BASE mobile subscribers can now make contactless payments using their smartphone at the supermarket, when filling up their car and in restaurants using the “BASE Wallet” digital wallet – and it is just as secure as using a traditional debit or credit card. This high level of security is made possible by G&D. As a partner in security, it supplies special SIM cards with highly secure memory for storing the digital Maestro card. Giesecke & Devrient also operates a high-security data centre for E-Plus, enabling them to install the payment application on the SIM card, personalise it and manage it over its life cycle. Owners of NFC-enabled smartphones can now make contactless payments at more than 35,000 locations in Germany provided they have a digital wallet equipped with a payment function, like the digital Maestro card. “We think that contactless card or smartphone payment will become the norm over the next few years. Of course, we first need to fulfill all requirements for wide public acceptance. Customers want flexible, easy payment, without compromising on security,” says Carsten Ahrens, Group SVP and Head of the Telecommunication Industries Division at G&D. “Together, we are fulfilling customers’ need for security. We are also setting high standards in terms of the variety of applications. Right from the start, our mobile telephony customers can both pay securely using the mobile wallet and redeem digital coupons. Customers can also save their membership cards, such as their ADAC (the German Automobile Club) card, onto their smartphone. There is now no need to always carry your wallet with you, as smartphones with built-in digital wallets are becoming increasingly important in customers’ everyday lives,” says Martin Deventer, Director of Core Network and Services at E-Plus.