The start-up’s product, a system for distributing NFC services to end users, will be up against offerings from Gemalto, Oberthur and NXP. The Sesames, now in their fourteenth year, are cards industry awards given for innovation in hardware, software and eight application categories.
“We are proud to have been chosen as a finalist from among the 309 applications competing for the Sesames Innovation Awards,” says Laurent Renard, Toro’s chief executive.
Akami is aimed at mobile operators and trusted service managers and includes a multi-platform mobile client, a widget system, an SDK and a back-office system with APIs. The system can be used to deliver secure NFC services such as payment, transport, loyalty and ticketing applications, as well as those in non-secure areas such as marketing, CRM, social networking and games.
The Hong-Kong based company describes itself as being at “the crossroads of smartcard, mobile and GUI design” and has offices in Taipei and Paris.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on Monday November 16, ahead of the opening of the Cartes & Identification tradeshow the next day. Other Sesames finalists from the NFC sector include Collis, Twinlinx, Neowave, Sagem Orga, Inside Contactless and Giesecke & Devrient.