Giesecke & Devrient play secure Android card

The mobile memory card includes its own security module and, Giesecke & Devrient  said, its developers have opened up the API and drivers to all third-party software companies, creating what the company hopes will be an open security standard that interfaces with cards which fit into a micro SD slot.

According to Giesecke & Devrient, the Mobile Security Card acts as an independent cryptographic module, handling user authentication, as well as encryption and signature operations.

Dr Kai Grassie, head of new business business division at Giesecke & Devrient , said that the integration of his firm's mobile security card solution into the Android operating system is an important milestone.

"G&D intends to play a greater role in this area in future. Our wide-ranging experience in security technologies places us in an ideal position to shape the future development of the market for mobile applications, especially those involving the security of digital business processes", he said.

As part of its `launch' of the Mobile Security Card, Giesecke & Devrient  is offering a full set of developer tools and downloads for Android smartphone software developers.

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