Morpho supplies the first NFC SIM cards for Europe’s first commercial launch in Nice
Paderborn / Nice, June 14, 2010
SIMply cONtactless cards from the Morpho e-Documents Division* (Safran group), formally Sagem Orga, were the first to be approved for deployment by FT Orange, and the first to be used by customers in one of the most significant Near Field Communication (NFC) projects currently underway. Since May 21st, in Nice, France, people can now experience the advantages of contactless technology.
The "Nice, NFC City" project invites people to use an NFC-enabled mobile phone in and around Nice to test a range of services. These services will ease their daily life, for example, payment in supermarkets, restaurants and shops, buying tickets for the public transportation system or using information services at the museums.
For this extensive NFC launch, Orange is offering phones for sale that support all applications needed to use contactless technology in the public transportation system in Nice. Passengers can ride buses and trains in and around the city by tapping their phones. The project is unique in Europe today, since it is the only one implemented for real commercial use.
The most beneficial feature of the SIMply cONtactless card by Morpho is its interoperability, as well as its compatibility with future evolutions and with any upcoming handset model.
Vincent Barnaud, Director Contactless Services at Orange stated: "The extensive development process stands out due to the strong partnership between us and Morpho. They have shown themselves to be a technology partner with strong expertise and future-orientation. Morpho was the first to deliver a product that we could approve."
"Morpho is strongly committed to driving forward future technologies," said Paul Naldrett, Senior Vice President of the e-Documents Division of Morpho.
"The Nice NFC City project is an exciting and long awaited step forward in the commercial deployment of NFC technology. We are proud to be contributing to this groundbreaking project as a technology partner of FT Orange."
* On May 27th 2010, Sagem Sécurité was renamed Morpho. Sagem Orga became part of Morpho e-Documents Division.
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.
Morpho e-Documents as a Division of Morpho is a pioneer and a global leader in the smart card industry. This division of Morpho develops and implements cutting-edge technology to turn the vision of unbounded mobile communications and integrated digital security into a reality. Morpho e-Documents' 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.
On May 27th Sagem Sécurité changed its name to Morpho. The Safran group wanted to realise the objective of consolidating all security businesses within the group under a single name. The new identity will be gradually deployed across the company's many subsidiaries operating worldwide. As a subsidiary of the former Sagem Sécurité, now Morpho, Sagem Orga changed its name as well to become part of the e-Documents Division of Morpho.
Detailed background information is available on the following website.
Morpho e-Documents Division
Phone: +49 (0) 52 51/ 8 89 – 1216
Mobile: +49 (0) 162/ 200 77 61