Four Working Groups Formed To Advance Initial Activities For Secure
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- Membership of the Mobile Payment Forum has
doubled since the beginning of the year and now stands at 89
organizations from around the world, representing the mobile,
technology and financial services industries.
The Mobile Payment Forum is a member driven organization that
seeks to achieve broad industry cooperation to standardize the
building blocks needed to deploy secure and convenient mobile
The growing membership base was announced at the first plenary
meeting of the Forum held in Genval Belgium from February 27 to 28. A
total of 108 people representing 66 member companies attended the
event and four working groups were formed to start addressing
specific m-commerce issues such as cardholder authentication, device
and transport security, and consumer convenience and usability. These
groups will look specifically at:
- SIM toolkit authentication - this group will define a standard
SIM (subscriber identification module) toolkit application to
enable the personalization of third party keys on the SIM, and
enable the utilization of these keys.
- Personalization of multi-application clients - this group will
examine the requirements for personalizing payment data and
applications on multi-application mobile phones.
- Wallet form fill - this group will look at the requirements for
form filling to enable convenient payments on mobile devices.
- Security user experience - this group will look at how security
rocesses for mobile payments will affect the user experience and
will develop best practices.
In addition to the working groups, the Forum's technical committee
steering group and member committee convened to discuss strategic
organizational initiatives and plans for 2002.
"The inaugural plenary meeting accomplished some key objectives,"
said Simon Pugh, co-president of the Mobile Payment Forum. "Work was
started in each of the four initial working groups as well as in the
member committee. Activity proposals and working group charters were
developed, work plans defined, and action items identified. With
increasing membership and extensive participation, the Mobile Payment
Forum is in a great position to create the industry standards
necessary to support secure and convenient mobile payment services."
Mauro Sentinelli, managing director, Telecom Italia Mobile, said:
"This inaugural meeting of the Forum has successfully demonstrated
the need and value of the organization and the importance of
cooperation between the financial and mobile industries. It has set a
firm foundation upon which we can start to define the building blocks
needed to create common, widely accepted standards for secure mobile
payments. There is much work to be done but we are off to a good
As a member driven organization, the Mobile Payment Forum seeks to
address the requirements of both the mobile and financial industries.
Member organizations are strongly encouraged to develop activity
proposals that tackle immediate and longer-term business needs for
secure mobile payments.
Membership of the Mobile Payment Forum is tiered, allowing
interested parties to join as either Principal or Associate members.
Any organization with an interest in facilitating secure m-commerce
is eligible to join. For more information, visit
Note To Editors:
The following organization have joined the Mobile Payment Forum
since February 2002:
Association for Payment
Edgar, Dunn & Company
EURO Kartensysteme GmgH
Hutchison 3G Group
J-PHONE Co Ltd
Orange France SA
Royal Bank of Scotland
Telecom Italia Mobile S.p.A.
Transaction Network Services, Inc.
For a complete listing of all 89 Forum members, please visit
About the Mobile Payment Forum
The Mobile Payment Forum brings together leading organizations
from the mobile and financial industries to create a foundation for
standardized, secure and authenticated mobile payments. Founders
American Express Company, JCB Co., Ltd., MasterCard International and
Visa International all bring extensive experience in creating
interoperable global payment standards and specifications and a
knowledge of payments in emerging channels. Membership will include
key financial institutions, telecommunications operators,
wireless-device manufacturers, merchants, content providers and
software and hardware developers and vendors. The Mobile Payment
Forum is a non-profit membership organization, incorporated in the
state of Delaware in the United States.
For further information and a list of members, visit the Mobile
Payment Forum Web site at www.mobilepaymentforum.org
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