Inside Secure and ZTE to bring NFC to GSM and 3G

Inside Secure, provider of semiconductor solutions for secure transactions, has announced it has expanded its partnership with ZTE to integrate Inside’s near field communication (NFC) technology into ZTE’s GSM and next generation TD-SCDMA smartphone platform, which is based on the Android operating system.

The NFC solution that Inside and ZTE are creating is based on the Inside MicroRead NFC controller and the companion Open NFC protocol stack. It will enable consumers in China and elsewhere to use ZTE 3G smartphones for a broad range of secure NFC applications, including payments, transportation, loyalty, ticketing and access control.

A third generation product that sets a new standard for ease of integration, the MicroRead NFC controller offers a broad range of NFC options and provides the capacity to implement any secure element, including SIM, SE or SD card, to support any business model.

“We are very pleased to cooperate with a well known brand handset maker such as ZTE for NFC deployment worldwide,” said Remy de Tonnac CEO of Inside Secure. “Based on our advanced NFC technology, we believe that we can provide an excellent NFC solution to ZTE in China and globally.”

“Today’s announcement is the latest result of our long term relationship with ZTE in developing NFC solutions for their handset offerings, which now cover GSM 2G and TD-SCDMA 3G networks,” said Simon Hu, chief representative and general manager, Greater China for Inside Secure. “We look forward to strengthening our partnership with ZTE to provide best of breed NFC solutions as they develop more high value handsets and continue to expand their operations throughout China and other regions.”