World Congress brings together the biggest names in mobile, and the build up to
Barcelona is always dominated by talk of ‘big-ticket’ product launches.
be successful, however, mobile technology must be both secure and
interoperable. It may be less glamorous, but hacks and failures can have a
catastrophic impact on a brands’ image, reputation and, ultimately, their
behind the attraction of the latest VR solution and mobile handset launches,
what will be the hot topics critical to achieving deployment success?
NFC – here to stay
No one can argue that near field
communication (NFC) is gaining traction and is being adopted by consumers. The
market is predicted to top $21 billion by 2021, driven in part by the ever-increasing
availability of NFC-enabled smartphones, the launch of the big name ‘Giant Pay’
mobile payments platforms and an expanding global contactless infrastructure.
payments also represent a huge growth opportunity for NFC technology. The
current success of wearables has undoubtedly been built on health and fitness.
But with 50% user abandonment after 12 months, device manufacturers are
looking to expand functionality beyond health and fitness to drive long-term
adoption. And the ability of wearables to streamline the transaction process
means that NFC payments are central to this strategy.
Yet to ensure a consistent and secure
experience across all form factors, products need to undergo functional and
security testing in a manner that is commercially feasible. ‘Integration’ is
key to control investment without limiting advances.
eSIM – securing the future of IoT
From connected cars to smart toasters, it is
clear that the age of IoT is upon us. The industry is now faced with the
unprecedented challenge of deploying and securing billions (potentially trillions) of connected devices.
For many, the embedded SIM (eSIM) is
essential to stabilizing the ecosystem. eSIM is a non-removable component that
supports remote provisioning capability. This means that IoT solutions can be
updated to ensure continued security, functionality and convenience, without
having to change the SIM.
As so many players are converging in this space, the future of IoT
is dependent on the industry’s ability to establish and implement a robust
testing framework to ensure the conformance and
interoperability of the eSIM across multiple stakeholders and use-cases.
TEE – ensuring device security
Don’t underestimate the role of
consumer confidence in technical innovations. Security fears can become a
barrier to using an application. Yet to be over secure can restrict
functionality and performance. The mobile industry is walking a constant
tightrope to balance these two elements.
The Trusted Execution Environment
(TEE) is a secure area of the main processor of connected devices that ensures
sensitive data is stored, processed and protected in an isolated, trusted
environment. While it offers protection against software attacks, assists in
the control of access rights and houses sensitive applications, it also
delivers a good level of functionality.
The TEE is not new, but it is
becoming recognized as a security basis for mass market mobile service
Time to market
All these conversations have one key element in
common: how to get products to market effectively and successfully, while
Evolving the testing landscape to accommodate
new features, while ensuring backward compatibility with the existing
infrastructure is vital in any new product launch strategy. When a new
disruptive feature is added, everyone is looking to understand the impact.
Creating an agile testing process that can reflect
market trends is fundamental if the mobile industry wants to continue its
dynamic evolution within a sustainable and secure infrastructure.
To find out more and discuss your
testing and certification requirements, meet FIME at Business France, Hall 5B
FIME has over 20 years’
experience in bringing innovative technologies to market quickly and
It has developed a comprehensive
offer of consulting services, technical training, technology design, test tools
and certification testing. Its experts support projects from start to finish,
resolving the technical challenges posed by implementing a complete portfolio
of specifications, standards and multi-brand industry requirements.