The FINANCIAL — PT Telkomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk one of the leading telecommunications, information, media, edutainment, and services companies in the Republic of Indonesia – and Sony Corporation – one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, information technology products and component devices – on October 15 announced that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and will partner to develop an “NFC common platform” based on Sony’s FeliCa technology, targeted at the Indonesian market. The two companies will also collaborate in order to promote the platform and encourage its adoption across a variety of industries in Indonesia.
Telkom Indonesia and Sony share a vision for smartcard systems, whose introduction they see as making people’s daily lives considerably easier and smarter. With smartcards, customers will be able to use their cards, mobile phones and devices of other shapes and sizes at various locales, such as public transport stations, retail locations, and schools, according to Sony.
The two companies have thus agreed to collaborate on the development of the NFC common platform, which will serve as a secure all-in-one solution platform for service providers. It will realize greater convenience across various applications, including electronic prepaid transactions, security access, and loyalty rewards services.
“Telkom’s cooperation with Sony -a leading manufacturer of electronics information technology products and key devices Including FeliCa- is expected to increase the use of NFC technologies base in Indonesia,” said Indra Utoyo, Innovation and Strategic Portfolio Director of Telkom Indonesia.
Indra Utoyo added, “Telkom has experienced and understands the market conditions in Indonesia, therefore I am optimistic through this MoU both companies can further enhance the cooperation developing FeliCa service both for the consumer and professional segments.”
“We are very pleased to have come to this agreement with Telkom Indonesia – a powerful and influential solutions company in Indonesia,” said Mr. Kazuyuki Sakamoto, Senior General Manager at Sony Corporation’s FeliCa Business Division. “We will work hard to make a positive contribution to and enhance the solutions that Telkom Indonesia provides, using Sony’s FeliCa technology. We will also leverage the wealth of experience that we have accumulated in Japan and Hong Kong, where many services – from transportation to e-payment to NFC-enabled mobile services – have utilized our FeliCa technology.”
As the first initiative under this MoU, Telkom Indonesia and Sony will work together with Trans Metro Bandung to implement a trial run for this NFC common platform, for the purposes of automated fare collection.