MasterCard International has announced that it has joined GlobalPlatform, the first cross-industry organisation to develop, manage and promote a standardised framework for multiple application smartcards.
MasterCard joins existing members of GlobalPlatform to combine the interests of smartcard issuers, vendors, industry groups, public entities and technology companies, to define global requirements and technology standards for multiple application smartcards. The significant new membership will boost GlobalPlatform's member total to 55 organisations - a figure it has achieved only two years since its inception in September 1999.
"MasterCard is dedicated to creating a universal platform and infrastructure that will make it easier and less expensive to deploy multi-application smartcards on a global basis," said Art Kranzley, Chief e-Business Officer, MasterCard International. "By joining GlobalPlatform, we are responding to the growing desire of our members to have maximum flexibility when initiating smartcard programs of their own. MasterCard is now in a position to help guide the future direction of GlobalPlatform's operational framework and to look for ways to expand the functionality of this specification to support MULTOS."
For details contact Neville Huxham forMasterCardSA on tel: (011) 888 9463 or e-mail: email@example.com
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