Banco Santander deploys Gemalto smart-card technology

NFC player Gemalto says Spain’s Banco Santander is now issuing its Optelio Contactless microSD solution in Spain, Brazil, Chile and Mexico as part of a University Smart Card program.

The application has already gone live at several universities, says Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and means that students, teachers and other personnel can use mobile phones for tasks such as gaining entry to buildings and to make payments in canteens.

NFC player Gemalto says Spain’s Banco Santander is now issuing its Optelio Contactless microSD solution in Spain, Brazil, Chile and Mexico as part of a University Smart Card program.

The application has already gone live at several universities, says Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and means that students, teachers and other personnel can use mobile phones for tasks such as gaining entry to buildings and to make payments in canteens.

Banco Santander (Santander, Spain) is also incorporating its own mobile payment wallet with the service and plans to deploy a wide range of services, such as mobile transportation ticket, using the microSD.

The bank’s University Smart Card program is already used by more than 7.1 million people in more than 270 universities across 12 countries, according to Gemalto’s statement.

The Dutch company says its solution will give Banco Santander all the necessary tools for creating its own mobile app.

The microSD Gemalto is providing includes 4GB of memory space for the storage of photos and videos as well as support for ticketing applications.

“With Gemalto’s microSD technology, students benefit from the speed and convenience of an NFC mobile phone, without needing an NFC-ready handset,” said Vicente Prior, the director of products and channels for Santander Universities. “It offers a fast-to-deploy option to deliver a host of mobile contactless services to our end users and help them become more accustomed to this new way of completing transactions.”