Sony and HID to Jointly Develop Contactless Smart Card Readers, Solution to Support NFC Applications

Written By Sam on 18 October 2010

HID Global, a player in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, and consumer technology company Sony recently formed an alliance to jointly develop an embedded contactless smart card reader platform for the global PC marketplace. It’s clear that partnership will look to leverage Sony’s contactless smart card reader IC experience with HID’s RFID technology for access control systems. The companies revealed the jointly developed platform will be designed specifically for laptop manufacturers and will encompass Sony and HID Global contactless solutions and a range of other widely-deployed technologies. The companies will also be looking to adress specific regional and application needs.

HID also noted that the new embedded reader platform will support Sony’s FeliCa contactless card technology, HID Global’s iCLASS credentials, as well as other broadly adopted technologies. Furthermore, the reader solution will support applications based on Near Field Communication (NFC). The company added, “Goals for the joint development, including a complete reference design and comprehensive developer support, are focused on minimizing product development requirements and speeding time-to-market schedules for PC manufacturers.”

Plans are in place to provide details and availability later this year.

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