Morpho and Novedia partner to offer comprehensive NFC consulting services

Paris, November 16, 2011

Morpho (Safran group), a world leader in secure mobile identity, has partnered with Novedia, a specialist in strategic consulting for companies involved in the latest digital solutions, to offer Near Field Communication (NFC) services worldwide.

NFC can open up numerous new business cases in the areas of contactless payment, access control, electronic ticketing, identification and authentication.

Mobile Network Operators have a strong interest in this trendsetting contactless technology, but there are a lot of questions on how to address this topic strategically. Together with its partner Novedia, Morpho intends to set up a comprehensive offer of project management and marketing services to meet the NFC needs of Mobile Network Operators.

Morpho has already substantiated NFC-knowledge gained from trials in different parts of the world. These include download and execution of VISA PayWave on Morpho SIM card, access of tourist information by using the reader mode (application stored on the SIM), download and execution of a loyalty application, download, personalization and execution of MasterCard M/Chip 4 application, transport use cases and more. Morpho has also been involved in the first commercial launch of NFC in Nice, France.

Morpho's new enhanced product "SIMply NFC Evolution" supports all the major standards and requirements in terms of interoperability and security. From stand-alone NFC SIM cards and NFC bridge solutions to the latest security and innovative features, the portfolio includes products for numerous fields of NFC applications and markets.

SIMply NFC Evolution provides:

- More security: Product under CC EAL4+* / EMVco** certification, featuring RSA*** key management and offering various crypto algorithms.

- More memory: Thanks to its large end-user free memory, NFC-Evolution ensures that all existing and future services can be addressed through the same product.

- More flexibility: The SIMply NFC Evolution product family meets market expectations, supporting various transport and banking standards – from the protocol perspective to secure provision of applications.

"Combining our extensive field experience and product offering with the additional strategic and marketing know-how of Novedia can help Mobile Network Operators to push the implementation and the success of NFC worldwide", said Paul Naldrett, Senior Vice President Telcoms at Morpho, e-Documents Division.

*CC EAL4+: Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level
**EMVco: Eurocard Mastercard Visa Company
***RSA: Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (public-key cryptosystem for both encryption and authentication.)

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About Morpho
Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group, is one of the world's leading suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions. Morpho is specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as well as secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho's integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and countries.
Through its e-Documents Division, Morpho is a pioneer and a global leader in the smart card industry. It develops and implements cutting-edge technology to turn the vision of unbounded mobile communications and integrated digital security into a reality. The Division's portfolio includes hardware, software, consulting and services, all focused on smart cards for the benefit of consumers and providers in the telecommunications, health, identification and banking areas.

For more information: www.morpho.com/e-documents - www.safran-group.com

About Novedia
Novedia Consulting provides marketing expertise to telecom operators and companies impacted by the digital revolution (mobile/Web/TV players). Novedia consultants are involved in marketing projects from strategic to operational stages. Their strategic recommendations are pragmatic and can actually be implemented to improve and sustain client performance. Novedia Consulting is part of Novedia Group, an integrated service company assisting its clients from consulting stages to technology/service implementation.

For more information: www.novediagroup.com

Morpho, e-Documents Division
Mareike NEUMAYER
Phone : +49 (0) 4347 715 2501
Mobile : +49 (0) 162/ 200 7761
mareike.neumayer@morpho.com
www.morpho.com/e-documents