SD Cards to Get Smarter, Will Soon be Used for Payments, Other Services

Today, SD Association declared their latest tie up with smartcard industry body GlobalPlatform through which they are planning to include smart-clip technology in SD standards. This new technology will allow mobile phones as well as other portable CE devices to give various authentication services with the SD memory cards.

SDA stated that this "would transform consumers' mobile phones and CE devices into electronic wallets carrying cashless currency and paperless identification for use in making everyday purchases such as groceries or train tickets, or in receiving customised subscription services like mobile television", reported Twice website.

The new SD standard with smart-clip technology will provide better security as compared to cloud-based solutions because the smart-chip-SD memory cards can only be activated in authorized devices, the association clarified.

SD Association president, Norm Frentz, commented that, "Collaborating with GlobalPlatform complements and accelerates our plans to support near-field technology and gives device manufacturers and anyone providing content or service to consumers the turnkey to mass market mobile commerce and smart IDs."

Both these bodies confirmed that they are committed to specifications which are backward-compatible with devices with SD. SDA in a statement listed few business scenarios which will be enabled with secure SD standard.