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Security is one of the fundamental elements of any payment solution. Financial Institutions increasingly seek to mitigate the risk of fraud in order to protect their customers and hence their own payment franchise. Enhanced security on plastic cards requires a so-called "Secure Element (SE)" - like a chipcard - to store the bank's payment credentials (security keys) and other critical data. One example is the introduction of "Chip and PIN" (EMV chip-based security) on cards in Europe to replace magstripe-based systems. While the direction for plastic cards seems clear, the Industry is looking for ways to secure Mobile Payments at a comparable level. The question is then, which SE in the mobile handset is available to facilitate the mass-market introduction of secure mobile payments?
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