Host Card Emulation for Android (standard on OS 4.4 KitKat) is starting to fuel the development of many applications that could be used for mobile payments, access control, and smartcard emulation.
Developers can use different security standards to authorize the transactions. "The SDK is not meant to be replacing the necessary use of the SE in secure related NFC transactions, and therefore the secure applications (like the transit ones or others) will need to rely on the SE, whether being the eSE or the UICC, or an external uSD," Martinez added
There are two versions of the SDK: The free basic kit is available now, and the "advanced version" which will be available soon. The free version which can be used with most MIFARE cards, provides a subset of features for quick, easy development of lightweight applications. The advanced version will include the full command set and will enable fast development of complex applications. NXP will hold a MIFARE SDK webinar on June 17 and June 18.
Asked if NXP will release SDKs for other mobile platforms, Martinez answered that "this will be considered for OS which becomes relevant in volumes with respect to the use of NFC."
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— Pablo Valerio is a freelance blogger who writes about mobile and telecom issues for EE Times. He lives and works in Barcelona.