Global mobile commerce platform provider Ericsson IPX has announced an NFC Trusted Service Manager (TSM) development kit that allows secure NFC application developers to test their apps in a live, controlled environment.
The development kit includes a test account on Ericsson IPX's TSM platform, software components and documentation and a sample NFC application that can be used for initial testing, before code is developed for the planned application. Two MicroSD cards and range extenders from DeviceFidelity and an NFC USB reader are also included.
"The development kit enables developers to remotely deploy, update and delete applications, while maintaining the same security level as in a real-life implementation through a standards-based TSM platform," says Ericsson IPX. "This means that partners can test their applications, with actual users, even in a commercial environment. With the launch of the kit, Ericsson hopes to boost the advancement of compelling NFC applications within access control, payment, loyalty or ticketing."
"Service providers need to take their applications from the lab and PowerPoint stage to the next level," explains Ericsson's Richard Anell. "The development kit provides a true-to-life setting, not a simulation, and is exactly how it would work in a commercial environment."
Ericsson IPX introduced its TSM platform in 2010, using a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) business model where clients can sub-let space on a section of a secure element managed by the firm.