Managing multiple secure elements in one handset


GlobalPlatform has released a technical paper that analyses the implications of managing multiple secure chips in a single mobile handset to deliver NFC services. The document, GlobalPlatform’s Requirements for NFC Mobile: Management of Multiple Secure Elements, is free to download at

GlobalPlatform’s Mobile Task Force undertook research to understand the technological possibilities and challenges of using multiple secure elements – tamper resistant devices with embedded microprocessor chips – in a mobile device. The white paper is the result of this investigation, which identified two business models, and details the functional requirements needed to support the acknowledged technical architectures: