Calypso: a standard also for multiservice applications on smartcards and smartphones

 

Calypso has been selected as an experimental standard for multiservice applicationson smartcards and smartphones following the conclusions of an ADCET workgroup , which brought together numerous local authorities (Rennes, Bordeaux, Lille, Amiens, Lyon, Marseilles, …), universities , transport operators and Calypso Networks Association, and most of  smartcard suppliers.

Calypso has been selected as an experimental standard for multiservice applications on smartcards and smartphones following the conclusions of an ADCET workgroup , which brought together numerous local authorities (Rennes, Bordeaux, Lille, Amiens, Lyon, Marseilles, …), universities , transport operators and Calypso Networks Association, and most of  smartcard suppliers.

This standard, known as AMG (Generic Multiservice Application), will definitively be recorded by AFNOR, the French standards organisation, at the beginning of next year once the first projects in Rennes and in Bordeaux validate the concept. In parallel the workgroup will pursue its works so that this standard is also recognized at the European level.

This standard allows the management of any type of service by local authorities and universities.

For example:

• Canteens and nurseries,

• Sports and leisure centers,

• Culture and Tourism,

• Parking,

• Loyalty programs

• Physical and logical access control

It was decided to use Calypso as a bearer of AMG data, for several reasons:

• Calypso is used by many public transport systems around the world.

• The organization of Calypso data meets the identified needs.

• The Calypso Applet for mobile phones exists and has been successfully deployed by several Telecom operators.

• The security level is proven.

• Scalability and continuity are ensured by Calypso Networks Association.

• There is a varied and sustainable industrial supply of Calypso products.

Thanks to the existence of such a standard it will be possible to build new technical architectures by ensuring the compatibility of the various components of the systems, and to avoid systems that are proprietary and expensive to maintain.

The potential market in France alone is estimated at several million cards or mobile applications per year.

Several cards suppliers can already supply smartcards compatible with this new standard: Gemalto, Oberthur, Morpho, ASK and Watchdata.