to SE

The document STA – Use Cases from Back Office to SE 20160309 is intended to describe, from the perspective of the communication between the back office and the Secure Element (SE) contained within a mobile device, the use cases that will be employed in managing the (data that is sent to the) Secure Element for generic Public Transport (PT) applications.

It will inform discussion so that the GlobalPlatform End to End (E2E) Simplified Service Management Framework {See GlobalPlatform’s website} can be updated to include Public Transport as one of the vertical segments. (Currently the GlobalPlatform document only has one vertical segment: Payment.) This document is produced on behalf of the STA as input to the process and it is therefore PT centric in its descriptions. The GlobalPlatform work will involve taking the use cases and describing in much more detail the actions needed by each of the actors involved in the process of Service Management. Many of the use cases described in this document will be applicable in other segments and may already exist in the GlobalPlatform documentation Payment vertical – but the specifics at the more detailed level may differ from Payment.

This document is concerned with the End to End processes whereby data is downloaded Over The Air (or possibly Over The Internet) from the Back Office (via Trusted Service Manager) systems to the SE. It does not therefore describe the use of the NFC interface when in Card Emulation Mode (CEM) and is being used as a Contactless Smart Card, since these actions are not of concern to Mobile Telephony. The actions and use cases that use the NFC interface are described in the documentation Use Cases NFC Mobile Devices in Public Transport