Bell ID

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Bell Identification B.V., or Bell ID, is a Dutch software company that develops smart token management software,[1][2] including key management, smart card management,[2] EMV data preparation,[3] and host card emulation-based mobile payments software.[4] Bell ID was acquired by Rambus in 2016[5] and in 2019, Visa Inc. acquired Bell ID from Rambus.[6]


Bell ID was formerly known as AND Identification B.V., and changed its name in 2000.[3] The company was founded in 1993[3] to provide ID solutions for governments and enterprises in the Benelux region.[7] In 2004, Bell ID became a privately held company,[8] and established itself in the EMV smart card and mobile payments market.[3] In 2012 Bell ID acquired Ecebs.[1]


In April 2014, Bell ID was awarded by Mondato with the European MFS Innovation of the Year Award[9] and by Contactless Intelligence with a Contactless & Mobile Award in the ecosystem category[10] for Secure Element in the Cloud. In June 2014, the same product received the NFCP award for the next big thing in proximity.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Smart card tech firm Ecebs sold to Dutch company", BBC. 13 November 2012., Retrieved February 27, 2013
  2. ^ a b Hendry, Mike (June, 2007), "Multi-application Smart Cards: Technology and applications" Retrieved February 27, 2013
  3. ^ a b c d "Company Overview of Bell Identification B.V." Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  4. ^ Hudson, Andrew (24 March 2014). "Host-card emulation enables NFC without a secure element". SecureIDNews. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Rambus acquires Bell ID". Finextra. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Visa Completes Acquisition of Rambus Payments Portfolio". Business Wire. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  7. ^ Ubhey, Anoop (15 November 2001). "CMS Smiles on Bell ID". Frost & Sullivan. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Founder of Bell Group acquires Bell ID". Finextra. 17 May 2005. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Mondato awards". Mondato Summit. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  10. ^ Atkins, Steve (29 April 2014). "They're here! The winners of CMA2014 are announced!". Contactless Intelligence. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  11. ^ Clark, Mike (10 June 2014). "Bell ID and Aditium win awards". NFC World. Retrieved 17 July 2014.

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