SD Association Developing Secure Standard

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Paris - The SD Association (SDA) today announced a new collaboration with GlobalPlatform to include smart-chip technology in SD standards to enable mobile phones and other portable CE devices to provide authentication services with SD memory cards.

SDA said standardized authentication services on SD and MicroSD memory cards "would transform consumers' mobile phones and CE devices into electronic wallets carrying cashless currency and paperless identification for use in making everyday purchases such as groceries or train tickets, or in receiving customized subscription services like mobile television."

The new standard would provide consumers with greater security than Cloud-based solutions, the association said, since smart-chip-enabled SD memory cards would only be active in an authorized device.

"SD standards are proven to drive new applications in consumer electronics. The association's strategy is to leverage SD standards to create opportunities in new markets, clearing market hurdles of price, size limitations and security, and enabling new technologies, " said Norm Frentz, SD Association president. "Collaborating with GlobalPlatform complements and accelerates our plans to support near-field technology and gives device manufacturers and anyone providing content or service to consumers the turnkey to mass market mobile commerce and smart IDs."

Joseph Unsworth, research director with Gartner, said, "Using the SD interface, with its ubiquitous presence of MicroSD memory cards and SD-slotted devices, gives manufacturers, service providers and consumers of smart cards and smart card applications considerable momentum. Service and content providers, as well as CE manufacturers, could use the SD interface to offer new value-added services that are standardized and secure and use near-field communications to authenticate transactions and identity. SD standards are already supported in at least 80 percent of all mobile phones with removable memory to enrich mobile phone features and services.

The SDA and GlobalPlatform both said they are committed to a spec that is backward-compatible with SD-enabled devices.

In a statement, the association listed a number of business scenarios that would be enabled by a secure SD standard, including:

•Mobile commerce. Consumers will use CE devices equipped with smart MicroSD cards as cashless currency, authorizing secure financial transfers to buy everything from groceries to subway fare and restaurant meals.

•Customized services. Content and service providers can customize features, offers and rewards automatically, eliminating manual entry of customer identifiers such as account or rewards card numbers. Car navigation services could provide customized concierge services including special pricing, reservations, coupons and other offers from locations near the car or at the destination. Airlines could automatically review customer accounts for upgrade and other frequent flier rewards

•Secure access/Personal ID.  Integrating smart SD memory cards into mobile devices makes ID and access solutions flexible and customizable to suit multiple applications.

•Secure voice.  Smart MicroSD cards can support hardware encrypted voice services, a proven security method used by potential new markets for SD standards, including government, emergency services and corporations.

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