Visa approves RIM’s Secure Element Manager solution for NFC mobile payments

Ian Hardy

January 16, 2013 9:06am

RIM has notched up another certification on their belt. This time around is has to do with NFC (Near Field Communication) and their Secure Element Manager (SEM) has been approved by Visa. This is an important one as it adds a bit more trust to the growing, yet still skeptical, mobile payment industry in Canada. RIM, EnStream (joint venture between Rogers, Bell and TELUS) and CIBC recently partnered up to launch the “suretap” program that allows BlackBerry users to securely pay for products from their smartphone.

The full press release is below, but Frank Maduri, Senior Director, NFC Services and TSM Product Management at RIM, stated that “the approval from Visa of RIM’s SEM solution is an important step in that it will enable carriers to support Visa issuing banks and financial institutions. We now offer carriers a robust solution with around-the-clock global support that works on any NFC-capable device, and meets the stringent technology and usability guidelines for Visa.”

Bring on BlackBerry 10.

Source: RIM

  • Brodie

    woot…go RIM!

    • 8-downS

      Have a feeling Blackberry provide mobile payment before google wallet to canada. anyways no matter who is first. im excited. and iphone can go f*ck itself and its passport s**t.

    • Brad F, Brad F(anboy), jack


      Whoa! This is the amount of testosterone one gets when not using an iPhone. This is normal.



  • Nothin But RIM

    RIM’s getting all their ducks in a row before launch! This is gonna be big!



    • Dan S

      You need to get a F***ing life. Your a dumb troll.

  • Brad F, Brad F(anboy), jack

    RIM @ $14.42.

    • Sgt.Romanov

      How is Apple stock doing ?? still falling over the cliff because people are tired of the same old same from apple , Its time for RIM and BB10 :))

  • Dan S

    Get a life loser.

    • Brad F, Brad F(anboy), jack

      @ Dan S

      Losers call losers losers. Loser. =)

  • sp

    actually RIM stock is at 15.00 but that could change by the end of the trading day… just as APPL stocks were at $485 last night and is now at $501.85

  • @Donn

    i love rim,

  • Sweet

    Apple’s Passbook is by far a more secure solution than anything NFC based and more easily deployable since the merchant only requires a barcode reader (which they probably already have) and a software update at the point of purchase.

    Still, I’m really glad to hear RIM got this certification. It should provide another revenue stream for RIM, since SEM works with non-RIM devices as well.

    Now, if only RIM would put a fingerprint scanner in their devices. 🙂