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    SD Association and GlobalPlatform to set standards for external secure elements

    November 21st, 2011

    The two associations will create international standards for SD and microSD format secure elements for use in NFC services as well as a wide range of other applications. More

    Samsung adds embedded SE

    November 21st, 2011

    Samsung Electronics has launched a system-in-package (SIP) NFC embedded secure element solution. The Secu-NFC chip combines an NFC controller and a secure element in a package measuring 4.3mm by 4.3mm by 1mm and includes 760KB of high-density flash memory. “Samsung’s new secure NFC solution with its high data storage capacity provides consumers with ample room to expand operation service and features to deliver the ultimate user experience,” says the company’s Dojun Rhee.

    Swedish MNOs form payments JV

    November 21st, 2011

    Swedish mobile operators Telia, Tele2, Telenor and 3 have formed a mobile payments joint venture. The new company plans to launch a mobile wallet by mid-2012 which will allow Swedes to pay for services such as public transportation and parking. All operators will offer the same product, making it easier for customers to switch providers.

    Sony and HID launch NFC reader module for laptops and tablets

    November 17th, 2011

    Sony and secure identity specialist HID Global have launched a contactless smart card reader platform that can add NFC and secure access control to laptop PCs and other mobile devices. The design includes a secure… More

    Google Wallet swallows Checkout

    November 17th, 2011

    Google is taking a step towards a unified digital wallet by rebranding and moving its existing online payments system into Google Wallet. “We’re starting to take all the great functionality and ease-of-use you’ve come to know with Google Checkout and merge it with Google Wallet to create a single wallet, whether you’re buying online or in-store,” says the company.

    Gap tries out Google Wallet

    November 17th, 2011

    Shoppers at more than 65 Gap Inc stores in San Francisco’s Bay Area can now use Google Wallet to pay for purchases and collect rewards and offers. Participating chains include Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Banana… More

    45 mobile operators commit to NFC

    November 16th, 2011

    The mobile network operators have signed up to support and implement SIM-based NFC in a move the GSMA says will “promote the global interoperability of services and accelerate time-to-market”. More

    Visa unveils V.me wallet brand

    November 16th, 2011

    The payments giant’s digital wallet is to be called ‘V.me’ and will launch in 2012 as a payment system for online transactions, with NFC at the point of sale and targeted rewards, offers and coupons set to follow. More

    Clear2Pay joins GlobalPlatform

    November 15th, 2011

    Payments and testing specialist Clear2Pay has joined smart card standards association GlobalPlatform as a Participating Member. The company will contribute to specifications for the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) and participate in the GlobalPlatform Compliance Program, which in 2012 will focus on developing test tools to evaluate the compliance of TEE products to GlobalPlatform specifications.

    VeriFone buys Point in move to managed services

    November 15th, 2011

    VeriFone has acquired electronic payments specialist Point International from Nordic Capital for €600m (US$812m) as the POS terminal maker accelerates its transition to a managed services revenue model. Stockholm-based Point provides a range of services… More

    French bank tries iPhone NFC

    November 15th, 2011

    French bank Credit Agricole is launching a contactless payment trial in Caen. The bank will provide 200 iPhone users with a phone case from Device Fidelity containing a microSD-based NFC solution. Triallists will be able to use a Visa-provided secure payment application to make purchases of up to €20 (US$27) from merchants accepting Visa contactless payments.

    Samsung ships 4m NFC handsets

    November 15th, 2011

    Samsung shipped four million NFC phones in the first eight months of this year, the GSM Association’s Nav Bains has revealed. The company had previously shipped just 100,000 NFC handsets in total. Bains, the trade association’s NFC lead, says that the technology has now reached a tipping point and that the GSMA knows of 26 commercially available handsets offering SIM-based NFC.

    Ecebs joins OSPT Alliance

    November 15th, 2011

    Transit systems specialist Ecebs has joined the OSPT Alliance as a full member and will promote the alliance’s Cipurse standard for secure transit fare collection solutions. The company’s Stephen McSpadden commented, “The Cipurse open standard provides the advanced security capabilities needed for today and tomorrow’s transit solutions, as well as the flexibility to deliver elegant, efficient products for global use.”

    Inside shows off NFC on a SIM

    November 15th, 2011

    The digital security specialist has developed an NFC card emulation solution that fits within a standard SIM form factor, allowing NFC to be added to any mobile phone. More

    Sony announces FeliCa Lite-S NFC chip

    November 14th, 2011

    Sony has announced the FeliCa Lite-S chip, a smaller, faster and more secure update to its low cost FeliCa Lite chip for NFC tags and stickers. The new chip improves security by introducing a “write… More

    UPM launches NFC tag resource

    November 14th, 2011

    NFC inlay manufacturer UPM RFID has launched a website that acts as a hub to connect consumers, developers and businesses with online NFC tag stores around the world. NFCtags.com, says the Finnish company, “brings together the most comprehensive selection of NFC online vendors, converters and printing houses by service area and expertise.”

    CPI enters TSM business with Bell ID’s software

    November 14th, 2011

    “Utilising Bell ID’s software solutions will enable us to offer services and support to the emerging payments industry by providing the framework for a powerful and flexible offering to our North American customers,” says Steve Montross, the card manufacturer’s president and CEO. More

    MPI enters NFC tag market

    November 14th, 2011

    Label manufacturer MPI has added NFC tags to its RFID product line. Shauna Bardo, general manager for RFID, says, “NFC tags provide opportunity for companies to present their promotional items and new product launches with added depth in sales analysis. It also gives consumers a new dimension in product interaction.” MPI Label Systems employs more than 550 staff at nine manufacturing facilities and 35 sales offices across the US.

    ShelfX builds NFC into smart shopping shelves

    November 14th, 2011

    “We are taking the shopper back to a time when shopping was simple,” says the founder of a start-up which is using NFC and shelf-based weighing scales to enable customers to self serve in large stores. More

    Motorola Droid Razr to offer NFC?

    November 14th, 2011

    A teardown of the new Motorola Droid Razr conducted for Engadget has discovered that the smartphone includes an NXP PN544 NFC controller chip. Engadget notes, however, that “the Linux driver is present, but hardware appears to be missing or misconfigured.”

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