Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces that the Smart Urban Spaces (SUS) project has won the Information Technology for European Advancement Award of Excellence for enabling contactless smart cities through the rollout of NFC context-based services.
This project is part of EUREKA, a pan-European initiative uniting 38 member countries with the shared goal to support companies and research institutes in transnational R&D projects. The project was developed by a Gemalto-led consortium of 20+ partners from all over Europe and aims at introducing interoperable e-city services based on the latest mobile technologies and ubiquitous mobile computing techniques.
Smart Urban Spaces provides software building blocks and service management platforms for urban applications such as public transportation, day care, smart billboards, event information and taxi fare payment. Some 35 NFC pilot applications have been developed across 11 cities members of the consortium including Bilbao, Caen, Helsinki, Oulu, Sevilla and Valencia. As an example, the city of Caen is using Gemalto’s Allynis Trusted Service Management (TSM) service for its NFC mobile ticketing program launched in June 2013.
Philippe Cambriel, Gemalto President for Europe, Mediterranean and CIS commented:
“Gemalto is honored to be at the heart of the Smart Urban Spaces project and contributing its expertise in securing contactless applications and servicing platforms.”
“SUS brings together top-tier industrial players, small and medium-sized enterprises, academics and user organizations from all countries to put Europe at the forefront of developing digital cities of the future. Gemalto provides in particular the trust environment that enables those various stakeholders to plug into the SUS infrastructure to quickly deploy a broad range of innovative NFC services, while ensuring that end users’ digital identities are protected.”