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Gemalto tapped to make mobile payments more secure in China

China Mobile calls upon Gemalto to help make payments more secure for Chinese commuters

Gemalto, a leading provider of digital security solutions, has been chosen by China Mobile to protect consumers using mobile payments for mass transit in Beijing, China. The company will be using its UpTeq NFC Multitenant SIMs in order to protect consumer information when they are making payments for transportation services. The SIMs that mobile consumers will be using will come pre-loaded with the Beijing transit application, which is used by more than 22 million commuters every day.

Transportation app will allow consumers to easily make payments for transit services

The application has been a boon for those making daily commutes. The app allows people to pay for transit services using their mobile devices, making the payment process more convenient. China Mobile has been a prominent supporter of mobile payments in recent years and believes that the public transportation space could use more support in its engagement of mobile consumers. Ensuring that payments made from a mobile device are secure could encourage more people to take advantage of the mobile services that the public transit space is offering.

New SIMs will provide mobile devices with NFC capabilities

China Mobile Payments SecurityThe UpTeq NFC Multitenant SIMs will be able to host a wide range of mobile services, including couponing and loyalty programs. The SIMs will be able to give most smartphones NFC capabilities, allowing them to interact with NFC-based payment and marketing initiatives. China Mobile users will also be able to make use of NFC-enabled mobile applications that can be downloaded through the organization’s 4G networks.

Improving security may help make mobile commerce more attractive to consumers

Security is one of the top priorities for companies that are beginning to enter the mobile commerce space. Many consumers have been wary of mobile payments because of the lack of security solutions available for new payment platforms. As security increases, more consumers are likely to participate in mobile commerce. Gemalto has significant experience in matters of security and may be able to help promote mobile payments among Chinese consumers.

Mobile security issues from iPhone tracking causes China to feel exposed

The country feels that this behavior could lead “state secrets” to be revealed to spies.

The ever growing disagreement regarding mobile security and American spying activities in China has now risen to a new level as Apple has been roped into the battle, with the iPhone being branded as a national security threat by state television media.

This announcement has arrived only a small handful of months after an iPhone deal with China Mobile.

Recently, a U.S. technology group entered into a deal with China Mobile to supply that company with iPhones. China Mobile is currently the largest phone company on the globe and this accomplishment was considered to be a critical step forward in Apple’s efforts to break into the Chinese marketplace of one billion smartphone users in a more meaningful way. However, online and mobile security have become a growing source of tension between the country and the United States and now it looks as though the success of this deal may be threatened.

CCTV has added this mobile security statement to the growing pile of criticisms of brands from outside the country.

Mobile Security - Apple and ChinaThis announcement arrived in the same week that China and the United States brought high level trade talks to a conclusion and were able to take only the slightest progress in updating an agreement that was already a year and a half old regarding the $2 trillion in annual trade of high tech products.

The state broadcaster in China, CCTV, has been steadily boosting its aggression when it comes to the criticism that it has been laying down against brands from other countries. Its latest accusation was regarding the ability of the iPhone to track its user through its geolocation and positioning tech, as well as having the ability to “view the user’s home address, unit information and whereabouts.”

The report from the broadcaster suggested that some of the information released by Edward Snowden, the former contractor from the National Security Agency (NSA) had shown that some of the data that Apple collected through its smartphones was passed on to advertisers as well as American spy agencies. The broadcaster went on to say that this mobile security issue went even deeper because the data could still be recorded regardless of whether the feature was turned on, placing “state secrets” at risk along with this “sensitive” information.