ETSI approves HCI
With this announcement, the ETSI followed the recommendation made by the NFC Forum a few months ago (cf. Smart Insights #07-28). The HCI specification provides a standardized way to host secure applications on the SIM and to communicate with the outside world in a contactless manner using the NFC chip in the phone, when combined with the Single Wire Protocol (SWP) within the physical layers approved by ETSI last October, which itself enabled chip manufacturers to commence developments based on an ETSI approved specification.
Klaus Vedder, chairman of ETSI TC SCP, said, "These new SIM properties are another important step towards turning today's mobile phone into a multipurpose terminal, personal security device and lifestyle tool and I look forward to having many fruitful and cooperative conversations with stakeholders in the weeks and months ahead."