Gemalto has announced that it is providing its Allynis Trusted Service Management (TSM) solution to KDDI (one of the leading mobile network operators in Japan) for the deployment of the world's first commercial NFC airline boarding service. Launched in October 2012, the service will enable quicker and more convenient flight boarding for more than 37 million passengers who fly with Japan Airlines (JAL) each year. Gemalto has been delivering its UpTeq NFC high end SIM to KDDI since March 2012.
The project aims to boost usage of mobile boarding by providing increased speed and convenience to end users while reducing operational costs. Gemalto’s TSM allows KDDI to securely download the JAL application into the SIM, enabling passengers to just tap their mobile phone when required to present their boarding pass. The NFC solution that KDDI has implemented can easily expand using Gemalto’s TSM to include additional NFC services and applications such as contactless payments, loyalty programs, transportation and couponing.