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Bringing trust to a new world of mobility

Gemalto to highlight how secure mobile technology underpins the success of IoT and mobile payment services at MWC

Bringing trust to a new world of mobility
A key Gemalto demo at the event is a virtual key solution, through which you can lock, unlock and even park your car using your smartphone.

Digital security firm Gemalto will be demonstrating how its solutions can help make mobility safer and more convenient at the upcoming edition of the Mobile World Congress (MWC).

It’s said that the average mobile phone today has more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 moon landing; while the average person unlocks his or her phone 110 times each day.

There’s little point denying it – we’re transitioning at break-neck speed into a mobile society. Mobile technology has moved far past simple communication with family and friends (in fact, making a call is now only the sixth most common use of a cell phone). Whether it’s tracking fitness levels, puzzling out a new destination via GPS or shopping and paying the bills – your smartphone can do it all.

But mobile technology without security is a fractured sort of mobility at best; yes, you could use your smartphone to remotely control and, in turn, digitise your house, your car, your entire lifestyle, but why would you if you didn’t trust it to keep your personal information secure? Alternatively, if the systems were secure but largely inconvenient to use because of the complexity of the security measures in place, you wouldn’t really bother with it either.

“The nuts and bolts of mobile security have to be fitted in in such a way that it inspires trust, but does not do so at the cost of ease-of-use, or it would effectively kill mobile technology’s enormous potential,” commented Mohamed Anis Chemli, Director of Telecommunication & Banking Solutions for the GCC and Levant at Gemalto, ahead of the firm’s participation at this year’s edition of the Mobile World Congress.

The digital security specialist will highlight at the industry-wide gathering, through a strong line-up of demos, just how secure mobile technology underpins the success of several promising IoT and mobile payment services.

One of Gemalto’s key demos at the event will showcase how the firm and automotive supplier Valeo have together produced an end-to-end virtual key solution, through which you can lock, unlock and even park your car using your smartphone. Simultaneously, this solution can also provide you with access to real-time data such as location, fuel levels and maintenance information through the Valeo In-Blue app, which you can download onto your smartphone.

Incidentally, this application also includes a car-sharing feature. The Valeo app can be shared through users’ phones and used to gain access to the smart car key – making it an ideal solution for car sharing or rental companies or individuals.

Gemalto’s secure ID car access demo is in the same vein: it enables to transform government-issued electronic IDs into highly secure and seamless authentication channels for smart car access. So you could use your electronic driver’s license to authenticate yourself to a car rental service – you could unlock and start the rental car with your smartphone. Through offering more convenient new mobility services to citizens, governments could monetize their investment in eID while service providers would benefit from a more efficient way to identify customers.

Chemli added: “Of course the steady growth of connected devices, as part of the advent of the Internet of Things era, has scaled up the breach landscape. To unleash the full potential of the Internet of Things, security solutions for connected devices must secure the data stored in the device, secure communication, and protect the device from tampering via cyber-attacks. That’s where authentication and encryption solutions enter the picture.”

Gemalto will therefore also demo its portfolio of authentication and identity management services and its encryption solutions at MWC, which can protect mobile devices and the data stored and exchanged between them from threats.

Meanwhile, the increased proliferation of mobile technology has also made it the most convenient way to shop. But, as the volume of online purchases has increased and card-present security has grown stronger, payment fraud has migrated to card-not-present (CNP) transactions. Late last year, to effectively combat CNP fraud, Gemalto released its Ezio Dynamic Code Verification (DCV) solution, which allows card issuers to replace the static three-digit security code traditionally used for online purchases with a periodically changing dynamic code. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Gemalto will showcase the mobile version of this solution where, once again, the time-based security code makes it impossible for hackers to reuse stolen static card data for fraudulent transactions.

“When it comes to how mobile technology can upgrade your lifestyle, the possibilities are quite limitless. But expanding mobile connectivity raises concerns about security, about privacy, making trust and convenience both equally crucial to the success of the future of mobilisation,” said Chemli.

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