SIMalliance opens the SIM to web technologies

SIMalliance, the association of SIM card manufacturers, has announced the availability of its first Smart Card Web Server demo kit showcasing multimedia applications such as content store or interactive helpdesk running on a SIM card.

With the Smart Card Web Server, a world of advanced applications with rich user experience will be at hand of all subscribers whatever their handset.

Based on a tiny web server embedded in a SIM card and taking advantage of the handset browser as a user interface, the Smart Card Web Server bridges the gap between the SIM and the Internet to allow operators and developers create a new generation of powerful SIM applications and services and ease their distribution towards consumers.

Demonstrated on a LG Handset, This demo kit can be seen during Mobile World Congress’09 at Gemalto (N°8A102), Giesecke & Devrient (N°8B65), Incard (N°1A27), Oberthur Technologies (N°8B68) and Sagem Orga (N°8B76)’s booths.

This demo has been created by a new SIMalliance working group featuring representation from all major SIM card manufacturers and dedicated to accelerate the growth of this exciting new business area.

The Working Group has also published an in-depth White Paper providing ecosystem players, in particular Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Service Providers (SPs), an understanding of how the Smart Card Web Server is working and what are its key benefits for the Telecom industry.