A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between GlobalPlatform and SIMalliance, which will see the two industry bodies align their work initiatives to further enhance application security on mobile devices. Through the formal partnership, the associations will work together to develop an end to end solution that will allow a mobile device application to communicate with an application loaded in a secure element (SE).
SIMalliance – an organization which supports the creation, deployment and management of secure mobile services and applications globally – released its Open Mobile API earlier this year to standardize a controlled link between a mobile device application and a SE application. The specification creates a common API – delivering a single, consistent specification and interface across multiple operating systems, which will facilitate the access to secure services hosted in a SE. As the organization which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology, GlobalPlatform is building on this foundation to ensure only authorized applications can communicate with applications hosted in the SE in this manner.
Gil Bernabeu, technical director at GlobalPlatform, explains: ‘The Open Mobile API will become a de-facto standard and will allow all applications to send commands to a SE application. The two associations will work together to combine the filtering technology of GlobalPlatform (known as SE access control) with the Open API, to deliver a complete solution for handset manufacturers.
‘As two associations heavily engaged in the emerging secure mobile services landscape, we are perfectly positioned to work on this initiative together. The work will bring many benefits to secure mobile services providers that will find a simple standard solution to protect SE services from unauthorized mobile applications.’