Gemalto has announced that Banco Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, is issuing the Optelio Contactless microSD solution in Spain, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, as part of their University Smart Card programme.
The application is currently live at selected universities, and students, teachers and other personnel using the application are able to use their mobile phones for everyday tasks, which include building access, and as an ePurse to make payments at canteens.
Banco Santander is also adding the mobile payment option integrated with its own mobile payment wallet, and is planning to use the NFC-capable microSD to deploy a wide range of services such as mobile transportation ticketing.
“With Gemalto’s microSD technology, students benefit from the speed and convenience of an NFC mobile phone, without needing an NFC-ready handset,” said Vicente Prior, Director Products and Channels, Santander Universities. “It offers a fast-to-deploy option to deliver a host of mobile contactless services to our end users and help them become more accustomed to this new way of completing transactions.”
“The University Smart Card program is going mobile and this new step will enable students to enjoy contactless services with the rich features of a mobile app, as well as offering the ability to expand to include further innovative services in the future,” added Frédéric Vasnier, Executive Vice President Embedded Software and Products at Gemalto. “The new device is part of Gemalto’s broader range of secure elements designed to meet each customer’s specific needs in a diversified global market. It complements the existing portfolio of security solutions for mobile contactless services, based on SIMs and embedded secure elements.”
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