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FIME and 7Layers Simplify NFC Certification

NFC handset manufacturers can draw on combined telecom andNFC transactions expertise.

7Layers and FIME today announce the signing of a partnership and the launch of a comprehensive testing and certification offering for the near field communication (NFC) enabled handset market. The collaboration provides consultancy, test tools, certification and laboratory services. It covers the full range of standards that devices must comply with before secure NFC services like mobile payments can be deployed.

7Layers offers expertise, test systems, as well as test and certification services, for a large variety of wireless specifications including schemes such as Global Certification Forum (GCF), PTCRB, Bluetooth® etc.; while FIME covers GCF, GSMA, GlobalPlatform®, EMVCo and the global payment schemes.

“Collaboration is the key to the success of any technology,” comments Stephanie El Rhomri, NFC & Payment Business Line Manager at FIME. “By working together with 7Layers, we can test any NFC mobile handset to any of the required specifications; a proposition that is unique in the market. With two out of every three smartphones set to feature NFC by 2018*, the ability to confirm that they work as intended, interoperate with the market and are compliant is essential. FIME has worked with NFC and payments for many years, and is delighted to combine our expertise with 7Layers’ experience to support the development of all NFC-related handset capabilities prior to launch.”

Thomas Jaeger, Director of Global Business Development at 7Layers, adds: “With 85% of all global payment transactions still based on cash or check, digital payment has the potential to become a growing trend. The 7Layers group is proud of working closely together with FIME, a global leader in digital payment service assessments. 7Layers achieved leadership in cellular device certification and adding Smart Services test, in addition to certification capabilities, fits perfectly with our global strategy.”

It is mandatory for NFC devices to be compliant to the GSMA NFC Handset Test Book PRD TS27, as referenced by GCF. Additionally, for the launch of mobile contactless payment services, devices need to be validated against a range of payment specifications.

For further information on how this partnership can benefit your device and payment services approval process, please contact FIME and 7Layers. Both companies also offer test tools that cover both network dependent and network independent NFC test requirements for device and service pre-certification and formal approval.

*IHS Technology, 2014
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