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The MeT Initiative together with its 55 Associate Members to further establish a framework for secure mobile transactions
Posted: 18-Dec-2001 [Source: Nokia press release]

[MeT Initiative to release 1.1 which will provide mobile terminal manufacturers and service providers with a common platform for developing secure mobile e-commerce services.]

The MeT initiative, founded to establish a framework for secure mobile transactions regardless of mobile device and network, is pleased to announce that the number of Associate Members has reached 55. The continuous growth in the number of Associate Members demonstrates the importance of MeT in the development of specifications and deployment of solutions in various sectors of the industry.

In addition to the six initiative Sponsors (Ericsson, NEC, Matsushita, Nokia, Siemens, Sony), the list of Associate Members includes the following companies: ActivCard, Aldata Solution, AirWallet, AOL Deutschland, AU-System, Baltimore Technologies, BBVA, Blueice Research, Bluesoft, Comverse, CommerceNet, Condat, C-SAM, Discretix Technologies, Diversinet, eFunds International, Entrust Technologies, France Telecom, Gemplus, Hitachi, Huawei Technology, Idex, ICL Invia, Infineon Technologies, Interpay Nederland, In2M Corporation, University of Jyvoskyly (ITRI), Jinny Software, Kent Ridge Digital Labs, Keyware, MediaQ, Miotec, Modirum, Mobey Forum, mSafe, Netaccount, Oasis Technology, Ontain Corporation, Radiolinja, RSA Security, Schlumberger Systemes, Sonera Smarttrust, Symbian, Systems@Work, STMicroelectronics, Telia, Ticket Anywhere, TietoEnator, Toshiba, Valimo Wireless, Verifone, Verisign, VTT, Xfera Moviles, Wells Fargo Bank.

In less than a year of its existence, the MeT initiative has introduced specification 1.0 on mobile device functionality for mobile e-commerce. The MeT specification work is now continuing with release 1.1, which will provide both mobile terminal manufacturers and service providers with a common platform for developing secure mobile e-commerce services. This new specification specifically addresses consistency and enables interoperability testing with the conformance test suite. The future specifications will include documents in areas such as payment and ticketing.

The open standard of the MeT Initiative enables mobile devices to deliver mobile e-commerce for a wide array of services across various networks. MeT leverages existing industry standards such as evolving WAP (Wireless Application Protocol), ECML (Electronic Commerce Modeling Language), WTLS (Wireless Transport Layer Security), TLS (Transport Layer Security), WIM (Wireless Identity Module), PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) and local connectivity standards such as Bluetooth to ensure transaction security.

MeT is creating a common platform upon which various services can be built from a common set of components. MeT -based services can be accessed both remotely and locally. MeT is addressing the needs of application areas such as identification, authorization, credit and debit card payments, loyalty schemes, and ticketing.

More information can be found at www.mobiletransaction.org. The specifications can be downloaded free of charge at www.mobiletransaction.org/documents.html.

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