Oberthur Card Systems SIM Vault: A safe on your SIM card

Thursday 11 November 2004 00:13 CET | News

Passwords, PINs codes, login … Every day, you use them to pay, enter a building, log on to your computer, etc… What if a unique password could protect all the others?

It can. Oberthur Card Systems’ SIM Vault application allows you to securely store your personal and confidential information on the SIM card of your mobile phone. Storing data on the SIM card offers many advantages. The subscriber can change his mobile phone as often as he wishes and doesn’t have to worry about his personal data being located on a remote server. Additionally, the data is always available since he can retrieve it with his mobile phone. If the SIM card is lost, an innovative back up is available. A simple SMS with the personal data can be sent to a reliable person who will store either all or part of the data in their own SIM card. The information sent is encrypted, so it can only be stored, not read. Should the user lose his SIM card, he can ask the reliable person to send him the SMS back - his personal data will be stored on the new card. The owner of the data and the password is the only one who can read the information stored on the second card, which must also host the SIM Vault application. This kind of application provides a rapid return on investment for operators. Through SIM Vault, the end user can personalize his SIM card and turn it into a unique tool. Perfect for customer loyalty, SIM Vault and other SIM Toolkit applications also create interest for the other services included on the card, thereby encouraging their use. By being better informed of the services offered on his card, the subscriber can generate additional revenues for the mobile operator. By developing the smart card of the future, Oberthur Card Systems allows mobile operators to differentiate themselves in an extremely competitive and changing environment and looks forward to heighten subscribers’ awareness of the SIM card’s added value.

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