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Oberthur NFC embedded secure element included in Samsung GALAXY S4


Oberthur Technologies has announced that its NFC embedded Secure Element will be included in the newly-released Samsung GALAXY S4.

The secure element – PEARL – is an advanced multi-application embedded secure elecement and according to the company, offers the largest memory on the market. In addition, says the company, it is also the first of its kind to be certified by Visa, MasterCard and Google.

“We are proud to be recognised through this contract as a trusted partner for the deployment of secured NFC services in the Samsung GALAXY S4,” Cédric Collomb, Telecom Business Unit Managing Director at Oberthur Technologies said. “Teams have collaborated very closely to deliver the best-in-class secured eSE NFC services for this long-awaited smartphone.”

Reported previously, an image recovered deep inside GALAXY S3 firmware filed appear to show vague plans for a fingerprint-based security system.

A week later, the USPTO published a patent application from Samsung which seems to confirm the suspected biometric integration.

The patent, published in May, was filed 17 months ago to the USPTO, and suggests the fingerprint sensor integration described could be either a contact or swipe sensor. The patent was also filed in November 2011 in the Korean Intellectual Property Office. Though the patent outlines the fingerprint in the home button, it also notes that it would be located on the side of the device.

In May, Oberthur Technologies delivered an ePassport solution in Uzbekistan. 

Also in May, Oberthur, along with 3M, Morpho and Gemalto, formed the Secure Identity Alliance, a new group foduced on developing the usage of government-issued eDocuments. 


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