Gemalto, a leader in digital security, and SIA, an international payments processor for banks, corporate and Public Administration bodies, are joining forces to support rapid deployment of NFC services throughout Italy.
Gemalto and SIA team up for the first national TSM infrastructure in Europe that can be utilised by all of the market’s key stakeholders, accessible to the country’s largest mobile network operators and leading banks.
Currently being piloted in preparation of a full commercial launch in mid-2013, SIA has already secured the support of primary Italian telecom operators and banks to provide NFC services through its central hub that enables contactless payment transactions.
It will offer the benefits of the Allynis Trusted Service Management for Service Providers platform operated by Gemalto’s European secure data centre, which is certified by Visa and MasterCard.
“By creating a central hub, we meet the needs of both the banking and telecoms sectors fostering the NFC ecosystem and mobile payments,” said Nicola Cordone, SIA deputy general manager.
Up to 200,000 contactless payment terminals will be deployed in Italy by the end of 2013.
Cordone added: “Using Gemalto’s proven platform, SIA is allowing all stakeholders to avoid numerous individual arrangements when introducing new contactless services.”
By offering a secure and scalable infrastructure that ensures full interoperability and can seamlessly accommodate new service providers, SIA is putting Italy at the forefront of the cashless revolution and will help enable millions of consumers to make payments with just the tap of their mobile phone.