A Cloud Based Framework For HCE Enabled NFC Services
Near Field Communication (NFC) gained further appreciation with the recent advances in Internet of Things, Ubiquitous Computing, and Cloud Computing. The deficiencies of existing Secure Element (SE) alternatives for NFC services bring new Secure Element opportunities over time. Cloud based SE concept emerged especially after the introduction of Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology with Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS by Google. HCE provides new functionality for card emulation operating mode of NFC and introduces new methods for storing, accessing, and managing private data on the Cloud instead of on the Smartphones. The aim of this study is to provide a complete Cloud based framework for enabling NFC services those benefits from HCE technology. The proposed framework is described through involving actors, roles and responsibilities, and also through system components which are system registration, system management and system usage. The secure interaction between actors and the communication model of system registration and system usage components are presented as well.
Index Terms- Cloud, Framework, Host Card Emulation, Near Field Communication, Secure Element