RIM is not only targeting the NFC market with their NFC enabled smartphones, but they are also targeting TSM services and NFC enabled SIM cards as well. RIM is targeting its “secure element manager” service at mobile operators, offering to manage their NFC SIM cards. Now this is separate from their NFC enabled smartphones, as not all RIM models currently have NFC capabilities built-in.
RIM confirmed to NFC Times that it is working with Netherlands-based smart card management system vendor Bell ID to provide its TSM service. Bell ID has a TSM platform to manage keys and applications.
“RIM says it could manage NFC SIMs and even embedded secure elements on Android and Windows Phone devices, though it would be unlikely to get contracts to manage the embedded chips owned by other device makers.” Now of course RIM may not be able to properly target other manufacturers, but this strategy does offer RIM some new chances to earn more profit outside of the traditional BlackBerry infrastructure.
“RIM has long history of security; and we are very adept at securely managing devices over the air,” MacGillivray told NFC Times. “If you look at these other service providers, they certainly have experience with SIMs and UICCs and relationships with carriers, but RIM also has relationships with carriers.”
You can read more about RIM’s move into TSM Services at the source link below.