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April 23rd, 2014

By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 April 2014, 12:28

Bank develops NFC suit that lets customers pay by swiping a sleeve

Heritage Bank and outfitter MJ Bale teamed up to make the NFC power suit a reality

Australia’s Heritage Bank has unveiled prototypes of a suit that comes with an embedded NFC chip and antenna to allow its wearer to make NFC payments at contactless POS terminals by simply swiping their sleeve.

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April 22nd, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 22 April 2014, 10:30

PayPal takes another look at NFC

The arrival of host card emulation (HCE) has led to a re-think of online payments giant PayPal’s famously anti-NFC point of view, company president David Marcus has revealed. “I’m moving from being a massive skeptic of NFC, to being cautiously optimistic on NFC HCE take-up in very specific shopping use cases,” he says.

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April 16th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 16 April 2014, 13:09

NFC Forum updates specs with support for pairing at a distance

New versions of nine NFC Forum specifications have been published today, including version 1.3 of the NFC Connection Handover Technical Specification which now provides a way to use an intermediary NFC device to set up a connection between two other NFC devices located at a distance from each other.

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April 15th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 April 2014, 12:07

Total Produce pushes fruit and veg with NFC in supermarkets

International fresh produce distributor Total Produce is to provide consumers with access to videos, recipes, interactive games and content about the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet via NFC tag and QR code-equipped SmartStands located in supermarkets and convenience stores.

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April 14th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 April 2014, 12:45

GSMA reports on NFC adoption at MWC, SIM trends and HCE

One in nine attendees at Mobile World Congress (11.8%) made use of the NFC Badge function available at this year’s event, the GSMA has told NFC World, and there was a “significant increase” in the number of people participating in the NFC Experience as a whole this year.

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April 14th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 April 2014, 12:26

Thales shows off airline seat with NFC

Thales Group has unveiled its Immersive Business Class Seat, an airline seating concept that uses NFC to enable passengers to use their mobile phone to set their comfort and entertainment preferences before boarding.

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April 14th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 14 April 2014, 11:34

Rogers expands Suretap NFC wallet with support for prepaid and gift cards

Canadian carrier Rogers Communications has added support for multiple card types to its Suretap wallet service. The new NFC-enabled cards include a Rogers prepaid MasterCard and gift cards from a range of merchants including Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill and Bar, Montana’s Cookhouse, Harvey’s, Kelsey’s, Indigo, Earls Restaurants, Ardene and Spafinder Wellness 365.

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April 11th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 11 April 2014, 10:33

Apple iWatch to ship with NFC this year?

Apple will enter the wearable devices market “this fall” with an iWatch that includes a secure element, NFC communications capabilities and support for biometrics, according to a new research note by Taiwan-based KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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April 10th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 April 2014, 13:15

Ingenic unveils developer board for wearable devices with NFC

Chinese embedded CPU provider Ingenic Semiconductor has unveiled a MIPS-based developer board that can be used to create wearable, healthcare and industrial devices that include a wide range of environmental sensors and wireless communications interfaces.

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April 10th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 10 April 2014, 11:45

Fujitsu adds ATMs with NFC and biometrics

Fujitsu has launched a series of ATMs aimed at the European market that support its PalmSecure biometric verification technology as well as contactless and NFC transactions.

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News in brief

Cantaloupe to run Isis promo

By Rian Boden • 10 April 2014, 13:19 • Last updated 10 April 2014, 13:19

Cloud-based vending solutions provider Cantaloupe Systems has added support for the Isis SmartTap NFC platform and is to offer Isis Mobile Wallet users a “buy three get one free” promotion on purchases made at its cashless-enabled vending machines around the US. After making three purchases from participating machines using the Isis Mobile Wallet, customers will get their fourth purchase free.

New Snapdragon supports NFC

By Sarah Clark • 10 April 2014, 12:51 • Last updated 10 April 2014, 12:51

Chip maker Qualcomm has unveiled a new generation of Snapdragon processors aimed at “premium mobile computing devices”. The high-end Snapdragon 810 is “designed to deliver the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences in video, imaging and graphics” and provides support for Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0 and Qualcomm’s IZat location core as well as NFC.

Sequent gets Visa TSM approval

By Sarah Clark • 10 April 2014, 11:40 • Last updated 10 April 2014, 11:40

Sequent Software has gained Visa approval for its digital issuance platform, a service provider TSM (SP-TSM) solution that enables card issuers to manage and distribute payment credentials to consumers’ NFC phones. “The Visa approval provides peace of mind to our customers since they know that the security of our platform far exceeds most commercial requirements,” says Lance Johnson, Sequent’s chief security officer.

Midrange Samsung gets NFC

By Mike Clark • 10 April 2014, 10:52 • Last updated 10 April 2014, 10:52

Samsung’s Galaxy Ace Style mid-range smartphone, announced this week, is to come with NFC. The device, which features a 4-inch display and runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, will ship globally this month and is expected to retail at between €200 and €300.

Verizon outs Samsung’s Ativ SE

By Mike Clark • 7 April 2014, 11:16 • Last updated 7 April 2014, 11:16

US network Verizon has revealed details of Samsung’s latest Windows Phone handset, pre-empting the manufacturer’s own announcement of the device. The Samsung Ativ SE runs Windows Phone 8 and features a 5-inch full HD display, a quad core processor and 4G LTE, along with NFC.

Mashreq offers NFC stickers

By Mike Clark • 7 April 2014, 09:47 • Last updated 7 April 2014, 09:47

UAE-based Mashreq Bank is now offering its credit card customers a contactless payment sticker that can be attached to a mobile phone. Purchases of under 100 dirhams (US$27.23) can be made with the Tap n Go stickers at any of the more than 4,000 points of sale in the UAE equipped with a contactless payment terminal, without the need for a PIN or signature.

DCR to offer NFC HCE

By Mike Clark • 4 April 2014, 12:10 • Last updated 4 April 2014, 12:10

Canada-based prepaid program provider DCR Strategies is to provide its clients in Europe, Canada, the USA and Latin America with the ability to offer mobile payments to their customers using both “conventional” NFC solutions and host card emulation (HCE). The service will also support mobile gifting and loyalty applications and will use technology supplied by Carta Worldwide.

Westpac readies embedded NFC

By Rian Boden • 31 March 2014, 13:13 • Last updated 31 March 2014, 13:13

Australia’s Westpac bank is to launch its NFC mobile payments service next month, with credentials stored in the embedded secure elements offered by some Android phones. “We are in the final stages of testing the embedded mobile payments functionality on the Android with a view to release this to customers by the end of April,” James Kirby, head of payments strategy at Westpac, has told NFC World.

Vodafone Wallet goes Dutch

By Rian Boden • 28 March 2014, 12:49 • Last updated 28 March 2014, 12:49

Mobile network operator Vodafone‘s NFC-based mobile wallet and prepaid SmartPass account is now available in the Netherlands. The launch follows introductions in Spain in November 2013 and in Germany earlier this month. The service is also due to be launched in the UK “later this year.”

Cuscal tests HCE in Australia

By Rian Boden • 28 March 2014, 12:24 • Last updated 28 March 2014, 12:24

An NFC payments service using host card emulation (HCE) is being tested in-house by Australian transactional banking services provider Cuscal. The company aims to make the solution commercially available mid 2014, as either a client-branded mobile app or via an API, enabling its clients’ customers to use their mobile phones to make payments at any Visa payWave contactless terminal.

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April 24th, 2014

NFC World's latest news articles

  1. Bank develops NFC suit that lets customers pay by swiping a sleeve
  2. PayPal takes another look at NFC
  3. NFC Forum updates specs with support for pairing at a distance
  4. Total Produce pushes fruit and veg with NFC in supermarkets
  5. GSMA reports on NFC adoption at MWC, SIM trends and HCE
  6. Thales shows off airline seat with NFC
  7. Rogers expands Suretap NFC wallet with support for prepaid and gift cards
  8. Apple iWatch to ship with NFC this year?
  9. Cantaloupe to run Isis promo
  10. Ingenic unveils developer board for wearable devices with NFC
  11. New Snapdragon supports NFC
  12. Fujitsu adds ATMs with NFC and biometrics
  13. Sequent gets Visa TSM approval
  14. EnStream picks Bell ID TSM for NFC in Canada
  15. Vodafone launches NFC SmartPass in Italy
  16. Midrange Samsung gets NFC
  17. WiFi Alliance adds support for NFC
  18. Carrefour equips new digital hypermarket with NFC
  19. The Hunger Games catches fire with NFC
  20. Elisa offers NFC payment stickers in stores
 
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