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For over a decade the SIMalliance has been supporting the creation, deployment and management of secure mobile services across the globe. A non-profit trade association, the SIMalliance is working in partnership with members and the wider mobile community to anticipate and address the security, identity and mobility challenges of an increasingly converged internet.

SIMalliance members are Eastcompeace, Fundamenture, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Incard, KONA I, Morpho, Oasis Smart SIM, Oberthur Technologies, Valid, Watchdata and Wuhan Tianyu.  SIMalliance Strategic Partners are Comprion, Linxens and Movenda. 

24 April 2014 - SIMalliance has released global SIM shipment figures, as reported by its membership in 2013. Volumes totalled 4.2 billion units for 2013, compared to 4.6 billion in 2012. The estimated total available market in 2013 was 4.85 billion units, compared to 5.1 billion in 2012.

The figures highlight that significant increases in high-end SIMs are driving the expansion of key markets and provide a strong base for near field communications (NFC) roll-out. The five per cent reduction of the total market is a result of prepaid regulation on low-end SIM volumes in Asia, although recovery is already evident.

This announcement provides the most reliable insight available into the global SIM market, as SIMalliance members represent approximately 86% of the total market.

Read the full announcement here.
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  • Open Mobile API test specification for Transport API v1.0
    The Open Mobile API Test Specification v1.0 was developed by SIMalliance in response to industry demand for increased standardisation in the way that the Open Mobile API Specification is implemented globally. The test specification outlines mobile device compliance to the Open Mobile API Specification v2.05, and defines test cases in order that conformance tests can be executed.

    Download the test specification here> 
  • The Importance of Secure Elements in M2M Deployments: An Introduction
    This paper gives an introduction to the importance of Secure Elements (SE) in M2M deployments, provides an overview of the market and addresses the benefits of embedded SE technology in an M2M context.

    Download the paper here> 
  • Secure Element Deployment & Host Card Emulation v1.0
    This paper provides an introduction to Android's Host Card Emulation (HCE) and explores its value to the NFC ecosystem relative to the Secure Element (SE). SIMalliance contends that while HCE is good for the NFC ecosystem as a whole, the technology remains immature, un-standardised and, relative to SE-based deployments, vulnerable to malicious attack.

    Download the paper here> 
  • Open Mobile API Specification v2.05
    The SIMalliance Open Mobile API v2.05 specifies how mobile applications may access different secure elements in a mobile device, such as UICC and embedded SE. It provides interface definitions and UML diagrams to support implementation across a variety mobile platforms and programming languages.

    Download the Specification here >
  • NFC Secure Element Stepping Stones
    "Achieving optimal NFC application interoperability across multiple types of SE will be important to the successful creation, deployment and management of NFC services around the world. Through our Stepping Stones documents, SIMalliance aims to simplify SE implementation globally and support the development of an open and secure NFC support infrastructure, regardless of SE form factor." Amedeo Veneroso, Chair of the Interoperability Working Group.

    Download the Stepping Stones here >

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