New Zealand mobile payments alliance employs Gemalto security solution

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A joint collaboration between major New Zealand banks and all three of the country’s operators has turned to Gemalto to secure New Zealand’s NFC services.

The group, known as Semble, will be employing Gemalto’s Allynis Trusted Services Hub.

New Zealanders have made over 20 million contactless transactions worth an estimated NZD 735 million in 2014, and, an estimated one million NFC-enabled smartphones will be used in New Zealand by year’s end. This solution, launched as a common national platform, will enable anyone to access the NFC services from any network in New Zealand.

Users will be able to use their phones to pay for goods and services at more than 16,000 contactless NFC terminals in retail outlets such as departmental stores, restaurants, and movie theatres. In the future, they will also be able to enjoy other services such as transport, loyalty points, gift vouchers, coupons, and access, with a tap of their phone. The TSH service will be hosted and operated in Gemalto’s certified data centre.

“Smartphone penetration has almost doubled in the last two years in New Zealand, setting the ground for NFC service adoption,” said Michael Au, President South Asia and Japan at Gemalto. “Gemalto’s TSH solution provides a single connection to all service providers, eliminating the need for multiple individual TSHs. This will enable Semble to attract more service providers to come onboard, and distribute new mobile services in ways never seen before.” 

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