Valimo and Gemalto today announced a new step in their partnership towards the Mobile Signature market.
Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, integrates the Valimo's Mobile Authentication Client (VMAC) on its SIM (subscriber identity module) cards, in order to make Valimo's mobile signature application available to the mass market.
"We have seen a significant increase in interest from the telecommunications community for mobile signatures. Gemalto is the most reliable and experienced player in the field of mobile security and is at the forefront in providing the market with inventive and strong solutions for mobile authentication and signing" says Tapio Vailahti, Chief Executive Officer at Valimo. "We are proud that Gemalto embraced Valimo's mobile signature approach with the VMAC embedded in its SIM cards. With Gemalto committed to the Valimo Mobile Authentication Client, I see good signs ahead."
A mobile signature is the digital equivalent of a handwritten signature on a paper contract. It allows the mobile phone to act as the pen needed for signing almost any e-service, such as online banking, government documents, internet check out, and entry to corporate intranets from outside of the office. Unlike other identification schemes for e-services, mobile signatures require no additional devices or software, and no additional password lists.
"Implementing the Valimo VMAC is a natural progressive step from Gemalto's roll out of mobile signature schemes in Europe," says Jean Francois Gros, Director Partner Solutions at Gemalto. "The Gemalto SIM cards will provide a state-of-the-art option for mobile operators who intend to roll out mobile signature services to their subscriber base. We consider that the whole SIM community should benefit from a best-of-breed combination with respect to SIM cards and mobile signature applications".
Mobile operators purchasing the VMAC on a SIM card will have a significant advantage in providing mobile signature services (MSS) through the ETSI-specified MSS web services interface. With the VMAC, mobile signature services do not require mobile operators to commit to a specific (mobile) network protocol or delivery method - and VMAC works in any GSM phone. The convenient signing experience also remains consistent for the whole portfolio of mobile services on offer.
The VMAC adds significant value for mobile network operators and SIM vendors as it enables fast time-to-market introduction of business-driven applications with easy and convenient user-experience.