HID Global and Sony to jointly develop Contactless Smart Card Readers for the Global PC Market

HID Global and Sony have entered into a Memorandum of Intent for a strategic partnership to jointly develop an embedded contactless smart card reader platform for the global PC marketplace. The jointly developed platform will be designed specifically for laptop manufacturers and will encompass Sony and HID Global contactless solutions and a broad range of other widely deployed technologies while supporting specific regional and application needs.

The new embedded reader platform will support Sony’s FeliCa contactless card technology, HID Global’s iCLASS credentials, as well as other broadly adopted technologies. Furthermore, the reader solution will support applications based on Near Field Communication (NFC). Plans are in place to provide details and availability later this year.

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